Local News

  • New deadlines, office hours effective immediately at the Pioneer

    It’s not just Christmas that’s in the air–change is too.
    Effective with the Dec. 22 edition of the Williston Pioneer, new deadlines for advertising and news are in effect.
    Starting Monday, Dec. 19, all news and advertising must be in our office by noon Monday for possible inclusion in that week’s newspaper. The deadline for all classified and legal advertising has been changed until 3 p.m.

  • Drug dealer gets 45 years

    Hermie McClendon of Chiefland has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for his conviction in a case that also spawned a jury tampering charge against his lifelong friend.
    McClendon was found guilty by a jury on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and sale of a controlled substance. He was sentenced on Nov. 29 to 15 years on the first charge and 30 years on the second, both to be served concurrently.

  • Residents with medical needs should complete form

    Residents within the  city of Williston who have special needs or disabilities are asked to complete assessment information cards and return them to the Williston Police Department.
    Police Chief Dennis Strow said information from the completed cards will be entered into a database that will enable emergency and law enforcement officers to assess in the event of an emergency or disaster.
    A copy of the card can be found on page 3 of this week's edition of the Williston Pioneer. Please clip, complete it and return to:
    Williston Police Department

  • Williston residence home to five sex offenders

    Five men convicted of sex crimes–two designated as predators and three as offenders–are sharing the same residence in East Williston, although all of them are from Alachua County.
    And while it may seem coincidental, the state probation office is fully aware of the living situation and has approved the home for Christopher Caffie and Detwan Wommack, labeled sexual offenders and Robert Lewis Jr., Jeremy Astrologo and Robert J. Perry, all convicted predators.

  • Share with Pioneer readers recipes, photos, memories

    The  staff of the Williston Pioneer is committed to making this a newspaper about and for our readers.
    During the Christmas season we invite you to submit an assorted of items for inclusion in our Dec. 22 edition.
    Here’s what we are looking for:

    Most Memorable Christmas
    The Williston Pioneer wants you to share with our readers the most memorable Christmas you’ve had. In 100 words or less, tell us about a Christmas that you will never forget.

  • Elihu Ross named to council; Robinson elected its president

    It was a meeting that began with a bang and ended quietly after Williston City Council chose a new council member and elected a new president.
    Elihu Ross was chosen to fill the vacancy left by Marc Nussel’s resignation last month.
    Ross was chosen unanimously from among other applicants, Charles Goodman and Jack Screws. He was nominated by Jerry Robinson and Brooks Holloway.
    Michael Shoemaker said any one of the men would have been an excellent choice.

  • Fire reported at the Arbours; no one injured. WFD on scene eliminating smoke
  • Robert Philpot earns lifetime achievement award

    ST LOUIS   – Robert Philpot of Williston, . is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Lifetime Achievement Award on November 18 at the NAAE annual convention in St. Louis.

  • Guardian Angels pass the leash to new owners

    Actor Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond fame is acting as master of ceremony for the inaugural Passing of the Leash Ceremony of the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. on Saturday at the Holy Family Catholic Church parish hall in WIlliston.
    A dessert party and photo opportunity with Garrett will begin at 7 p.m., with the ceremony starting at 8 p.m.  The ceremony is held to symbolically mark the occasion of turning over the medical service dogs from the Guardian Angels trainers to their new owners.

  • Senate releases proposed reapportionment maps

    The state Senate reapportionment committee has released its proposed reapportionment maps for Congressional and Florida Senate districts and the news for Levy is that it will no longer be divided into two congressional districts.