Local News

  • Teen loses bid to be on home detention

     Chris Sutherlin Jr., charged with 2nd degree felony manslaughter in the death of Rocky Sparks of Crystal River, lost his bid to be put on home detention Friday in a courtroom packed with Sparks’ family and friends.
    Levy County Judge James T. Browning denied the request made by the 15-year-old New Port Richey boy’s attorney, Allan H. Kaye of Gainesville.  

  • Williston revving up for Independence Day

    The city of Williston will celebrate Independence Day in hometown style Saturday, July 2.
    The annual parade will begin at 5 p.m.  The parade theme is “Proud to be an American”.  This year Dr. Kenneth Wise will lead the parade as its Grand Parade Marshal.

  • Finance director resigns

    Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.

  • Williston could have power outages

    The city of Williston is looking into why there have been several power outages in the last few months.

    Gary Bitter, an engineer with Progress Energy, has been contacted and he and CJ Zimoski believe in order to isolate and locate the problem, the  settings on the recloser will have to be changed. This will not leave the system unprotected; however, it will allow the fuses to blow.

    If there is a problem on the city’s system it may cause outages.  These outages should be limited to a few blocks at a time rather than the whole town flashing.

  • City Finance Director Resigns

    Marisela Barcenas, Williston's finance director, has resigned effective June 24, 2011.
    At last week's city council meeting, council members learned that the state-mandated audit has hit a stumbling block because the auditors do not have the necessary information to proceed.
    The auditor told council that bank reconciliations have not been done nor have the 2010 books been closed.
    Barcenas was not at the meeting Tuesday, and has not attended in over two months.


  • 25 Years Ago

    From the Williston-Sun
    Suwannee Valley News
    June 5, 1986 and June 12, 1986

  • Bronson council says map proves FEMA wrong

    Bronson Town Council members say they now have sound scientific data refuting flood zones established in the town by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    "It makes me really proud because it shows we were right from the start," said Council Member Berlon Weeks at Monday night's regular meeting.

  • Who is the best in your town?

    They have been serving you all year, now it’s your turn to show your appreciation AND take a shot at winning a little pocket money for your effort.
    The Williston Pioneer is sponsoring its first Readers’ Choice Awards (ballot on page 12 of this week's Pioneer), where merchants, services and professionals will be named “The Best of” by the people who patronize them.
    All ballots are collected in our office at 37 South Main St., and each week until the contest ends, one ballot will be drawn. The person who submitted that ballot will win $25.

  • Badlands fire sears county

    About 90 homes, businesses and other buildings near the Goethe State Forest were threatened Monday by a fire that's been burning in the area since April.
    Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Department of Forestry, said the fire, now officially known as the Badlands Fire, picked up steam Monday when it was fed by strong downdrafts from an approaching storm.
    "The fire started getting extremely aggressive and extremely erratic."

  • City hits stumbling block with audit

    The city of Williston has less than four months to meet the state’s auditing requirement. It can be done, but it’s going to take a lot of make up work, the city council learned Tuesday night.
    Helen Painter, of the auditing firm Purvis, Gray & Company, which is conducting the city’s financial audit, presented council members with a list of 15 items still not in their possession and needed to complete the audit before Sept. 30.