Local News

  • Preserving the past–for the future

    James Brown had to think hard about what he likes about working on the old Shell Pond School.

    “It hasn’t hit me yet. It hasn’t jelled,” The 56-year-old carpenter said, gripping a handsaw and standing in front of a pile of salvaged timber. “That’s a tough question. It’s such a simple structure. What it can become, I guess. That’s what it’s about.”

  • WWII vets to meet Thursday at Ivy House

    World War II vets will meet Thursday,  May 12 at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston.
    Last month's meeting was at Salt Creek Restaurant in Suwannee. New members were Victor and Dorothy Durrance of Old Town and Gainesville. The couple has returned to Texas but will return in the fall to resume their residency.
    Mr. Durrance and Bob Heise had a long discussion about their war time experience.
    For questions or more information, call Virginia Lewis at 528-2310 or Dot Halvorsen at542-7697.


  • Wanted: Public Safety Director

    Levy County is in the market for a new public safety director who – depending on who you listen to – will split their time  70 percent to emergency medical services and 30 percent to fire services, or 80 percent medical and 20 percent fire, or  85/15.

  • Justin Fairbanks needs your help

    Justin Fairbanks, 9-year-old son of Kymber Altman and Matt Wilkinson has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and will be hospitalized at Shands for the six month duration of his treatment.
    A fund to help defray the family’s expenses has been established at Perkins State Bank. To make contributions, use this information:
    Perkins State Bank
    Justin Fairbanks and/or Kymber Altman
    Routing # 063102783
    Account # 100939462

  • Hanging Up the Cleats

    It is going to be hard for a lot of Williston Red Devil Baseball fans next season when the sight and sounds of Red Devil Baseball Head Coach Jim Smith are absent following his surprise retirement announcement  April 29.
    Smith turned in his notice from his head coaching position after 23 years, the last 15 at the helm of the Williston Red Devils.
    Smith was faced with this life changing decision following some personal health issues.

  • Not sisters-mother and daughter

    Hattie Rowe and Mimi Johnson were chosen as the mother and daughter who looked most alike. Their similarities won them lunch for two, courtesy of the Williston Pioneer.
    Congratulations and thanks to every one who submitted photos.
    Happy Mother's Day!

  • Tarmac permit approved 3-1

    The Tarmac King Road mine near Inglis is a project unlike anything else to be considered in Florida and it proved it with a record-setting public hearing that went until a final vote at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday.
    The Levy County Commission public hearing on Tarmac’s application for a conditional special exception permit started at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and ended with a vote that took less than 30 seconds from motion to a 3-1 tally.

  • Fugate asks for independent audit

    Because the city failed to follow its own ordinance, Williston electricity customers were overcharged over $196,000, according to Councilman Norm Fugate.
    Fugate met Tuesday with the city’s auditor, who told him, he said that findings indicate the city failed to re-calculate its cost adjustments quarterly.
    The cost adjustment and utility taxes are accrued to ensure customer’s bills are levelized rather than be allowed to flucuate monthly. Customers have consistently paid the same base rate, with only the fuel adjustment charges and taxes changing.

  • Two Williston horses in Run for the Roses

    Horse lovers and racing enthusiasts will be glued to their TVs this Saturday as Churchill Downs marks  the 137th birthday of the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports with the Run for the Roses–the Kentucky Derby.
    This year, Williston and Levy County residents will also take deeper interest in the race since two Williston-area horses are in contention to run for the first jewel in racing’s Triple Crown.

  • National Day of Prayer is Thursday

    The city of Williston will observe the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5 at noon in the pavilion at Heritage Park.
    The National Day of Prayer  is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation.The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952.