Local News

  • 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.

  • Voluntary burn ban in effect

    Levy County Emergency Management in cooperation with Florida Division of Forestry have decided to institute a VOLUNTARY burn ban for Levy County.

    Here are some of the reasons why this decision was made:

    •Levy County has not received significant long term rainfall in 30 days.

    •The drought index currently is 638 and is expected to rise until we have rainfall. To see the state drought index go to http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/KBDI/index.html

  • Chiefland Watermelon Festival this Saturday

    Chiefland celebrates its biggest cash crop with the 57th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thousands come from surrounding communities to enjoy a free slice of the fruit, enjoy children’s activities, buy arts and crafts, and view the annual parade.

  • Judge upholds most of award in sex abuse case

    A 16-year-old boy who claimed in a civil suit that he was molested by his uncle and his grandmother did not prevent it should receive $22.44 million of the $26.4 million in damages awarded by a Levy County jury.
    But the decision may be appealed to the 1st District Court of Appeals, as the final judgment in the cases lists Stuart Markman as an appellate attorney for the grandmother and her insurer, Southern Owners Insurance Co.

  • Man killed at mud bogging event

    A 15-year-old New Port Richey boy is charged with manslaughter in the stabbing death of a man on Saturday at Horse Hole Creek Mud Bog near Inglis, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    Roderic L. Sparks, 24, of Crystal River, was pronounced dead at Seven Rivers Memorial Hospital in Crystal River where he was taken following an altercation at the mud pit.
    Christopher Sutherlin Jr., 15, is charged with manslaughter and incarcerated at Levy County Jail. State law allows the publication of a juvenile’s name when charged with a felony.