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  • We the people . . .

    Monday, Cookie King, along with her staff at Cookie King Real Estate presented pocket-sized books of the Constitution to students at Williston Middle High School in recognition of Constitution Day.

    “It’s important for you to have this document,” King told members from the school’s academic clubs, FFA, HOSA, FBLA and AVID, who represented the student body.

    “As Americans,” she said, “we all have lots of opinions and we don’t always agree. The Constitution protects all of us.”

  • City workers excel during Irma

    Hurricane Irma tested almost everyone's patience last week, but Tuesday night in its postmortem of the situation, Williston's leaders had nothing but good to say about its workers.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann briefed council members on how he monitored the situation pre-storm, during the storm and afterward, telling them that a phone call rather than email or text is always the best way to get his attention.

  • Red Devils get another 'W'

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the state, the Williston Red Devils still managed to pick up their second win of the year last Thursday night at Seven Rivers Christian School.

    The game had to be changed from Friday to Thursday due to the current state of emergency consuming the state. 28-14 was the final score.

    A record setting offensive performance highlighted the night for the Red Devils.

  • Duke Energy Florida cancels plans to build Levy nuclear plant

    By Michael Bates

    For the Williston Pioneer

    Duke Energy Florida announced Tuesday it is no longer moving forward with developing a nuclear facility in Levy County.

    That’s bad news for the local economy because the hundreds of jobs that would likely have been created are now off the table. It also means residents’ monthly bills will not increase as much as previously proposed.

  • Power-less from Irma

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The worst-case projections for Irma predicted a potential Category 2 – even 3 – barreling through the area, with sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour, and a storm surge over 15 or 20 feet, leaving parts of Cedar Key and Yankeetown inaccessible for the foreseeable future.

    Thankfully, the county was spared from that scenario.

  • Meeting Thursday night for Williston residents
  • I-75 will remain open

     Today, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that I-75 will remain open, as flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River. As of this morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe. 

     

    On Wednesday, FDOT and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that due to unprecedented flooding of the Santa Fe River, there was a potential for I-75 to close for motorist safety.

     

  • MANDATORY EVACUATION FOR LEVY COUNTY

     MANDATORY EVACUATION has been ordered for Levy County residents beginning at 4 p.m. today, September 8, 2017.

  • Bracing for Irma

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    As Floridians, we have certainly had our fair share of hurricanes. For some, it even calls for a quick run by the liquor cabinet to watch the storm unfold outside. Hurricane Irma is not your average hurricane. Residents need to stay prepared and vigilant. As the coverage unfolds on this powerful storm system, the unpredictable nature of these storms can be daunting.

  • Mystery Solved

    The large evergreens that dot the lawn at Williston City Hall have been a hot topic for more than a year.

    At first, there were complaints that they weren't taken care of properly then some said they're too large for the grounds. Some people wanted them removed; others protested, declaring their beauty – and novelty.

    These are no ordinary trees. In fact, they're native to the Himalayas. How did they get to Williston?