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Local News

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Veterans Day Parade 10 a.m. Saturday in Williston
  • City's future begins with residents' input

    When Allison Megrath talks about GOPs, she's not talking about Republicans.

    In her line of work as a professional planner, GOP means Goals, Objectives and Policies.

    Last Thursday night, some 20 people attended a workshop at city hall that launched a year-long process that will end with the city of Williston adopting a comprehensive plan that encompasses its future growth.

  • New fire truck approved

    It's taken a while and it's going to take a bit longer, but the Williston Fire Department will at last be able to replace one of its main trucks.

    At its meeting last week, city council approved for the department to order a new truck, estimated to cost $408,000.

    The new vehicle replaces one that was totaled when someone ran into it while the department was answering a call last year.

  • City millage stays the same

    Operating on a budget that is a 1.4 decrease in expenditures from 2016-2017, the Williston City Council voted last week to keep the millage rate the same as last year.

    At the first public hearing, Sept. 6, with no one from the public in attendance, the council first voted to keep the rate at 5.8627 mills, with Council President Charles Goodman dissenting.

    When asked about the reason for his "nay" vote, Goodman asked, "Were you at our budget workshops?"

  • 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.