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  • Levy Cup Crush

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    As Justin Wentworth waited to hear whether or not his Williston football team would make the playoffs for the first time since 2009, the third-year coach wasn’t sure if his team’s schedule would work in his favor or be a detriment.

  • Williston may be home to new animal shelter

    The city of Williston inched closer to getting a new animal shelter Tuesday night when council members agreed to help fund plans for a facility near the municipal airport.

    Bob Levesque, president of the Levy Animal Friends, Inc. (LeAF), with about a dozen supporters from that agency and the Williston Animal Group (WAG) came to the city council meeting and outlined plans for a new shelter that would be located on seven acres near the current WAG site.

  • Veterans will be honored with Saturday parade

    Men and women from all walks of life representing every branch of military service will be the guests of honor Saturday, when the city of Williston hosts the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade.

    Step-off is at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. More than 35 units have pre-registered to participate in the parade down Noble Avenue including floats, motorcycles and horse and buggies.

    Following the parade, everyone is encouraged to come to the Heritage Park Pavilion where Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat's annual Veterans Day Program will take place.

  • Lady Red Devils advance to regional finals

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    The Williston Varsity Volleyball team went for the kill last week in the semifinals against Fort Meade. The Red Devils hosted the game against the Miners, winning the first three matches and leading the Red Devils to take on the Trenton Tigers in this week’s Volleyball State Championships, in the Regional Finals.

  • Comp plan is what residents want

    Another round of resident participation meetings to help set the course of Williston's future drew nine people Monday night.

    "I'll take quality over quantity any day," said Allison Megrath of Megrath Consulting, who has been contracted by the city to oversee the city's comprehensive plan.

    The plan is a tool to help guide city leaders to make decisions about growth, infrastructure improvements, land use changes and other facets dealing directly with Williston.

  • Johnson honored by AARP

    By

    Drollene Brown

    Special to the Pioneer

    At the Oct. 9 meeting of Chapter 19 of AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons), Alphonso Johnson received a certificate of recognition from the national Andrus Award committee.

    The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who embody the spirit of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who believed in the power of individuals to spark change and improve their communities, one act at a time.

  • Williston woman dies in car accident

    A single car accident Oct. 19 claimed the life of a Williston woman.

    Tina Munden, 48, was traveling on US 27, east of NE 112 Terrace around 7:10 p.m. when she left the road and went onto the south shoulder.

    The undercarriage struck a culvert and the vehicle became airborne. The front of the 2013 Chevy struck a utility pole, causing it to split in half. The front of the vehicle then hit the ground and ejected Munden.

  • 12-year-old arrested Friday

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Division arrested a 12-year-old Williston Middle School student last Friday.

     The LCSO SRO was contacted by school officials and told that at approximately 2:40 p.m. an altercation between students occurred.

    The SRO’s investigation revealed the 12-year-old student was offended by another student’s question.

    During the disagreement between these students, one child picked up a pair of scissors and chased the other student around the room while threatening to stab him.

  • BOCC looks to extend pot moratorium

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners is seeking to extend its moratorium on marijuana dispensaries until April.

    But first it must hold a couple of public hearings in November before the new ordinance can pass.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks cast a dissenting vote at the commission meeting Oct. 17 to guarantee one of those hearings – Nov. 7 – will take place at 5:01 p.m., while the other will come on Nov. 21, coinciding with the regular commission meeting, which starts at 9 a.m.

  • Ruckus between two leads to seven arrests

    A fight between two men Tuesday steered uniformed officers from the Levy County Sheriff's Office into an active investigation by the Drug Task Force (DTF).

    According to the sheriff's office, officers on patrol were sent to 11252 NE 62 Place, Williston where a reported disturbance between two people was taking place.

     Deputies arrived and their investigation discovered Danny White, 37, had been fighting with another man.