Local News

  • Police officers vote to leave union

    In a 5-3 secret vote that occurred in November and December, Williston Police officers in the classifications of sergeant and officers elected to no longer be a part of the Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association (the union).

  • It's pizza without beer–for now

    Pizza Hut,  Williston’s latest eatery, may not depend on beer and wine sales for its success but it would like to offer its patrons the option of a drink with their meals.

  • Marvelous Wonderettes opens Dec. 31

    Williston Community Theater will present the off-Broadway show “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” written and originally directed by Roger Bean,   at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 1 in the auditorium at Williston High School.

    Tickets will be available at the door the day of performance for  $16 and $8 for children age 12 and under. 

    Pre-sale tickets are available at PD Whitney Insurance (behind the Driftwood) or call 352-441-0839. 

  • Levy County Schools Foundation GALA Saturday at WMS
  • Williston lawyer asks county for help with pipeline

    Williston resident and attorney Beth Gordon asked the Levy County Commission to use its authority to address safety and insurance concerns with the proposed Sabal Trail LLC gas pipeline that will be built through Levy County. 

  • WES Teacher of the Year
  • Crabfest violence biggest story of 2013

     There were 365 days in 2013 and the Williston Pioneer published every week for 52 consecutive weeks–maintaining the service and dedication to the community it has served since 1879.

  • Jolly Old Elf offers insight into the season

    Editor’s Note: It was a quiet Monday morning at the Williston Pioneer  when we heard a clamor at our back door. To our surprise, we found Santa Claus checking our recycling bin to see if we recycle. After a greeting, we asked if he could visit for a few minutes and perhaps answer some questions. Although he was on a tight schedule, he agreed.


    Williston Pioneer: What brought you to Williston so early in December?


  • Book comes to life through art

    When students in Luci Skipper’s class at Williston High School read “Catching Fire”, the second book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy, Skipper discovered that one of those students was translating what she read into pictures.

    Haley Finnen, 16, the daughter of Scott and Michelle Finnen, said she has always enjoyed drawing and can churn out a picture quickly.

    Without a preliminary sketch, she puts her Sharpie to paper and lets her imagination take over.

  • Local AARP brings holiday cheer to shut-ins

    For 8-10 years, Williston AARP has brought smiles to the residents at Williston Nursing and Rehab Center.

    Mignon Craig said throughout the year, AARP members collect gifts and the week before Christmas bring them to display at the nursing home.

    Thursday about 60 of those residents went on a shopping spree in the activity room–only no money was ever exchanged.

    Residents are allowed to choose two gifts each from the hundreds of items showcased.