Local News

  • WHS is an ‘A’ school

    A night to celebrate the holidays and winter break turned into another kind of excitement last week when Williston High School Principal Eulin Gibbs learned his school had earned an “A” ranking for the second year in a row.

    Gibbs said the party was under way with the naming of teacher of the year and ESP of the year.

    “We were getting ready to our gift exchange,” Gibb said, “when I noticed some of my staff passing a cell phone around.”

  • Hometown boy comes full circle

    By Greg Griffis

    Special to the Pioneer

    It all began in 1966 when the Williston Elementary School, in cooperation with the Williston Police Department, decided to create a Williston School Safety Patrol. The elementary school at that time was located next to the Williston High School. 

    The patrolman who was under Chief Perryman was the one in charge of the safety patrol. Thirteen young boys were eventually picked for the original safety patrol.

  • Season of giving comes home

    Christmas showed up a little early for one Chiefland resident this year, and it's likely Santa's sleigh won't come crashing through any weak spots in her roof.

    Work crews from several construction companies, using materials donated from area businesses, began replacing the leaky roof of Merci Bingaman Monday morning.

    "I can't stop saying thank you," Bingaman said on the phone Monday afternoon."I'm very blessed. It's been a very good Christmas."

  • Don’t be scammed

    Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner wants homeowners and business owners to be alert to repair and construction scams by fly-by-night work crews that could leave them in worse off than they started. 

    Joyner said this is the time of year when out-of-state work crews move down from the north because they cannot work in the cold weather and they sell home and business owners on “a good deal” on driveway paving and roof jobs. 

  • Tax Collector ready to close on building


    The Levy County Tax Collector said she expects to close on purchasing a building to house her Williston office on Wednesday, but it needs to clear one more hurdle at the Williston City Council on Tuesday night.

  • Blue Grotto hopes for revitalization

    At last week's meeting of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, Blue Grotto won approval of a land use change that may revitalize it.

     The commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a land use change for 9.9 acres of the 14-acre dive resort and RV park. Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston cast the dissenting vote. 

  • CRA reverses decision

    Staff Report

    The Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) had a change of heart Monday night and reversed its decision that a month ago opposed the award of a grant to a local business.

    In a 3-1 vote, with Jim Smith dissenting, the CRA voted to approve a $5,000 grant to Sharon Brannan for improvements made to the façade of her business on Main Street.

  • Community backs Williston hotel idea

    About two dozen people listed three dozen reasons why Williston needs a hotel  when the consultant conducting a feasibility study came to call last week.

    Michael Hool, a CPA by profession and a consultant for the hospitality industry, met in an informal town hall gathering Dec. 5 to gather input on the need for a hotel in Williston.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann told those in attendance that Hool had been given a driving tour of the area the previous day. 

  • Teachers could get 4 percent raise

    Levy County teachers and staff could have a merry Christmas this year as their Dec. 20 paychecks could include a 4 percent pay raise dating back to the start of the school year and help in paying insurance premiums.

  • Williston tag office will have permanent home near hospital

    The City of Williston has good news on the business front: The Levy County Tax Collector has purchased an office building in the city and a tourist destination, Blue Grotto, won approval of a land use change that may revitalize it.