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Today's News

  • Gilchrist deputies killed on the job

    By Deborah Goad

    Special to the Pioneer

    Two Gilchrist County deputies were killed April 19, when they were shot by a man whose motives are still unknown.

    Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were having lunch at about 3 p.m. Thursday when they were shot.

    The sheriff would not discuss the identity or any other details about the shooter during a press conference later in the day.

  • County sees win-win in school purchase

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The purchase of the old Bronson High School building, located adjacent to the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson, could kill two – or more – birds with one stone for the county.

    At its meeting April 24, the Levy County Commission reached a consensus to advise County Coordinator Wilbur Dean to seek a deal for the purchase from the School Board of Levy County.

  • Be a community hero

    People of all ages are encouraged to participate Saturday, April 28 in the Williston City Painting Project.

    Volunteers will meet at the Williston Fire Department at 8 a.m. and will be given paint and brushes to re-paint the city's fire hydrants.

    If lawn maintenance is your passion, bring your own weed eaters, clippers, rakes and gloves and someone will designate an area for you to clean.

    The workday will finish at noon. Donate yourself for all four hours or a portion of it. The more volunteers, the easier the work.

  • National Day of Prayer next week

    The city of Williston will observe the National Day of Prayer at noon Thursday, May 3 in the Heritage Park Pavilion.

  • Lock it, remove it or lose it

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    “Creeping” and “Car-hopping” are some of the ominous slang that have been used to describe the recent surge of burglaries involving parked vehicles. Within the past week, there have been three reported thefts in the Williston city limits, with local law enforcement agencies strongly advising citizens to stay on alert.

    “Lock it, remove it, or lose it!” is surely simple wisdom provided by the Williston Police Department via their Facebook page.

  • Williston tackles 'Broken Windows Theory'

    For almost four years the city of Williston has seriously pursued property owners who are in non-compliance with city ordinance. Actions range from fines to most recently, foreclosures.

    Councilwoman Nancy Wininger, in her town hall meeting last week, said it's not about the money; it's about getting the property cleaned up so it is in compliance.

  • SCORE can help with your business

    There are more than 10,000 business mentors across the United States and Jim Green hopes to see that number increase as SCORE makes its way into Levy County.

    Green, chairman of Citrus County SCORE (founded as Service Corps of Retired Executives), spoke last week to members of the Williston Chamber of Commerce about bringing the program to Levy County and how it can help small businesses.

    For over 50 years, SCORE has provided free services and mentoring to small businesses to ensure their success in today's market.

  • ‘Cowgirl’ shares local history, childhood adventures

    Maybe it was after reading Black Beauty or Black Stallion or learning about Annie Oakley or Calamity Jane or because your family always had horses, but you were bitten by the “love horses” bug

    Alachua County resident Debra Segal and her fellow “cowgirls” fell in love with horses early in life. Years later, Segal decided to share some of their “horse happenings” with the world, and so The Idylwild Cowgirls came to be.

  • Councilwomen to lead Williston

    In what may be an unprecedented move in the city of Williston, the council's two female representatives were elected Tuesday night to the highest positions on the city council.

    Nancy Wininger was chosen by the council as its president, succeeding Charles Goodman who made the nomination.

    Wininger has served on the council since 2016 and was unopposed in this year's bid for her seat.

  • Four decades of service to Williston

     Before he was Williston's mayor, R. Gerald Hethcoat was a farm boy, a student, a young man battling polio, a clinical laboratory scientist, a law enforcement officer, a firefighter and a city councilman.

    Tuesday night, he added yet another title to his vast repertoire – retired.

    April 10 marked the end of nearly 40 years of public service and almost all of it to the city and people of Williston.