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Today's News

  • 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.

  • I-75 will remain open

     Today, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that I-75 will remain open, as flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River. As of this morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe. 

     

    On Wednesday, FDOT and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that due to unprecedented flooding of the Santa Fe River, there was a potential for I-75 to close for motorist safety.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mystery Solved

    The large evergreens that dot the lawn at Williston City Hall have been a hot topic for more than a year.

    At first, there were complaints that they weren't taken care of properly then some said they're too large for the grounds. Some people wanted them removed; others protested, declaring their beauty – and novelty.

    These are no ordinary trees. In fact, they're native to the Himalayas. How did they get to Williston?

  • Here we go

    Before there can be bricks, or a monument or even a path, there must be a lot of hard, dirty work. This week, Williston city workers began the installation of a storm drain in Heritage Park in the first step of many toward the Veterans Memorial, scheduled to be dedicated Nov. 11.

  • BACE rejects variance request

    Residents always have the right to make application for variance requests, but just because a request is made, it doesn't mean it will happen or that it's even lawful.

    Judy Marino learned that lesson the hard way Monday night after more than 30 minutes of testimony before the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE).

    Marino asked that she be allowed to place a manufactured home on 3.5 acres she owns on NE 6th Blvd.

  • The local number with no name

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    At any given moment, on any given day: say that you are settling in for the long work day ahead and either your cell phone or home phone rings. “A local number? Should I answer?” More so than ever, residents of the area have been asking themselves this very question, and most likely it isn’t who you think it is.

  • Courthouse renovations go out for bid

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County needs a new courthouse, but the project is too cost-prohibitive at the moment.

    That’s what Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, found in exploring the courthouse’s infrastructure needs and the options available.

    However, he concluded there are affordable short-term options available to address its pair of most pressing security needs.

  • Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

    Just over five years ago Marguerite Robinson hovered in the background when her husband, Jerry, was elected to the Williston City Council and was, for a short time, its president.

    Now it will be Mr. Robinson who lingers in the shadows since Williston's newest council member is Mrs. Robinson.

    Tuesday night, Judge Tim Browning swore in the new councilwoman who qualified without opposition to fill the unexpired term of Tim Hass who resigned in July.