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Today's News

  • Quilt Museum founder Winnelle Horne dies at 87

    A former editor of this newspaper gave a staff writer her very first assignment that was more than a story:
    Go to the Quilt Museum and meet Miss Winnelle and do a story on the 4H sewing camp.
    What the editor did not say was: If Miss Winnelle likes you, you can keep your job.
    Winnelle Horne was the straight talking director of the Levy County Quilt Museum, one of Levy County's jewels.
    Miss Winnelle died Monday at the age of 87.

  • Quilt Museum founder Winnelle Horne dies at 87

    A former editor of this newspaper gave a staff writer her very first assignment that was more than a story:
    Go to the Quilt Museum and meet Miss Winnelle and do a story on the 4H sewing camp.
    What the editor did not say was: If Miss Winnelle likes you, you can keep your job.
    Winnelle Horne was the straight talking director of the Levy County Quilt Museum, one of Levy County's jewels.
    Miss Winnelle died Monday at the age of 87.

  • Who will be Pioneer of the Year?

    For more than a decade, the spirit of the Williston Pioneer–the person, not the newspaper–has gone unheralded. This month that problem will be recitified.
    Each month through December, the newspaper will salute an individual who most typifies the Pioneer spirit–blazing new trails, making a difference in the community and standing out among  his peers as a mover and shaker.

  • Gingrich wins Levy GOP primary vote

    Mitt Romney may have carried Florida but it was Newt Gingrich who carried Levy County in Tuesday's GOP  presidential primary. But the good news was not in the results, but in the voting itself.

    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections website reported — all precincts in — that 3,632 of the county's 8,457 registered    Republicans cast ballots.

    That number was music to the ears of County GOP Executive Committee Chair Michelle Finnen.

  • Red Devils squeak by Raiders

    The district tournament playoffs are just over a week away and the Santa Fe Raiders have served notice it will be a three-way race this year.

     It was one of those games that neither the Raiders nor the Red Devils could get their game going at full strength due to the whistles and foul shooting by the Red Devils again. 

    The Raiders jumped out to an early lead as they led the game by a 33-25 margin at half time.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    Jan. 21, Amanda Andrews, 28, Chiefland, DWLS.

    Jan. 17, Stephen Michael Baker, 20, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $4,000.

    Jan. 17, James Brian Brunelle, 24, Williston, three counts VOP.

    Jan. 18, Matthew Hastin Bryant, 24, Williston, petit theft, altering public record. Bond $25,000.

    Jan. 19, Marvin Eugene Cooper III, 24, Williston, burglary. Bond $50,000.

    Jan. 20, Mikell W. Dixon, 33, Bronson, out of county warrant.

  • Thinking out loud

    Today–Thursday–is my birthday. For as long as I can remember it’s something I have not looked forward to, mostly because I’ve always lived in colder climates. 

    As a SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) sufferer, the thought of my birthday only exacerbated the seasonal depression I fought. Moving to Florida has helped both–there’s more sunlight here, and instead of the three or four months of doldrums I once had, it’s usually only a couple weeks now.

    But I digress.

  • Bronson Council members at odds with each other

    Although several agenda items were voted unanimously in favor of and put to rest at last week's Bronson Town Council meeting, one issue continued to rear it's ugly head: council members are not getting along.

    "Are you calling me a liar?" Council Member Berlon Weeks asked Vice-Mayor Franklin Schuler over an issue regarding the potential annexation of a nearby subdivision discussed at the meeting two weeks ago—a meeting Schuler missed.

  • Charles Goodman qualifies for city council, Group D

    Charles Goodman has qualified for Williston City Council, Group D–the seat held by incumbent Michael Shoemaker.

    In a statement released last week,  Goodman wrote:

    “My name is Charles Goodman.  I am a candidate for City Councilor in Williston and would like to invite the citizens of Williston to meet me at my home.

  • Pioneer of the Year will return Feb. 2

    For many years, the Williston Pioneer saluted unsung heroes with its Pioneer of the Year award.

    Next week, the tradition will be revived. Each month through December, the newspaper will salute an individual who most typifies the Pioneer spirit–blazing new trails, making a difference in the community and standing out among  his peers as a mover and shaker. 

    At the end of December,  monthly Pioneers will be featured and from them an independent panel of judges will select the Pioneer of the Year 2012.