Today's News

  • County looks at drinking after midnight

    The public will get its first say on a proposal to extend alcohol sales beyond midnight in the unincorporated county areas during a workshop on March 5 at 1 p.m.

    The Levy County Commission scheduled the workshop after receiving a briefing from County Attorney Anne Bast Brown. Brown presented the board with a proposed ordinance to change the ban on alcohol sales, consumption and service between midnight and 7 a.m. to only between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. 

  • Williston airport is hog wild and pig crazy

    It’s George Orwell’s Animal Farm over at the Williston Airport.

    That’s because the wild hogs have taken over–so much in fact, that  city leaders are looking for someone to pay the city for eradicating the wild swine.

    Gestation for swine is about 112-114 days, which means it’s conceivable for a sow to deliver three  litters a year with as many as 14 piglets at a time.

  • Late audit costs city big bucks

    Failure to submit its annual audit in a timely manner cost the city of Williston a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)–as much as $650,000–that would have replaced antiquated sewer lines on seven city streets and added a pressure reducing valve for the water system.

    The grants are awarded based on a point system that includes matching funds, impact and EEO/Fair Housing criteria.

  • Two headed for collegiate gridiron

    By Steve Jarboe

    Contributing Writer

    David Heinkel and Damien Strange signed their college scholarships on National Signing Day last week before a large crowd of well wishers at the Williston Gym.

    Heinkel will be attending Missouri Southern State University and Strange will be attending Jacksonville University.

    Both young men thanked their parents, coaches, and teachers for all their support which helped lead to their scholarship offers.

  • Specks to speckled trout

    By Capt. Brylee

    Special to the Pioneer

    With off shore fishing at a lull due to restricted seasons anglers have been focusing on in shore and fresh water fishing and from specks to speckled trout have shown much success.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    Feb. 4, Naomi Felecia Adams, 30, Chiefland, VOP. Bond $15,000.

    Feb. 9, Edward Lee Alford, 47, Rosewood, out of county warrant.

    Feb. 6, Lloy Frances Balboni, 43, Old Town, VOP.

    Feb. 5, Jerald Lee Brodus, 38, Chiefland, FTA. Bond $2,500.

    Feb. 8, Dennis Laurel  Canada, 49, disorderly intoxication. Bond $20,000.

    Feb. 10, Lucas Kenny Chase, 27, Gainesville, DUI.

  • Far from home

    Susan Howell  

    On an early December morning, I awoke some 10,000 odd miles from my own backyard, to the unfamiliar sound of wild birds that filled the Australian sky as the sun rose on Manly Beach, a hustling coastal suburb in Sydney Australia. 

  • District Champs

    It was certainly no easy task that faced the 2012-2013 Williston Red Devil Basketball team.

     The Red Devils finished as the regular season district runner-up  with a 7-3 record, splitting games with Fort White, Bradford and Santa Fe in the District 4A regular season. Fort White, after acquiring three transfer players for this season, finished in first place and hosted the district playoffs.

    After Santa Fe downed Interlachen, and Bradford took down Keystone Heights on  Feb. 5, it was time for the district semifinals. 

  • Homegrown boy ready to give back

    You’ve been on the same job for 38 years, you’re still young and you have your health. And then you retire. What do you do?

    If you’re Williston’s Jack Screws Jr., you throw your newly unemployed self into the public arena and seek to become a councilman.

    Screws, the latest addition to Williston City Council, applied in January to fill the unexpired term of Norm Fugate and qualified for that same seat.

  • Former sheriff's lieutenant sentenced to 30 years