Today's News

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Well, I guess we seniors can all be proud of the organization that is supposed to help us, huh?

    They are now helping us with their endorsement of OBAMACARE, isn’t that wonderful?

    Do they now want to control us also? Are you ready to give up your freedom, your liberty? Wasn’t this the reason our great country was founded?

  • Forced public apologies are ineffective and breach juvenile privacy

    “I have suffered the consequences;” “I apologize for what I did to the school;” and “I’m sorry for what I did.” These three phrases are quoted from the forced apologies given by three teenage girls a couple of weeks ago in front of more than 600 students during lunchtime at Bronson Middle High School. In June, the girls vandalized the campus, writing on walls with permanent marker the last day of school.

  • Sheriff's Report

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

    William R. Wachtstetter, 56, of Ocklawaha was charged Nov. 5 with grand theft after his tenant reported more than $30,000 in farm equipment and tools missing from his property. Bond was $50,000.

    Jarvis O’Brian Green, 21, of Chiefland was charged Nov. 6 with possession of crack cocaine. Bond was $10,000.

    Alexis Troy Mullins, 24, of Chiefland was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with possession of crack cocaine and sell of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. Bond was $30,000.

  • Man charged with second degree murder after wife shot

    In October Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, and Charles Edwin Duke, 23, picked up a marriage license. They had been in an off and on relationship for several years.

    They returned from their honeymoon on Nov. 3 and Fine, who worked as a front desk clerk at Island House in Cedar Key, went to work the next day. Duke did not go to work.

    When she came home, the couple argued about money, alcohol and an unpaid credit card bill at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

  • Red Devils are district runner up

    “Bolles here we come!” said a jubilant Red Devil coach Derek Chipoletti following a nail-biting, double overtime victory over the Mount Dora Hurricanes in the tie breaker quarter for the district runner-up spot.

    After Mount Dora played Newberry to a 0-0 tie in their quarter of play, the two teams went to overtime.

    The Panthers scored first, but were unable to convert the two-point try following a penalty on the Hurricanes that put the ball on the one and a-half yard line.

  • Woman charged with fraud, grand theft

    Williston police have charged a Gainesville woman with grand theft, forgery, uttering a forged instrument and criminal use of personal information after she allegedly stole a check and credit card numbers from a Williston resident.

    Aja A. Hammonds, 26, was arrested in late October.

    According to the police report, Hammonds cashed a stolen check in the amount of $3,000 at Perkins State Bank. A surveillance tape shows her entering the bank and speaking with a teller.

  • Red Devils finish regular season with win; on to Jax Friday

    It wasn't pretty for either team in their final regular season game. Both teams had numerous turnovers and both teams had trouble keeping the yellow flags off the field.

    But the Red Devils proved to be the better team as they ran and passed their way past the Union County Tigers 25 -14 in a game that looked like pre season for both teams.

    For the Tigers, this was their last game for the 2009 season as they finished with a 4-6 over all record.

  • We’re having a birthday

    In 1879, visionaries committed to providing their friends and neighbors with news that affected them founded what would become the newspaper you are now holding in your hand.

    2009 marks the 130th year that the Williston Pioneer Sun News has continuously served the people of Williston and the surrounding area.

    To celebrate our birthday, we are extending an invitation to our readers to submit old photographs of Williston and its communities for a special commemorative issue that will be published in November.

  • Thank You, Veterans

    The Williston Pioneer salutes the men and women of the Armed Forces who served or who are serving our country.

    Join us tonight, Nov. 11 at 6:30 in Heritage Park as our city pays tribute to the brave. Special speaker will be Rep. Leonard Bembry.

    Like your freedom? Thank a vet today.

  • Almost Paradise

    Three miles from Williston off a bumpy hilly road, a passage through scrub and pasture leads the unsuspecting traveler to the utopian sanctuary that Dr. Raymond Webber calls home.

    More than 400 species of plants thrive on his 100-acre bit of paradise that has been more than 16 years in the making.

    “Not many people in Florida have their house built into the side of a cliff,” Webber, an endodonist by trade, explains as he begins his trek through the assorted gardens that he has designed.

    Indeed, the vista from this porch is breathtakingly beautiful.