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Today's News

  • Park is now tireless

    The giant tractor tires in the Cornelius Williams (East Williston) Park will be removed permanently at the direction of Williston’s City Council.

    At the last council meeting, Virginia McDonald, a resident of the neighborhood, asked that the tires be removed because they were not safe. The council agreed and the tires were removed.

  • Where the wild things are

    A lot of little girls go to bed and dream of ponies. But not Patricia Engesser. Her childhood dreams were filled with snarling tigers. And she didn’t wake up screaming.

    “I always wanted a tiger,” Engesser said. “So, I married a guy with one.”

    Engesser and her husband, Robert, have been married about 26 years and own The Zoo AKA Jungle Safari between Chiefland and Trenton.

    It is one of six licensed wild animal facilities in Levy County.

  • JROTC finishes 17th in nation

    A team of four Williston High School JROTC Cadets shot their way to the Junior Olympic National Finals in the Three Position Air Rifle competition held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

    The four team members, Ali Mohs, Savannah Rios, Matthew Converse, and Devin Colson placed second in the matches in the state of Florida competition. The top two teams in all 50 states then went to the Junior Olympic Finals where the Williston team placed 17th out of the 100 participating teams.

  • Non-profit school of dance will have performers at Peanut Festival

    Williston School of Dance (WSOD) is “leaping” into the new academic year and “spinning” in excitement. Enrollment is at a record high, and the school currently hosts students from as far as Ocala, Gainesville, Newberry, Chiefland, Archer, Jonesville, Morriston and High Springs.  Families choose WSOD for the dependable quality of professional, expert instruction, for financial accessibility and for the family atmosphere, individualized attention, and low student/teacher ratios of a small-town school.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    With regard to Ann Coffel’s letter in the Williston Pioneer dated Sept, 17, 2009.

    If you had taken the time to call Bob Hastings - Levy County School Superintendent at 486-5231, he would have been very accommodating.

    He would have told you that during that time frame of the speech from the president to our school children a state mandated testing was being conducted i.e. FAIR and Think Link.

    Your diatribe about this subject was not fact based.

    H Lynn Noble

    Williston

     

  • Making it interesting not an easy task

    Raleigh is a quiet community nestled in farmland just east of Williston. Residents enjoy the solitude and keep to themselves. No one suspected that last week all that would change by the apparent abduction of a child and her pony by what authorities are calling an “alien life form.”

    Got your attention? If I read that in my hometown paper, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d continue reading.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, Sept. 26

    River Cleanup

    Manatee State Park, the Friends of Manatee Springs and Suwannee Guides are celebrating National Public Lands Cleanup Saturday, Sept. 26 beginning at 9 a.m. at Clay Landing.

    Bring your own boat, or for the first 15 reservations, Suwannee Guides will provide canoes at no charge. The group will also shuttle participants from Manatee Springs to Clay Landing.

    The first 50 to register will have a free lunch provided by the Friends of Manatee Springs.

  • Couple refuses to cede custody despite court order

    A Williston couple who refused to comply with a court order found sheriff’s deputies at the door, ready to do whatever was necessary to enter the home.

    William Bennett, 50, and Lori Bennett, 49, of NE 153th Court were arrested Sept. 15 after they refused a court order to remove their handicapped son from the home.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The following information is taken from public records supplied by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Edwin Floridan Lopez, 26, of Morriston, charged with aggravated assault and domestic battery. Bail is $7,000.

    Timothy Scott Sterling, 45, of Bronson, charged with domestic battery. Bail is $1,000.

    William Grady Fortner, 27, of Bronson, charged with domestic battery. He was released.

    Terry Lynn Herndon, 51, of Williston, charged with violation of probations (VOP) on production of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. No bond.

  • Jailed inmate charged in Morriston theft

    A 22-year-old Coconut Creek man was charged with entering a residence in Morriston and stealing a Toshiba laptop computer valued at $220.

    Michael Kerklin, who is in the Levy County Jail on unrelated burglary and grand theft charges, was charged with additional burglary and grand theft charges in the Aug. 18 incident .