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Today's News

  • Williston to celebrate July 2

    Williston’s traditional July 3 celebration will be held a day earlier this year because July 3 falls on Sunday.
    Councilor Debra Jones said in Tuesday night’s meeting that the Williston Chamber of Commerce had requested the city set the date so planning can begin.
    The Chamber had requested it be held Friday, July 1, Jones said, but members assured they would be in attendance no matter what date the council chose.
    At the beginning of the discussion, there were numerous opinions on the date it should be held and why.

  • Family loses everything in fire

    Family and friends are reaching out to a Williston family whose lives were rent asunder last week when a fire destroyed their home on 65th Lane.
    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall said the double-wide mobile home, where the Brian Means’ family lived, was totally engulfed by the time  his crew arrived. The call came to the department around 7:17 p.m. March 4.
    Neighbor Irene Miller said the matriarch of the family, Betty Smith, was in the shower when she heard a large boom.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    Feb. 25, Beverly Ann Anderson. 50, Chiefland, VOP possession of marijuana. Bond $10,000.
    Feb. 22, David Richard Appling, 23, Old Town, VOP possession of controlled substance.
    Feb. 25, Jerald Samuel Billups, 35, Inglis, FTA theft. Bond $605.
    Feb. 25, Eugene Jehue Cannon, 77, Inglis, FTA DWLSR, Bond $1,000.
    Feb. 22,  Michael Steven Castens, 20, Inglis, animal cruelty. Bond $100,000.
    Feb. 22, Christopher Charles Covello, 32, RWOV. Bond $2,000.

  • Thanks to those who are sworn to protect and serve

    Bill Cervone summed up the guilt most of us bear–we never think of the police unless we need them, or they are following us down the road with blue lights flashing.
    He also said the usual thanks we bestow on these men and women is when those blue lights go around us to pursue someone else.
    In the precarious time we live in, we must never forget that these men and women put their lives on the line every day–all in the name of serving and protecting us.

  • Red Devils make Willistonians proud

    It didn’t have the ending we’d all hoped for, longed for, prayed for, but nonetheless, the 2010-2011 basketball season was one that excited and entertained fans of Williston High School hoops followers.
    This team, under the leadership of second-year coach Steve Faulkner, showed amazing talent and exceptional sportsmanship.
    It was an amazing season that ended too soon but also holds the promise of things to come next year.
    Congratulations, Williston High School Red Devils. You make your hometown proud.

  • Subscription soon needed to view Pioneer website

    Beginning Thursday, March 17, the Williston Pioneer website, www.willistonpioneer.com, will transition to a subscription-based news and information site.
    The Pioneer will  offer its valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in the print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Hats off

    Scores of people celebrated the men and women who keep Williston safe, while saying goodbye to their leader who has mentored, instructed and trained them for 12 years.
    Daniel Davis and the officers and staff of the Williston Police Department were honored last week at the 11th Annual Police Awards Banquet, held at Williston Crossings.
    “Dan Davis surrounds himself with good people,” Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat said, adding that Davis’ retired was “earned the hard way.”

  • Ed Philman prepares for role as Rotary’s District Governor

    He’s a governor in training and he’s wasting no time learning the ins and outs of his new position 18 months before he takes office.
    Ed Philman, a 30-year Rotarian from Bell, and an often guest at Williston Rotary Club is the organization’s governor-elect.
    Quiet and unassuming, Philman spoke with passion to the Williston club last week about the position,  his training and his goals for Rotary under his leadership.

  • End of the Road

    The Williston Red Devils sent The Villages packing in the regional quarterfinal, then the Santa Fe Raiders in the semifinals after having the game moved to Bronson, then came the regional finals, again moved to Bronson.
    But it was there the  Red Devils  came up short, losing to Orlando Jones Saturday night  in the last 22 seconds.

  • Get ready to rodeo this weekend

    It’s RODEO time again at the Williston Horseman’s arena this week. Come out for the 17th Annual Johnny Hodge Memorial High School Rodeo this Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the Williston Horseman's Association arena.
    High school contestants from all over our great State of Florida will be on hand this weekend participating in boys events such roping, steer wrestling, bareback and saddle bronc riding, and of course the exciting bull riding too! Girls will participate in the barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and roping events as well.