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Today's News

  • Council hears grant update during housekeeping session

    Williston’s city council met on Tuesday evening as usual and its agenda consisted largely of housekeeping items.

    The members of the Citizens’ Advisory Task Force were unanimously reappointed. They are Jeff Basing, Jake Cason, Steve Holcomb, Bob Hughes, Steve McMillen and Cleveland Simms. All had agreed to serve another term.

    One of the most important functions of that committee is its work on Community Block Development Grants awarded by the State of Florida.

  • Vertommens celebrating marriage Saturday

    Earl and Samantha Vertommen will host a celebration of their marriage Saturday, May 23 at half past seven in the evening at the Williston Golf and Country Club. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

    The couple was married May 14, 2007 but due to the groom’s service as a U.S. Marine had to delay a formal wedding ceremony. Mr. Vertommen was stationed at Camp LaJeune, N.C. and has been deployed twice.

    The couple now resides in Morriston.

    Local invitations have been mailed but all family and friends are encouraged to share the couple’s joy.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor:

    After reading the article about the CRA going on’s for improvement to the downtown area of Williston, I had to ask myself what were they thinking when it came to removing the parking area in front of the Ivy House?

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor,

    Once again I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the successful AARP Tax Aide.

    Levy County is one of our four counties in District 12. The Williston Library is one of two Levy host sites. Michelle Traylor and her staff generously made appointments throughout the season and furnished room for equipment, counselors and taxpayers. Your help is always appreciated.

    The Williston Pioneer Sun News provides publicity for our free services, weekly hours and volunteer recruitment. Thanks for keeping taxpayers informed about this local benefit.

  • Tobacco coalition meets Tuesday

    The Levy County Health Department’s Tobacco Program Specialist will host a coalition meeting on May 26 at the Bronson Middle/High School Media Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Williston Police Reports

    Courtney Harvey learned last week that he couldn’t outrun the K-9 deputy.

    Harvey, 20, of Willison was arrested for two Levy County warrants at 341 S.E. 10 St., Williston and was transported to the Levy County Jail.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    A Williston man who was a tenant in another man’s home entered a drug rehabilitation center before facing his arrest charges.

    According to the arrest report, James Daniel White, 23, was renting a room in a residence between Dec. 20, 2008 and Jan. 17, 2009. While the homeowner was away on business, White allegedly sawed through a bedroom door to get to a locked safe. His efforts were unsuccessful, the report said, and the safe’s contents remained intact.

  • Single car accident kills one Monday

    A Dunnellon man was killed Monday afternoon on U.S. 41, eight miles south of Williston.

    Winfred Theodore Hancock, 68, was traveling south when he drifted off the west shoulder of the road into a ditch and then began rotating counterclockwise. He then struck a concrete culvert and became airborne across S.E. 77th Place before overturning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Hancock was ejected during the rollover and the 2002 Nissan pickup he was driving came to rest on its roof.

  • Suspects arraigned from Raleigh robbery

    Two of the four suspects in the robbery of Raleigh General Store have been arraigned and their bond set, before being returned to prison.

    Orvil E. Stone, 37, of Apalachee Correctional Center, was arraigned on three counts robbery of a firearm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bond is $850,000.

    He was sentenced in February to 10 years for robbery while using a deadly weapon in Marion County. His estimated release date is 2018. He is also has charges pending in Alachua County.

  • Restaurant worker charged with grand theft

    Another BubbaQue’s employee has been arrested and charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud.

    In April, restaurant manager Wister Reid Whitesides was arrested for grand theft. That arrest spurred an investigation and susbsequently led to the arrest of Gregory Provett on May 14,

    Provett, 26, of Chiefland admitted to investigators that he had taken money from both the Bronson and Chiefland restaurants.

    He was taken to the Levy County Jail and bond was set at $5,000.