Today's News

  • Comeback falls short against P.K. Yonge

    GAINESVILLE — The first half was just a little too long for the Williston boys basketball team Tuesday night. As a result, the lead built by the home team more than offset a Devil comeback attempt.

    Playing at district and regional rival P.K. Yonge, the Red Devils looked brilliant on defense until about the three-minute mark of the second quarter, when the Blue Wave went on a surge that helped carry them to a 57-48 win over Williston.

  • New account executive for Pioneer

    Lieah Zullo has joined the Williston Pioneer Sun News as account executive. She will be responsible for all sales into the newspaper and Web site. The Florida native is transfering here within Landmark Media from the Gadsden County Times.

  • WES students help families in need

    This year, instead of having children draw names and swap gifts for the holidays, 4th graders in Mrs. Joelene Vining and Mrs. Melissa Lewis' class at Williston Elementary School purchased gifts for a family in need within the Williston community.

    The teachers contacted the First United Methodist Church in Williston to "adopt" two families for Christmas.

    Students were then asked to bring gifts for the families and had the opportunity to wrap the gifts on the last day of school before the holiday break.

  • Walk to Bethlehem saw more than 500 visitors

    The last caravan for 2008 left Nazareth for the 80 mile journey to Bethlehem on Tuesday evening. More than 500 visitors joined in the numerous trips that either Pastor Dana or Callie Fields, from sponsoring church Living Water Life Center of Morriston, led over the 15-day annual event held on their property located on Hwy 121. Although the number of visitors was lower than last year; the event was blessed with 75 -100 volunteers from other churches willing to be in costume and serve in many capacities.

  • County commissioner appointments


    I recently read a couple of articles about the possible appointments for the Board of County Commissioners. I noticed there were several names of highly qualified individuals.

    I also noticed there were several individuals that did not live in those two respective Districts.

    If the Governor appoints someone for these two respective Districts who lives outside the respective Districts this might raise a few questions. By all appearances the Statutes and Ordinances dictate that a person serving on the Commission must reside in that particular District.

  • Williston football coach resigns

    After five good years leading the Red Devils, Williston football head coach Jamie Baker is calling it quits. In a surprise announcement Tuesday, Baker said he would be leaving the football field for the pasture to begin, or rather, reclaim a career in cattle ranching.

    “I’ve enjoyed coaching at Williston,” Baker said. “It’s as good a position as I could have had, and my decision has nothing to do with the position or the team or the people here. It was just time for a change of direction.”

  • Qualifyiing for city elections is Jan 12-16

    The qualification period for the three City Council seats available this year is scheduled beginning at noon on Monday, Jan. 12 and ending promptly at noon on Friday, Jan. 16.

    The seats available for this year’s March 3 election are Groups A, B and C.

    Steve Holcomb is the incumbent in Group A. Holcomb has been a member of the council since 2000. His particular area of responsibility is parks and recreation.

  • Council discusses permits at airport

    After the presentation of January’s Students of the month awards and the ceremonial swearing in of Marcus Collins as the new City Manager, the Williston City Council got down to two controversial items of business.

    Not for the first time, the council debated at length a policy for establishing a non-tenant business permit for those who wish to do business at the airport, but do not lease facilities there. And, not for the first time, the discussion resulted in the policy being sent back to the Airport Committee for reworking.

  • Upcoming events listing

    Saturday, January 10

    * Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Parish, 17353 NE 27A, Williston.

    Monday, January 12

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * WHS Athletic Boosters, 7 p.m., WHS Media Center.

    * Williston AARP Chapter 912, 9:30 a.m., Holy Family Catholic Church Hall. Visitors welcome. For information call 528-3323.

  • Upcoming events briefs

    ‘Acts’ study scheduled

    A study of the Acts of the Apostles will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston every Thursday from Jan. 8 to May 19 from 7-9 p..m. Acts follows the footsteps of Peter, Paul and the early Apostles who built the foundation of the church.

    For more information contact Yvette Garland at (352) 466-9186.

    Blood drive Friday, Saturday