Today's News

  • Gulf waters are lively

    By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer
    Anglers have been doing very well both inshore and offshore over the past few weeks. The afternoon thunder storms have forced many trips to be limited to half day outings but the fish are there. Red and gag grouper are being caught in as little as 28 feet depths.
    Capt. John Blouse reported doing very well around 42-44 feet, catching on one outing 15 keepers and not even reaching 50 feet in depth. The red grouper hit a little better than the gag in these depths but both were hitting.

  • David Moss Memorial is July 30

    The annual David Moss Memorial  will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30 at the Williston Police Department.
    This years marks the 25th anniversary of Moss’ death and the Williston Police Department extends an invitation to all persons who wish to attend.
    This event has been scheduled for this date because it is the anniversary of his death.
    In the future, the police department will incorporate his memorial into the National Police Memorial held annually May 15.

  • Levy courts hand down sentences

    The following people were sentenced in Levy County courts during April:
    Joshua Thomas Barnes, motion for early termination of probation on larceny between $300-$5,000, granted.
    Ainslie N. Barrett, VOP on 2 counts of fraud by uttering, probation revoked, adjudication withheld, 90 days with credit for 19 days served on each. Must pay civil judgment, jail fund, VOP cost.
    James Aaron Beck, possessing marijuana with intent to sell and unlawful use of 2-way communication device, nolle pros; selling marijuana, 2 years probation. Must pay cost of probation.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    July 12, Dakorian Kadeem Frazier, 21, Newberry, VOP.
    July 9, Shellie Haas Fry, 43, Morriston, out of county warrant.
    July 12, Nicholas Scott Genco, 34, Summerfield, FTA DWLSR. Bond $50,000.
    July 9, Joshua Alanob Gross, 25, Old Town, grand theft. Bond $25,000.
    July 10, Robert Creason Hobby, 33, Williston, DWLS, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $20,000.
    July 6, Charles William Jackson, 34, VOP DWLSR.

  • County’s finances get good report

    Martha Garcia Baker got Tuesday’s Levy County Commission meeting off to a good start delivering her audit of their finances and praising the commission for taking the steps to keep the county on solid financial footing.
    Garcia Baker, who is with the accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, brought the board’s attention to the county’s financial statements.
    “This is good news and I actually jumped up and told Sheila ‘good job’,” she said. Sheila is Sheila Rees, the deputy clerk for finance.

  • Get ready for football

    The first official football practice for the 2013 Williston Red Devils starts Monday, Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
    Potential players for both varisty and junior varisty will need a current physical and should pick up a red athletic packet from the high school office staff or Coach Jamie Baker.

  • Bronson rejects early voting again

    Bronson Town Hall suffered a bit of Déjà vu Monday night as a second decision on early voting mirrored that of the first 3-2 vote against the idea made about a month ago.
    “No matter the cost, if one person gets to vote, it’s worth it,” said Vice Mayor Berlon Weeks, hoping to sway Mayor Franklin Schuler and council members Aaron Edmondson and Beatrice Roberts from their positions on the issue.

  • Preserving the Past

    By Bryan Hoopaugh
    Williston is a city full of history and a group of Willistonians are working to share it with the world.
    The Williston Historical Museum Exploratory Committee met July 11 for its second time to discuss steps that will bring a museum to fruition.
    Included in their discussion were topics such as locating a suitable location, putting in place a board of directors and terms for qualifying criteria for family heirlooms to be displayed.

  • Tentative millage set at 6.0708

    Leaving itself some wiggle room, the Williston City Council voted Tuesday night 4-1 to set the FY 2013-2014 millage at 6.0708 mills.
    Council President Jason Cason was the lone dissenter, telling his peers before the vote, “I do not want to entertain a rate higher than last year.”
    But the other four councilmen, led by Charles Goodman, believed the council should afford itself a small cushion during the final days of budget preparation.

  • Groupers, snappers and scallops, oh my

    Captain Blythe

    Special to the Pioneer

    Gag grouper, red snapper and scalloping seasons are in full swing. The weather has not been the anglers’ friend in these first few weeks. Heavy rains and high winds have plagued the gulf waters since the last week of June.