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Today's News

  • AirSign is world's largest airship operator

    Unless you're one of those people who drive around town just to satisfy curiosity or to keep an eye on things, you may not even know of its existence.

    However, in recent weeks, Airsign, owned and operated by Patrick Walsh, inked deals that will once again put Williston on the map and lead to positive economic development for the area.

  • Williston Animal Shelter takes first steps

    A drizzling rain wasn't enough to keep animal enthusiasts away from last week's symbolic start of the new Williston Animal Shelter.

    Members of Levy Animal Friends (LeAF), Williston Animal Group (WAG) and the city of Williston took gold shovels to turn the first bits of dirt into a 2,000 square foot facility that will have 16 kennels and a cat room.

    Private donations, fundraisers and grants will fund the quarter million dollars needed to complete the project, which will take about two years.

  • Howitzer should stay in Epperson Park

    The WWII Howitzer that is in Williston's Epperson Park off SR 27A should stay where it is, members of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) agreed Monday night.

    The artillery piece has been in Williston for about 42 years, CRA member Nick Williams said, and except for being donated to the city, it has no real connection to Williston.

    There's been talk for about a year about moving it from Epperson Park to Heritage Park to help round out the Veterans Memorial and Heritage Walk.

  • Officer award named for Mike Joyner

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    So many of the details of Mike Joyner’s extensive career in law enforcement – particularly his heralded undercover work – will never be available for public consumption.

  • Council gives nod to city hall price tag

    No one blinked Tuesday night when Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann told the city council the price for constructing a new city hall.

    "We have a very good estimate," Lippmann said, "of what it will cost to build this building – $2.509 million." That comes out to about $209 per square foot, a price that Council President Charles Goodman, himself a contractor, said was reasonable for a commercial facility of this type.

  • Atheists' case against county dismissed

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The lawsuit filed against Levy County by American Atheists, Inc., claiming a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, was dismissed in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville.

  • Active shooter training offered

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum is offering a free Active Threat Response class to interested citizen groups.

    This class is being offered in light of the many tragic active shooter and active threat events that are occurring in our country and around the world. This class will help citizen groups be more prepared by knowing how to respond if ever involved in this type of situation. The class is approximately an hour long and includes a question and answer period, and is designed for citizens over 18 years old.

  • The Williston Challenge

    Two weeks ago Williston Pioneer Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck challenged all Willistonians – and residents of the surrounding area – to donate $5 each to complete the Heritage Park Veterans' Memorial. Ten Broeck reasoned if 5,000 people donated $5 then the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) would have enough funds to finish the memorial, which will cost in excess of $80,000 when complete.

    Since the challenge Nov. 16, almost $1,000 has come in from those accepting the challenge.

    Will you also accept it?

  • I challenge you, Williston

    My first intention was to write an editorial – an opinion from the newspaper's standpoint. I then realized the topic is too personal and I couldn't do it justice in a newspaper editorial.

    That's when I decided to make it my opinion – just mine – that of Carolyn Ten Broeck.

    It's not one of my typical "Slice of Life" pieces about my rather atypical life.

    This is cut and dried and to the point. And it's personal. Deeply personal.

  • Asbell is new school board chairman

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Cameron Asbell was unanimously voted the new chairman of the School Board of Levy County Nov. 28.

    Rick Turner offered the nomination of Asbell.

    “Mr. Superintendent (Jeff Edison),” Turner said, “it is with honor and a great privilege I offer to you in the form of a nomination the most honorable and admirable Cameron Asbell to serve as chair of the Levy County School Board.”