Today's News

  • Businesses of the Year

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    Williston businesses were in the spotlight last Saturday when the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership banquet and installation of officers.

     With a certain je ne sais quoi, local business leaders and their guests were immersed in the Parisian culture without the hassle of booking their accommodations or losing luggage.

  • The JUUL: Old dog with new tricks

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    It’s the tale as old as time, and the song as old as rhyme. When it comes to the tobacco industry, it has always been clever in its endeavors of attracting a youthful, impressionable demographic.

    The latest craze among our teens is called “JUULing”, a phrase that refers to the new alternative cigarette company brand JUUL.

    The company builds e-cigarettes that are in the guise of a USB thumb drive that plugs discreetly into your computer.

  • SCORE expands into Levy

    By Michael Bates

    Special to the Pioneer

    The Citrus County SCORE chapter got the green light this month to expand into Levy County.

    That will be a big deal to businesses there because it will have closer representation and no longer have to rely on its distant SCORE affiliate all the way in Gainesville for business assistance, said Jim Green, chairman of the Citrus SCORE.

    “We thought it would make more sense for us to do it,” Green said.

  • Gala raises money for education

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The theme of the 2018 Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Superintendent’s Gala Feb. 17 was, “Planting seeds of knowledge that grow forever.”

    That theme for the Gala, one of two major annual fundraisers for the non-profit, which supplements education funding in the county through scholarships and other means, could just as well have been, “good food, good entertainment and a good cause.”

  • Williston backs off from middle school project

    A meeting among Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann, City Attorney Fred Koberlein and Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) President Johnnie Jones resulted with the city backing away from the Williston Middle School project.

    Koberlein told the council Tuesday night that his legal opinion is for the MFA to present its plan to develop the property to the School Board of Levy County.

  • Spay, neuter program enjoys successful launch

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Animal Services is introducing a free trap-neuter-release program in an effort to rein in the county’s feral cat problem.

    The program had its first run Jan. 25, and it was more successful than Darlene Esler, DVM, LCAS staff veterinarian, could have imagined.

  • MFA still wants school

    Johnnie Jones admitted to Williston City Council that it was the headline in last week's Williston Pioneer that brought him back before the council.

    Jones, president of the Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA), a 501 (c)(3), told the council Tuesday that his group is still very much interested in re-purposing the old Williston Middle School, and its only stumbling block is the $2 million price tag the School Board of Levy County attached to it.

  • Guardian Angels wins national award

    Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, located in Williston was honored Jan. 20 with the 2018 VETTY Award for its outstanding efforts in Veterans Mental Health.

    Founder and CEO Carol Borden and National Canine Program Director Nate Burney accepted the award at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

  • Another monument challenge

    Karlton Norton, owner of Karlton's Heating and Air, Inc. in Williston not only made a donation to the veterans' memorial fund Tuesday, he also threw down the gauntlet.

    As he passed over his check for $500, he said, "I'd like to challenge all the other heating and air professionals in the community to do the same thing.

    "It (the memorial)means a lot to me," he said, "because without veterans, there would be no businesses."

    The memorial, located in Williston's Heritage Park, is scheduled for completion in April.

  • 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.