Today's News

  • Open for Business

    Back Door Antiques, owned and operated by Jim Smith (center with scissors) was officially welcomed to the Williston Chamber of Commerce March 8 with a ribbon cutting ceremony held in conjunction with the store's grand opening. Dozens of Smith's supporters, friends and Chamber members were on hand to wish him well in the business located on East Noble Avenue.

  • Memorial dedication set for May 19

    It's been almost a decade in the making and at long last Willistonians will have something tangible to commemorate our nation's veterans.

    Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency, (CRA) announced Monday that a dedication ceremony for the Veterans' Memorial in Heritage Park will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19.

    The monument and bricks commemorating veterans are scheduled for installation mid-April.

    A time and schedule of the day's events will be announced at a later date.

  • Council wants answers

    It was a 90-minute Williston Council meeting that had only one agenda item for discussion.

    President Charles Goodman told his council that he'd try to keep the communication segment to 10 minutes, but it was evident that it would be a broken vow once the specifics of the new city hall came into the spotlight.

    Goodman, a contractor, said he'd spent 10-12 hours reviewing a 314-page document about the building and asked council members what they remembered for the roof.

  • County may join lawsuit

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    In a scene reminiscent of the successful lawsuits against Big Tobacco in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies have become a target for their role in the opioid crisis.

  • 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.