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Today's News

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • June 18, Michael Paul Davenport, 35, Yankeetown, VOP battery.

    • June 20, Eugene Thomas Days, 46, Williston, petit theft.

    • June 17, Karen Lotron Edwards, 42, Chiefland, open container.

    • June 16, Jennifer Fagan, 28, Ocala, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    • June 16, Amanda Fender, 43, Williston, battery. Bond $5,000.

    • June 19, Linda Diane Gilroy, 61, Homosassa, DUI. Bond $2,000.

  • Scallop season starts this Saturday

    Get your bay scallop bags and shucking tools ready. The recreational bay scallop season opens in some Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) starting June 28, three days earlier than the season was slated to start. The portion of Gulf state waters is from the Pasco-Hernando county line north and west to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

    The season will remain open through Sept. 24, with the first day of the closure on Sept. 25.

  • Dennis Russell named Bronson fire chief

    It's not clear whether the free “Bronson Fire Rescue” hats clinched the deal but shortly after being presented with the head gear the Bronson Town Council voted unanimously to elevate Dennis Russell from interim fire chief to fire chief, making his title permanent.

    Russell, who took over the interim post in March, has essentially managed the department since the departure of former Fire Chief Jeff DeMaggio.

  • Have you met a celebrity?

    Was it in a crowded airport? Backstage at a concert? After a ballgame? Walking down the street?

    Many of us have encountered a celebrity and once you get past the initial shock, you may have asked for an autograph or a photo.

    The Williston Pioneer wants to hear about your brush with fame.

    In 100 words or less, tell our readers who you met and how it happened. If you had a photo made with that person, be sure to include it as well.

    Submissions will be accepted now through Aug. 29. All submissions will be printed in the Sept. 4 edition.

  • School board hopes to boost test scores

    By Pat Faherty

    Special to the Pioneer

    With some bright spots in overall FCAT results, the school district's challenge will be how to spread that success.

    "There are schools that are performing well," said Patrick Wnek, assistant superintendent of curriculum, at Tuesday's Levy County School Board meeting. "Our goal is to find out what they are doing."

    "We know it can happen in all of our schools," he said, noting that some teachers are performing at a high level.

  • Republican primaries closed

    By Lou Elliott Jones and Mark Scohier

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    Republicans, who now hold sway in voter registration in Levy County, will have a huge voice in both County Commission seats up for grabs in the Aug. 26 primary.

    And in the county school board elections – which are nonpartisan races – all three incumbents were re-elected without opposition when candidate filing closed at noon Friday.

  • WPD applies for hiring grant

    Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow says he's been fortunate that his city schools are relatively violence free, and he wants to keep it that way.

    "There's not been a problem," Strow told city council members last week, "but I'd like to be prepared."

    In an effort to do so, Strow asked council for–and received permission–to apply for a grant, that if approved, would fund a School Resource Officer (SRO).

  • Pre-4th Extravaganza to light up Williston

    The city of Williston will “Celebrate Old Glory” Thursday, July 3 starting with the parade at 5 p.m.

    More than 110 entrants have registered for the parade that will wind its way down Noble Avenue. Scheduled participants include Smoky Bear, a roller derby team, candidates, a square dance club and of course, lots of antique cars and tractors.

  • Soccer camp starts Monday

     

     Soccer Shots of North Central Florida will host a camp at the Williston Elementary School bus loop from 6:00-7:30 Monday-Friday starting on June 23. 

    Soccer Shots is a national franchise which has recently started up in Alachua, Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. 

  • Team, coach lauded at baseball banquet

     

    By Steve Jarboe

    Contributing Writer

    The Williston High School baseball team celebrated its season May 31 at First Baptist Church of Williston.