Today's News

  • Candidates’ gloves come off as primary nears

    Almost two weeks ago the Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce political rally was a pretty calm affair with candidates talking about themselves and what they would do to be elected.

    Last Friday, in a political rally sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 the words were more heated in several races.

  • Williston’s Sgt. Ratchett competes in Best Warrior Competition

    By Timothy Hale

    Special to the Pioneer

    FORT McCOY, Wis. - The U.S. Army Reserve Command announced the winners of the 2012 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition today at the American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis.

    The 2012 Army Reserve Best Warrior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year is Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Rios. A Corrections Specialist, Rios is a native of Ozone Park, N.Y. Rios represented the 84th Training Command in the competition.

  • Three sit in jail

    Three men are in the Dade County Jail without bond following  their arrests connected with the July 4 burglary at Lane’s Yardware on East Noble Avenue.

    Alexei Rosbal Peredes of Hialeah, Fimichel Pena Mazo of Hialeah and Firafael Sofia Mustelier of Miami were arrested following an investigation by the Williston Police Department and a team of  officers from the Coral Springs, Hialeah and Opalocka Police Departments.

  • Election will fill vacant council post

    Williston voters will make a special trip to the polls this fall to select a new council member after the abrupt resignation of Jerry Robinson at the conclusion of the July 17 meeting.

    Robinson, the council’s president, was last elected in March 2011 and tendered his resignation last week citing personal reasons.

    Since then the city clerk, also charged with handling city elections, has been preparing data for the council so it can call a special meeting when it convenes at its next meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7, according to Mayor Gerald Hethcoat.

  • Scallops, sharks and drum

     By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer

    As the waters continue to recover from Debby, scallops will start to become more prevalent.
     As in the weeks past many scallops are being taken in waters of seven feet or more; but as the waters clear more each week, they will move closer in.
    Remember to try and scallop on the incoming tides as they are more visible but if time doesn’t allow you to, dive deeper and look beneath the grass and in little hidden holes.

  • Meth lab bust leads to five arrests

    Apparently five people charged with making “shake and bake” meth in a unit of a second floor duplex in Sumner were so overcome by the fumes of the chemical process they did not  know officers were knocking on their front door. 

    But when the officers could not get the attention of the people inside the unit, the next door neighbor helped out deputies and officers by kicking down the adjoining door between the units, according to Levy County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.

  • Festo, Ten Broeck take FPA honors

    Williston Pioneer graphic designer Chris Festo earned third place in the Photo Series category in the Florida Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest while editor Carolyn Ten Broeck earned a third place finish in Sports Column Writing–a column about her encounter with baseball great Harmon Killebrew.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 7-19

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

    July 12, James Devon Baker, 46, Morriston, two counts FTA. Bond $2,500.

    July 10, Jose Angel Barrera, 31, Melbourne, VOP. Bond $5,000.

    July 14, James Bowen, 45, Inglis, disorderly intoxication.

    July 10, Jamie Lee Burton, 39, High Springs, three out of county warrants. Bond $15,000.

    July 15, Salvador Jose Cavillo, 33, Brooker, battery. Bond $10,000.

  • BOCC cuts $2 million from budget

    The Levy County Commission, displeased that its “cut your budget requests” went unheeded,  went line by line over the proposals and cut them.
    In the end, the board removed more than $2 million in proposed expenditures for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.  Chief among the targets were items where the same amount of dollars were requested for three years but was never spent.

  • Williston candidate forum sparks little debate

    There was almost no debate among 22 political candidates Saturday at a political forum held at the Williston Community Center.
    For three hours, a packed room listened to candidates running for eight different county seats explain why each was qualified to take office. Audience members were encouraged to ask questions during the forum, sponsored by the Williston Area AARP, though only a few took advantage of the opportunity, and questions were mostly asked of  sheriff’s candidates.