Today's News

  • Red Devils fall to 3-2 in district play

    It was five quick 3-point baskets by the Santa Fe Raiders on Friday night Dec.21, that put the Red Devils in an early hole that they just could not climb out of.

    Santa Fe dropped in five first quarter 3-point baskets to hold onto an early 19-16 lead as the first quarter of the District game came to an end.

    In the second quarter, the 3-point basket failed to fall for the Raiders, as David Heinkel and Damien Strange found the range for the Red Devils as they helped to pull the Red Devils to within one point of the Raiders at half time, 27-26.

  • One shot McGowan

    By Brian Hoopaugh


    It was a normal outing with his grandfather, John, when Dalton McGowan went exploring in the woods just northeast of Williston two weeks ago. 

    Dalton had gone to the woods many times in his 14 years but this venture will forever be stuck in his mind and surely included in tales told for years to come.

  • On the Job

    He’s a voracious reader, with 348 unread books on his Kindle; a consummate traveler; a man of deep faith–and as a side note, the original Amityville Horror.

    Or at least that’s what Scott Lippmann laughingly called himself last week as he detailed growing up in Amityville, N.Y.–a town infamous because of the mysterious phenomena that occurred there–but also his home for the first semester of his life.

  • Residents’ health improves; problems remain

    Christmas is over and normally folks turn their attention to those New Year’s resolutions — promises to ourselves to lose weight, eat healthier, consume less alcohol and stop smoking, dippin’ and chewin’.

    The promises we seem to break within days. 

    But some of Levy County’s residents are keeping those promises made to themselves. 

  • From our family to yours
  • Red Devils’ Roundup: Win some, lose some

     Wilson wills Red Devils to district win

    It was a night that Red Devil fans were treated to big time Red Devil Basketball. The Williston varsity team hosted district foe, the Bradford Tornadoes, led by their 6’ 10” 250 pound center Justin McBride.

    The Red Devils got off to a cold shooting night as they missed five easy lay ups in the first quarter alone as the Tornadoes skirted out to a 17-12 lead as quarter one ended.

  • In the midst of despair, there is hope

    Today, we live in a hurting nation. For the past week, many of us have been trying to wrap our heads around the senseless act of violence that claimed the lives of 26 people in New England, most of whom were in an elementary school. We try to imagine that morning as teachers struggled to corral children whose biggest concerns were if Santa would fill those long-awaited Christmas wishes.

    In minutes, the routine morning was disrupted as lives were ended and others changed forever.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    Dec. 11, Emily Elizabeth Barber, 24, Old Town, trafficking in controlled substance, possession of drug equipment. Bond $16,000.

    Dec. 14, Walter Evan Bell Jr., 31, St. Augustine, battery, out of county warrant. Bond $25,000.

    Dec. 16, Tanya Marie Blaisedell, 41, Chiefland, assault on officer, carrying electric weapon, disorderly intoxication, obstruction W/OV. Bond $55,000.

    Dec. 12, Charles Rowland Bray, 55, Inglis, DWLS. Bond $2,000.

  • Christmas in Peru

    By Keith Stewart

    Special to the Pioneer

    Some of Morriston Baptist Church’s members recently went on mission to Lima and Cusco, Peru. 

    Working with Buckner International, Pastor Keith Stewart, his wife Margarette and three of his parishioners–Kelly and Vivian Culbertson, and Janet Colley–traveled more than 10 hours by car and air to minister in South America. 

    They spent eight days visiting various orphanages, youth and single mother homes throughout Lima and Cusco.

  • Community steps up to fill Christmas void

    Paul Pilney, of Citrus County, just happened to make a stop in Levy County when something caught his eye: bold black letters across the top of a November issue of the Chiefland Citizen that read “No Toys for Tots this year.”

    “It killed me to see that headline. I said, ‘Oh, no, this is not good. I read it and was really disturbed,” Pilney said last week.