Today's News

  • Hometown boy comes full circle

    By Greg Griffis

    Special to the Pioneer

    It all began in 1966 when the Williston Elementary School, in cooperation with the Williston Police Department, decided to create a Williston School Safety Patrol. The elementary school at that time was located next to the Williston High School. 

    The patrolman who was under Chief Perryman was the one in charge of the safety patrol. Thirteen young boys were eventually picked for the original safety patrol.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    Dec. 9, Ashley Lynn Bennett, 22, Chiefland, FTA. Bond $1,000.

    Dec. 13, Roger Leo Bergeron, 49, Inglis, battery. Bond $5,000.

    Dec. 13. Daniel Lee Davis, 24, Zephyrhills, VOP, DWLS.

    Dec. 13, Daniel Adam Fletcher, 36, Spring Hill, DWLSR. Bond $5,000.

    Dec. 10, Dominic Lontreal Harris, 26, Raiford, writ of non support.

  • Season of giving comes home

    Christmas showed up a little early for one Chiefland resident this year, and it's likely Santa's sleigh won't come crashing through any weak spots in her roof.

    Work crews from several construction companies, using materials donated from area businesses, began replacing the leaky roof of Merci Bingaman Monday morning.

    "I can't stop saying thank you," Bingaman said on the phone Monday afternoon."I'm very blessed. It's been a very good Christmas."

  • Don’t be scammed

    Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner wants homeowners and business owners to be alert to repair and construction scams by fly-by-night work crews that could leave them in worse off than they started. 

    Joyner said this is the time of year when out-of-state work crews move down from the north because they cannot work in the cold weather and they sell home and business owners on “a good deal” on driveway paving and roof jobs. 

  • Tax Collector ready to close on building


    The Levy County Tax Collector said she expects to close on purchasing a building to house her Williston office on Wednesday, but it needs to clear one more hurdle at the Williston City Council on Tuesday night.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    Dec. 8, Summer Addison, 21, Chiefland, commission of a crime.

    Dec. 7, Ruperto Secundino-Alpizar, 25, Williston, no valid DL.

    Dec. 5, Robert Ray Brige, 68, Chipley, DWLSR, leaving scene of crash. Bond $10,000.

    Dec. 7, James Ernst, 49, Chifland, domestic.

    Dec. 6, Susan Jean Foley, 52, Ocala, DUI and damage to property. Bond $5,000.

  • Thief sought

      The Williston Police Department is looking for the woman in this surveillance shot (right) who allegedly took the donation jar (that was earmarked for terminally ill children) from the Kangaroo on Noble Avenue. Police Chief Dennis Strow reports she took the jar, went to the restroom, removed the money and left. Anyone who can identify this unknown woman should contact the Williston Police Department at 352-528-4991.    

  • Red Devils are 4-1

    By Bryan Hoopaugh

    Contributing Writer

    Williston boys’ basketball enters into this week of play with a 4-1 record. 

    After a big win over Lecanto High School on Dec. 3 (74-68), Williston fell to Chiefland in the first conference game of the season by a score of 68-65.

  • Blue Grotto hopes for revitalization

    At last week's meeting of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, Blue Grotto won approval of a land use change that may revitalize it.

     The commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a land use change for 9.9 acres of the 14-acre dive resort and RV park. Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston cast the dissenting vote. 

  • CRA reverses decision

    Staff Report

    The Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) had a change of heart Monday night and reversed its decision that a month ago opposed the award of a grant to a local business.

    In a 3-1 vote, with Jim Smith dissenting, the CRA voted to approve a $5,000 grant to Sharon Brannan for improvements made to the façade of her business on Main Street.