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Today's News

  • No trick

    If a stay of execution isn’t soon delivered, a longtime Williston tradition will die.

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the the Trail of Treats, has elected not to oversee the event this year, citing ever growing safety concerns.

    What began more than a dozen years ago as a way of promoting both downtown merchants and a safe place for trick or treating, has now mushroomed to more than 3,000 participants–most from outside the city.

  • Morriston couple killed in plane crash

    A Morriston couple was killed Thursday when their experimental aircraft crashed into a field in Marion County.

    Gilbert Jennings, 53, and Catherine Jennings, 50, were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The plane and its two occupants flew out of northwest Ocala  around 4 p.m. Their final destination was another airfield in Marion County.  When the plane did not arrive to its designated landing area, family members became concerned and called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office around 8 p.m. 

  • Lady Red Devils dominate Jam Slam Invitational

    The Newberry volleyball tournament was held Aug. 23 at the Newberry Gym.
    The Williston Lady Red Devils won both their matches in two games each in the best of three matches.
    The Lady Devils were led in game one against the Dixie County Lady Bears by a host of players.
    Morgan Vanasco lifted the Lady Devils to a 9-3 lead with her serves and the team never looked back on their way to a 25-20 win.

  • Red Devils take 20-19 Fall Classic win

    It wasn't their best game, and several players played with nicks and dings, but the heart of the 2012 Williston Red Devil football team members showed through Aug. 24 as they traveled to Fernandina Beach.
    It was a first quarter that saw both the Red Devils and Pirates unable to get their offenses moving.
    The first quarter ended in a 0-0 tie.
    The Red Devils began to click midway through the second quarter as quarterback David Heinkel hit Damien Strange with a 62-yard touchdown pass.

  • Pier Fishing

    By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer

    Hurricane Isaac has ripped through the Gulf this past week and made fishing nearly impossible. Both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have felt the impact of high winds and rains. Small boat advisories have plagued boaters’ news headlines as the seas have been rough.
    With many of the beaches closed and charter fishing for the most part non-existent, or at best not advised, many have tried their angling skills at the piers.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    Aug. 26, Deborah Maggeline Booker, 21, Ocala, two counts possession of forgery, uttering false bank bill, possession of drug equipment, passing counterfeit bank bill, petit theft. Bond $101,000.
    Aug. 20, Randall Brouillard, 60, Bronson, battery. Bond $5,000.
    Aug. 22, William Edward Carter Jr., 38, Williston, two counts VOP, DUI. Bond $5,000.
    Aug. 26, Jeffrey Ruric Cobb, 49, out of county warrant, possession of weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon. Bond $2,000.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, Sept. 1

    FOL Book Sale
    Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its first book sale since June on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    The sale will be held in the City Hall Community Center. Volunteers to help sort books are asked to come Friday at 9 a.m.
    Many books have been donated since June and the prices as always are low. Hardbacks are $1; soft backs, 50 cents; paper backs 25 cents, children's and magazines 10 cents. Tapes, both audio and videos are $1.

  • Breaking back in

    By Bryan Hoopaugh

  • Ride to Provide set for Oct. 20

    The seventh annual motorcycle fund-raiser, Ride to Provide, will be held  Oct. 20 at Bronson High School.
    On-site registration begins at 7:30  a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.
    Participants  are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net.

  • Lucky Penny

    It was a feat that ends up on morning TV talk shows.
    Monday, an 8-year-old Jack Russell out on her afternoon bathroom break disappeared.
    “I’d seen a turtle the day before,” said the dog’s owner, Patty Hatch, “and thought she was following it.”
    Indeed she had.
    Penny, the curious Jack Russell, had wandered the way of the turtle and somehow became trapped in the turtle/gopher hole.