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Today's News

  • Street dedication honors legacy of Willie Burgman

    The Burgman family has a lot to be proud of.

    In 1910, its patriarch, Willie, left his sharecropper life in Waycross, Ga., to head toward the unknown in Florida.

    The eldest of four children born to Carrie and Pledge Burgman, Willie had no formal education, and at 22 could only make his mark–an “X”–for his signature.

    He only knew the hard work of the fields when he set out and yet he was determined to work hard and have a good life.

  • Williston ready for Amendment 2

    The city of Williston, at the urging of Police Chief Dennis Strow, took an initial step Tuesday night to get the city where it wants to be should Amendment 2 pass Nov. 4.

    Amendment 2, on the general election ballot, ask voters if medical marijuana should be legalized in the state of Florida.

    Tuesday night, the council heard the first reading of Ordinance 645, which dictates where medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment facilities can be located in the city limits.

  • Lady Indians take down Lady Red Devils 3-1

    By Max Yavel

    Contributing Writer

    The Lady Red Devils hosted their rivals, Chiefland, last week and gave them a great match as both teams played extremely hard. Williston wasn’t able to come on top in this one but the games were competitive and close the whole way. The Lady Red Devils showed incredible resolve -- fighting their way back time and time again.

  • Williston Middle School football team rolls 50-20

    By Greg Hamilton

    Special to the Pioneer

  • Red Devils claim big first win

    By Max Yavel

    Contributing Writer

    Williston was finally able to get its first win of the season last week as they took on Wildwood High School at home. The stands at Booster Stadium were buzzing with energy as the Red Devils put up touchdown after touchdown en route to a 63-12 victory.

  • Sisters earn titles at Miss Heart of USA pageant

    Three local sisters were recently award the titles at the 2014 Miss Heart of the USA North Florida State Pageant in Jacksonville,.

    Courtney Rodgers, 18, was crowned North Florida's Miss Heart of the USA. Rebecca Rodgers, 14, was crowned North Florida's Junior Miss Heart of the USA. Madison Rodgers was crowned North Florida's Community Service Queen.

  • That Championship Season

    The pride was just as intense Friday night as when the Williston High School state-winning baseball team motorcaded down Noble Avenue in May. The reason? The team was presented its championship rings at halftime of last week's game, which saw the gridiron Red Devils wreaking havoc over Wildwood.

  • New supervisor's dreams for Williston Airport soar

    Wayne Middleton likes aviation and for most of his life has worked in and around airports.

    In September, Middleton filled the big shoes of Joe Ball, who retired after 15 years as the supervisor of the Williston Airport.

    A native of South Florida, Middleton and his wife, Bridget–a professor at Santa Fe College–have lived in Williston for over 10 years. His new position at the airport is his first employment stint at home, and he’s already loving his five-minute commute.

  • Robbery suspects arrested

    The three suspects wanted for the Sept. 20 robbery of the La Esperanza store at 114 NE 6 Ave., Williston, have been arrested.

    Charged in the incident are Guillermo Centeno-Marroquin, 22, of Ocala, Jordan Cruz, 22, of Belleview and Jayr Joseph Dinsen, 26, of Belleview.

    Centeno-Marroquin was the first to be arrested on Sept. 23 and after a confession, officers collected evidence used in the robbery, including the identity of the others.

  • Bicyclist killed on U.S. 41

    A bicyclist was killed just before midnight Saturday after he was struck by a Jeep on U.S. 41, south of Williston.

    Oscar Alfredo Jeronimo Sic, 23, of Williston was traveling south on U.S. 41 in the center of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Robert Carl Kinsey, 53, of Morriston was behind the bicycle, traveling 50-55 mph. Behind Kinsey – at about 200 feet– were John Paul Linnell, 36, of Ocala driving a 2001 Hyundai Elantra and Samuel Antonio White, 48, of Tampa driving a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.