Today's News

  • Bronson council says map proves FEMA wrong

    Bronson Town Council members say they now have sound scientific data refuting flood zones established in the town by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    "It makes me really proud because it shows we were right from the start," said Council Member Berlon Weeks at Monday night's regular meeting.

  • Who is the best in your town?

    They have been serving you all year, now it’s your turn to show your appreciation AND take a shot at winning a little pocket money for your effort.
    The Williston Pioneer is sponsoring its first Readers’ Choice Awards (ballot on page 12 of this week's Pioneer), where merchants, services and professionals will be named “The Best of” by the people who patronize them.
    All ballots are collected in our office at 37 South Main St., and each week until the contest ends, one ballot will be drawn. The person who submitted that ballot will win $25.

  • Badlands fire sears county

    About 90 homes, businesses and other buildings near the Goethe State Forest were threatened Monday by a fire that's been burning in the area since April.
    Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Department of Forestry, said the fire, now officially known as the Badlands Fire, picked up steam Monday when it was fed by strong downdrafts from an approaching storm.
    "The fire started getting extremely aggressive and extremely erratic."

  • City hits stumbling block with audit

    The city of Williston has less than four months to meet the state’s auditing requirement. It can be done, but it’s going to take a lot of make up work, the city council learned Tuesday night.
    Helen Painter, of the auditing firm Purvis, Gray & Company, which is conducting the city’s financial audit, presented council members with a list of 15 items still not in their possession and needed to complete the audit before Sept. 30.

  • Voluntary burn ban in effect

    Levy County Emergency Management in cooperation with Florida Division of Forestry have decided to institute a VOLUNTARY burn ban for Levy County.

    Here are some of the reasons why this decision was made:

    •Levy County has not received significant long term rainfall in 30 days.

    •The drought index currently is 638 and is expected to rise until we have rainfall. To see the state drought index go to http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/KBDI/index.html

  • Make a difference in a child’s life

     Be the difference in a child’s life.  Volunteer as an advocate for neglected or abused children.  The next class starts June 20. To learn more, come to a short information meeting at the Williston Library, June 13 at 6 p.m., at the Guardian office in Chiefland on June 8 at 6 p.m. or at the Bronson Library on June 9  at 6 p.m.
    Call Lynn at 374-3656 ext 2238 or go to www.guardianadlitem.org.

  • California, here they come

    Two Red Devil football players will pack their belongings and move across the United States to pursue their educations and play on the gridiron.
    Orvil Stone and Darroll Jest both signed their scholarships to play football for Ventura College in Ventura, Calif. Tuesday in the media center at Williston High School.
    Stone will enter the medical arena, studying in the pediatrics field. Jest will major in business.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, June 4

    Church Yard Sale
    There will be a Community Yard Sale Saturday, June 4 beginning at 7 a.m. at Fountain of Life Church,  623 East Noble Ave., Williston.
    Purchase a space to sell items for only $10 (you must bring your own table).
    There will be food for sale.
     For more information,  contact Tamara Glover at 352-427-9989 or Fountain of Life Church at 352-528-6302.

    American Legion Fish Fry

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    May 24, Marlena Annette Batey, 25, Bronson, grand theft, petit theft. Bond $20,000.
    May 28, Joseph Paul Beauregard, 38, Williston, domestic battery. Bond $2,000.
    May 30, Allison Davis Berry, 38, Chiefland, domestic battery.
    May 25, Katia Russinyol Calleiro, 61, Chiefland, possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, theft of utilities, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony. Bond $120,000.

  • Love is ageless

    As I write this, it is Clint Eastwood’s 81st birthday. How can that be? I asked myself when I first read it.
    Surely that cannot be right. Rowdy Yates is an old man? No  . . .
    But then I looked at his birth year and it hit me. Hard.
    The man I adored when I was a child is a year older than my father.
    Is that possible?