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Today's News

  • Williston outgrows polling place

    During the 2012 General Election, some Williston voters waited over an hour to cast their vote.The last person in line that night voted at 8:30 p.m.

    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones wants to alleviate that problem and Tuesday night asked the Williston City Council if she could use the council meeting room to admit and register voters before sending them to the community center where they will receive ballots and actually vote.

    Jones said if they could check in people in the council room, more voting booths can be set up.

  • Funding bill signed for Williston school, CCF campus

    With the swoosh of a pen Gov. Rick Scott signed the state budget for 2014-15 into law on Monday and the hopes for Levy County for a better future were realized.

    Included in the document is $4.3 million in planning and construction money for the College of Central Florida's Jack Wilkinson campus that would be located on 35 acres north of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 19 and $11, 471,700 for construction of a new Williston Middle High School.

  • Fourth meth lab busted

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is working a chain of information to shut methamphetamine (meth) manufacturing with the bust of a fourth lab ― this latest rolling among U.S. Highway 27A, and a meth lab dump site in the past month.

    The drive to make Levy County started April 27 when a theft investigation led to the discovery of an active meth lab at a Chiefland residence. An man and a woman were arrested in that operation.

    Three days later deputies arrested a man at his Chiefland residence where he admitted having an active meth lab.

  • Just how good was this 2014 championship team?

    One only has to be a fan of any sport, and you will hear the same old stories and predictions from many coaches and sportscasters regardless of the sport.

    There are those who say defense wins football championships, and free throw shooting wins and loses most basketball games. And some say defense and others say it’s pitching that wins baseball championships.

    Well, let’s take a look at this 2014 Williston Red Devil Baseball 1A State Championship team to see just how good they were.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • May 25, Juanita Batten, Bronson, DUI

    • May 20, Carolyn Berryhill, Gulf Hammock, false Medicaid claim, pay for Medicaid referral.

    • May 20, Lori Cherbonneau, Williston, careless driving, DUI and damage property. Bond $250.

    • May 25, Jeffery Neal Cherry, Bell, disorder intoxication in public place, battery. Bond $2,000.

    • May 25, Todd Evan Davis, Archer, possession of cocaine, possession marijuana not more than 20 grams. Bond $6,000.

  • Darby Battle is 2014 valedictorian

    When Darby Battle makes her valedictory address Tuesday night, it just won’t be her parents who are bursting with pride.

    Her grandmother–“Nana”–may be the one applauding the loudest.

    That’s because for a time, while everyone was waiting to see the 2014 class standings, Nana, a/k/a Cindy Battle, had a big dream for her granddaughter: she wanted her to follow in her father’s footsteps since he was also a valedictorian of Williston High School.

  • Red Devils make us proud

     

    If you were watching or listening to Tuesday night's game, you know how excited the Red Devils' fans were. You may have been excited yourself.

  • Excitement was contagious

     

    It's been a  rough baseball season here at the Williston Pioneer. Our sports writer quit and despite advertisements, Facebook pleadings and discussions with teachers and students alike, no one came forward to do the job.

  • Dick Williams wants to return to the place that shaped his life

     

    Dick Williams was 24 years old when he first set foot on the beaches of Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion.

    A medic, Williams saw the horror of war first hand–images he never forgot and in 2012 published his memoir "Men of Iron: A Tribute to Courage."

  • Two great ways to pay it forward

     

    Who in their right mind would voluntarily be in the  hot sun for 12-14 hours a day without receiving monetary compensation?

    Williston High School Senior John Julian, that's who.