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Today's News

  • Cedar Key is state’s best rural community

    The USDA has named the City of Cedar Key as Florida’s Rural Community of the Year for 2009.

    Located on the Gulf Coast of Levy County, Cedar Key’s belief in partnering to protect the community’s history, environment and working people piqued the interest of UDSA Rural Development, and led to the award that will be officially presented the community next week.

  • Public works director retiring after 36 years

    On Feb. 11, the city of Williston will lose one of its most valuable and respected employees.

    James Arrington, longtime director of public works for the city, will retire on that day, to the dismay of many of his “crew,” those people who keep the city running, in good times and bad.

  • No vote this year on county judge

    Levy County voters will not get to vote this year on two of Gov. Charlie Crist’s judicial appointments.

    That is because Article V, Section 11 (b) of the Florida State Constitution says appointees to vacancies will not have to stand for election for at least one year after their appointment.

  • Chiefland lobbies for veterans' parade

    Veterans and residents of Levy County will once again have a Veterans Day Parade if one Chiefland official gets his way.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, spurred on by the absence of a parade last year, said he’s already spoken to representatives from the cities of Inglis and Bronson about the possibility of forming a committee, composed of representatives from each city in Levy County, to organize the event.

    Bronson and Inglis “whole heartedly agreed,” he said in a Monday morning interview.

  • AARP lobbies for you

    Floridians served by Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy can breathe a sigh of relief. Regulators clearly understood the tough realities of balancing a family budget, during this time of severe economic distress for many Floridians and rejected increase proposals by the state’s two largest utility providers.

  • Community Happenings

    Sunday, Jan. 31

     Woman’s Club Luncheon

    The Williston Woman’s Club is holding a Soup/Chili Dinner Sunday, Jan. 31 at the clubhouse located on Highway 121 North. A variety of homemade soups and chili, plus salad and cornbread as well as an assortment of homemade desserts will be on the menu. 

    Cost for the meal is $7.50 for adults, $5 for those under 10 and no cost for children under three.

      The doors will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit club projects.

  • Red Devils run hot, scorch Indians’ feathers

    Monday was a bad night for the Chiefland Indians, as they traveled to the Williston gym and ran into a hot shooting Red Devil team.

    The Red Devils knocked down five 3-point baskets in a runaway first quarter that saw the score bloom to 29-8 as the quarter ended.

    In the second quarter, the Red Devils added another two 3-point basket on their way to a 49-18 half time lead over the Indians.

    The hot hands belonged to James Monroe with 3, Paul King with 3 and Kelsey Coleman with 1 3-point baskets.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Sue Ann Marshall, 42, of Williston was charged with tampering with physical evidence and petit theft Jan. 21. Bond was $1,000.

    Eugene R. Offenberger, 55, of Marietta, Ohio was charged with possession of crack cocaine Jan. 20. Bond was $5,000.

    Charlie Daniel Holt, 28, of Bronson was charged Jan. 16 with disorderly intoxication. Bond was $1,000.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The WIlliston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    Maximo Ocampo of 12th Avenue, WIlliston was charged Jan. 24 with driving without a driver’s license.

    Silvio Arnoldo Figueroa Carrillo, 26, of NE 11th Avenue was arrested Jan. 22 and charged with domestic violence.’

    Jessie Newton Hale, 83, of 7th Street, Williston was charged Jan. 16 for having tag unassigned to vehicle.

    Thomas Andrew Holifield, 29, was charged with domestic battery Jan. 22.

  • Weekly Update

    The Williston Pioneer Web site is updated by noon most Thursdays. Obituaries, especially those with services later in the week, are posted at least by Wednesday, sometimes earlier.