Today's News

  • Even without seeing combat, Mitchell has stories to tell

    Growing up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania, Robert Mitchell longed for adventure. On his 18th birthday, he thought he might have a way to satisfy the urge–he joined the Army.
    At the peak of the Vietnam War, he knew he would be sent overseas.
    And he was.
    To Italy.
    Instead of tearing through the jungles of Southeast Asia, Mitchell found himself  tearing up the rifle range as part of the Rifle and Pistol Team.
    Instead of jumping into foxholes, he instead jumped hurdles, competing against legendary track stars like Willie Davenport.

  • Interest grows in council position

    At least three men have thrown their hat in the ring to fill the city council post that is expected to be vacated Nov. 22 when Council President Marc Nussel resigns.
    In a letter to the council Nov. 8, Nussell announced his intent to void his post at Tuesday’s meeting. Council agreed then to accept applications through Nov. 28 and possibly fill the position Dec. 6.
    At press time Tuesday afternoon, the following had submitted applications:
    • Charles Goodman, a construction company owner who has lived in Williston four years.

  • Williston man charged with sexual battery

    By A.B. Sidibe

    Contributing Writer

    A 22-year-old is in custody for sexual battery of a child, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office report.

    Jefferey Alan Puskaric Jr., of 13817 NE 54th Place, Williston, was charged Tuesday with felony sexual battery on a 7-year-old girl.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 11-17-2011

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

    Nov. 7, Christopher Allen Barron, 28, Chiefland, cocaine possession with intent to sell, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, two delivery within 1,000 feet of place of worship. Bond $100,000.

    Nov. 13, Chastity Nicole Baxman, 30, Otter Creek, out of county warrant.

    Nov. 13, Tabatha Ann Beals, 24, Old Town, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, drug equipment. Bond $26,000.

  • Williston says ‘thanks’ to veterans

    Attendance may have been slightly off this year, but the enthusiasm and appreciation for this nation’s veterans did not wane, as the city of Williston paid tribute to the people who protect our freedoms.

    The evening began with the posting of the colors by the Williston JROTC, followed by the high school band performing a medley tribute to various branches of the military.

  • Community leader Royal French dies at 89

    Royal French was ahead of the game in almost every aspect of his life.

    A collector of memorabilia, he chronicled the last 70 years of his life in four-inch binders–more than 80 of them.

    Programs, notes, photos, newspaper clippings–anything and everything someone  might need to do research was included.

    “He was a scrapbooker before it was cool,” his daughter, Debra French Jones said Tuesday.

  • Deputy charged with sexual battery

    A Levy County Sheriff’s lieutenant has been terminated following his arrest Friday on charges of taking a county employee captive at the home they once shared and attacking her.

  • Red Devils watch 10 point lead disappear

    The skill and athleticism is there, and Halloween is over, but something seems to always haunt the Williston Red Devils when they take on the Dixie County Bears.
    This year was no different, as the Red Devils fought back to answer the Bears in the first half  to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter on a Brandon Preston 36-yard touchdown run.
    As the second quarter got under way, both teams stopped themselves with turnovers and penalties. The Bears were whistled for 4 face mask penalties in the tightly contested and hard hitting first half.

  • We believe in words

    For more than half dozen years, the Williston Pioneer has committed to bringing the children of Bronson and Williston Elementary Schools the power of words through the nationally acclaimed The Dictionary Project.
    Each year, money and time are set aside to present every third grade student in the two schools with their own dictionary. The students are challenged to become lifelong learners and told the book they hold in their hands wields power.

  • Jamaican me aggressive

    I may have missed my calling, according to my family. According to them, I either need to be on the pro wrestling circuit or wearing a football uniform.
    They came to this conclusion after a video of me surfaced either clothes-lining or left-arm blocking a 200-pound man in order to claim my rightful place on the throne as Music Trivia Queen.
    It started innocently enough. We had just got into the rather large amphitheater  at the resort we were staying at in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, when the emcee announced a music trivia contest.