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Today's News

  • Red Devils 5-0 in District play

    Strong and relentless defense played by the Williston Red Devils came through again in their district game Friday night, Jan. 8, as they overwhelmed the Ft. White Indians 72-33, improving to 5-0 in district play.

    Holding a 15-11 lead after one quarter of play, the Red Devils held the Indians to a mere 6 points in the second quarter as they extended their lead to 35-17 at half time.

    The defense applied by the Red Devils continued to dominate the game in the second half as they held the Indians to just 16 total second half points.

  • Red Devils send heat wave over Newberry

    It was 28 degrees outside the Newberry Gym on Saturday night Jan. 9, as the Williston Red Devil basketball team came calling on the Panthers.

    The temperature inside the gym quickly began to warm the nearly full house in attendance as the teams took the court.

    The Red Devils jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on their way to a 77-45 thrashing of the cold shooting Panthers.

    The Red Devil defense had a lot to do with the Panthers cold shooting as they forced turn over after turnover through out the game.

  • ‘Everything happens for a reason’

    Two weeks after a wreck that killed two of her closest friends and rocked the community, Nikole Brown is back home in the loving care of her mother trying to work her way back to health.

    Nikole, who will be 16 at the end of this month, was the lone survivor of an accident that took the lives of Williston High School seniors Tiffany Oliver and Marqui Cook Dec. 27.

    The girls were on their way to Gainesville from a bonfire in Dunnellon when the accident occurred in the wee hours of the morning.

  • Community Happenings

    Thursday, Jan. 14

    Congressman Talks

    A representative from Sen. Bill Nelson’s office will be at Williston City Hall from 4-5 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 14.

    Saturday, Jan. 16

    Cheerleading Camp

    There will be a WHS Cheerleader mini camp Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for all girls ages 4 and older .  This is a fun day for all girls to spend with the WHS Cheerleaders learning basketball cheers, chants, dances and stunts.  Each child will receive a t-shirt, snacks and lunch. 

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    • Timothy M. Luckey, 20, of Old Town was arrested Jan. 7 and charged with three counts grand theft, two counts burglary of a residence, burglary of a structure and two counts dealing in stolen property when he allegedly took a golf cart from a Cedar Key residence, and is suspected of stealing several others. Bond was $120,000.

    • Jimmy Edward Golden, 28, of Morriston was charged Jan. 10 on a Marion County warrant for grand theft. Bond was $5,000.

  • Man charged in toddler's death

    A Morriston man has been charged with aggravated manslaughter following the death of a toddler in November 2009.

    Kalin Halchak, 31, of NW 160th Avenue

    and Tiffany Baker, 20, of Belleview were charged Jan. 6 after two-month investigation by Marion County authorities.

    The case began Nov. 9, 2009, when detectives responded to Munroe Regional Medical Center in reference to a child who was brought in by his mother and later pronounced dead. The child’s mother, Tiffany Baker, told officials the toddler had ingested medication.

  • What’s a trip without a misadventure? Or two?

    My father had a saying for when he drove extensively.

    “I’ve been all over hell and half of Georgia,” he’d lament to my mother.

    We thought it was funny considering we were in Kentucky and he really hadn’t been to Georgia.

    However it stuck and over the years it has become my mantra too.

    Thanksgiving weekend it became true.

    Best friend Denise and her family rent a cabin in the North Georgia mountains every Thanksgiving.

  • Bus service now available

    Nature Coast Transit wants to help Levy County residents get back to work. And if work is not where you live, even if it is in Gainseville, Trenton or points in between, NCT can help workers and prospective workers get there with federal help.

  • From the weather to community tragedy, the Williston Pioneer was there in 2009

    The following compilation denotes the stories that made headlines on the front page of the Williston Pioneer in 2009:

    Jan. 1: Dry conditions cause concern: The combination of recent hard freezes in North Central Florida along with an average drought index of 619 has created higher than normal risks for wildfires.

  • Community Happenings

    Friday, Jan. 8

    Blood Drive

    Williston Community invites residents to do their part to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for the community when they team up with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to host a blood drive Friday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 9.

    Stop by the bloodmobile at City Hall between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and make a contribution that can save up to three lives in local hospitals.

    Saturday, Jan. 9

    Klinkenberg to

    Address FOL