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Today's News

  • Morriston man charged with sexual battery

    Ruben Sanchez-Perez, 50, of Morriston was arrested Sept. 4 and charged with sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12 years of age.

    On July 20, the victim reported to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office that Sanchez-Perez has sexual assaulted her since she was 6 years old. The victim is known to Sanchez-Perez and would often stay with him at his Morriston address.

     

  • Levy County Sheriff

    The following information was taken from public records provided by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Felix M. Quinones, 50, of Morriston, violation of community control. No bail.

    Joaquin M. Mora, 44, of Trenton, felony domestic battery. Bail is $15,000.

    Dale Michael Davis, 41, of Chiefland, writ of bodily attachment for non support with cash purge of $500; and writ of bodily attachment for non-support with cash purge of $400.

  • City opts to contact for emergency services in event of disaster

    The city council of Williston decided at its Tuesday evening meeting to follow the lead of the county and other towns in contracting for emergency services in the event of natural or manmade disaster. The county has been urging each municipality to establish such a plan.

    Fire Chief Lamar Stegall presented both the county plan and one from the town of Inglis. The contractor in both cases is Grubbs Emergency Services, which operates out of Brooksville and, according to city attorney Norm Fugate, is well known and highly respected.

  • Red Devils scorch PKee^Yonge

    The Red Devils found themselves tied with the PK Yonge Blue Wave early in the third quarter 14-14, on a hot humid night in Gainesville.

    Senior Deonte Welch, playing for the first time this season after missing the Fall Classic game last week, took over in the fourth quarter after setting out most of the second quarter with cramps after being helped off the field.

    The Red Devils opened the scoring with 5:45 showing on the first quarter clock, as DJ King rambled in from the 7 yard line for the first of his two touchdowns on the night.

  • Lady Red Devils take bite out of Bulldogs

    After winning the Levy County Tournament with two wins, the Williston Lady Red Devil Volleyball team hosted the Suwannee Lady Bulldogs on Thursday night Sept. 3 and swept the match in three straight games.

    In game one, the Lady Bulldogs appeared to be finding their ranges on the court as they gave up points to the Red Devils on many out-of-bounds hits. The Red Devils had little trouble winning the game 25-7.

  • Injuries, penalties cost Eagles a win

    It was a rough night for Bronson coach Al Cooksey.

    Just one week earlier, Eagles running back Eric Oliver torched Oak Hall for 239 yards and three touchdowns in Bronson’s 31-7 preseason romp.

    This time? Oliver went down with an ankle injury early in the first half during Bronson’s season opener against visiting Trenton.

    Add 12 Eagles penalties for 115 yards, including five personal fouls and two ejections, and it all adds up to an ugly 27-13 defeat for Bronson at home last Friday. It was the fifth consecutive win for Trenton in the rivalry.

  • Newspaper exec who founded Weather Channel dies

    NORFOLK, Va. - Frank Batten Sr., who built a communications empire that spanned newspapers and cable television and created The Weather Channel, died Thursday. He was 82.

    Batten, the retired chairman of privately held Landmark Communications and a former chairman of the board of The Associated Press, died in Norfolk after a prolonged illness, Landmark Vice Chairman Richard F. Barry III said.

    A visionary executive who earned a reputation for spotting media trends, Batten was at the forefront of development of cable television in the 1960s.

  • We will not forget

    Perkins State Bank in Williston hosted a Sept. 11 commemoration on its lawn this morning to remember the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001. More than 2,800 people lost their lives in the attacks, including 343 firefighters, 23 New York police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.

     

    More photos in next week's Pioneer. A slideshow will be posted later  on our Web site.

  • Red Devils de-claw Bears in OT

    It’s been a long drought of many years since the Williston Red Devils have gotten the best of the Dixie County Bears in football. But that drought ended Friday night as the Red Devils beat the Bears in overtime 14-13.

    The Red Devils scored first and chose to kick the extra point to take a 14-7 lead. The Bears scored in one play, called a time out and went for two points for the win.

    The Red Devil defense stepped up and stuffed the Bears runningback for a five-yard loss, game over Red Devils win.

  • Donor kidneys needed

    As with everything else there are exceptions, but for the most part, the majority of people are good candidates for kidney donation and most can live happy, healthy lives with only one kidney.

    Tuesday, Dr. Michael Casey with the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Renal Transplantation at the University of Florida explained to members of the Williston Rotary Club what causes renal failure and how transplants are preferable to a lifetime of dialysis.