Today's News

  • 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.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I have waited and again have not read any comments from the citizens of Williston on the latest actions of the city council. 

    Maybe I am missing something, or the council is not explaining themselves very well.  I read where the council was laying off six or seven employees (at Christimas time?) and in another breath, they are giving all full-time city employees a Christmas bonus (totaling over $6000)? 

  • It's 2010-I need a Party

    We find ourselves today at the the start of a new year and, as it would happen, at the beginning of a new decade. Many of us (myself included) find ourselves compelled to make promises regarding behavioral changes in our lifestyles and habits. So often, though, these so-called resolutions are half-heartedly attempted or completely neglected.

    The actuality of resolutions is that they are generally created as a way to get someone else to simply shut up. They don't hold a personal motivation and, therefore, are easily discarded.

  • Sexual predator moves

    Frank E. Raub, 34, a sexual predator who was convicted in Gilchrist County in 1998 for sexual battery on a child less than 12 years of age and another charge for lewd and lascivious on a victim under 16 years old, has changed addresses and is making it known, pursuant to Florida Statue 775.21.

    He now resides at 11531 NE 103rd Rd., Archer.

    For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, visit www.flde.state.fl.us and go to the sexual data base.


  • Joseph Wolfe wins with ‘supplement’


    Function: noun.

    Definition one: something that completes or makes an addition.

    Definition two: the word Joseph Wolfe correctly spelled to win the Levy County Spelling Bee on Monday.

    Wolfe, a sixth-grader at Chiefland Middle School, outlasted nine other students at Bronson Middle/High School to win the District Champion title.

    Spelling through several tense rounds in front of parents, judges and school officials, Wolfe stepped to the podium, thought for a few seconds, and spelled out his final word with little difficulty.

  • Coach prepares team for ‘real world’

    Despite his winning ways with the Williston High School Red Devils basketball team, Head Coach Steve Faulkner is a realist.

    That’s why he not only drills his team on the court, but pushes them off the court as well. It’s his way of preparing them for life after high school basketball.

    “The reality is,” Faulkner told Williston Rotary Club members Tuesday, “that most of them will not play ball outside high school.”

  • Church burglarized

    The Williston First United Methodist Church became the latest in a long string of churches that have been burglarized in the area.

    The Williston Police Department reports that unknown person or persons gained access to the church Monday morning by removing the glass on the front door.

    An attempt to gain entry into the safe was unsuccessful.

    Erv Kauffman, president of the Williston Lions Club, said that during that same time frame the club was also burglarized and watches, valued at more than $400, were taken.

  • County wrestles with real estate problems

    A building rented by Levy County for the Guardian ad Litem program that clients refuse to enter, and a proposal to build a metal storage building for the Levy Emergency Management Department occupied most of the County Commission’s attention Tuesday.

    The agenda was short for the commission’s second meeting of the New Year, but it provided ample discussion and no resolution to the issues of the rented office and the building.