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Today's News

  • Miss Florida encourages Williston girls to reach high for scholarships

    She hadn’t participated in any type pageant until she was 20 years old, but when she heard the prizes included scholarships for college, Rachael Todd jumped feet first onto the runway.

    Two and a half years later, not only does she have scholarship money, she is the reigning Miss Florida.

    Saturday, Todd, 22, visited the Williston School of Dance to speak to the students about her reign and demonstrate the talent she exhibited in the Miss America pageant in February of this year.

  • Bell announces candidacy for District 4

    Ryan Bell of Chiefland has announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat held by incumbent Lilly Rooks of Rosewood on the Levy County Board of County Commissioners.

    Bell, a fifth generation Levy County resident, is the second candidate in the Republican Party primary being held Aug. 24. He will face off against Noel K. Desmond.

  • Next school year could be financial train wreck

    The School Board of Levy County is one of 13 school districts in Florida that may not receive federal funds that could be used to assist in reforming education and turning around struggling area schools.

    The Levy County Education Association refused to sign a memorandum of understanding that stated the district’s willingness to participate in the Race to the Top program. If Florida is granted the $700 million it is applying for, Levy County could lose out on $1.145 million over four years.

    The deadline to sign the memorandum was Tuesday, May 25.

  • New Church of God benefits entire community

    To the editor:

    On Sunday afternoon, May 23, the dedication service for the new Church of God in Williston, was, without doubt, one of the outstanding events to be held in our area this year. I am sorry if you missed it.

    With the Lord’s help, the Rev. Wesley Smith and his church have done an unbelievable job for which our entire community can be very proud.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, June 5

    Chiefland Watermelon Festival

    It is time to sign-up for the Chiefland Watermelon Festival pageants. Download an application at www.chieflandwomansclub.org

    Catergories and criteria are:

    Little King and Queen:  Ages 3-5 as of June 5, 2010

    Little Princess:  Age:  6-10-you must have completed 1st grade 

    Princess:  Age:  11-15-you must have completed the 6th grade 

    Queen:  Age 16-22

    Chiefland FOL

  • Sheriff's Report

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

    • Thomas Charles Morris, 27, Bronson. Arrested May 26–resisting without violence.

    • Justin P. Lentini, 45, Yankeetown. Arrested May 29–DUI, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, domestic aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, disorderly intoxication, reckless driving, leaving scene of an accident with injury, simple battery and attempted murder. Bond was $210,000.

  • Lady Red Devils celebrate successful season

    The 2010 Williston Lady Red Devil Softball season is now officially over. And what a fantastic season the Lady Devils had.

    Their overall 20-4 record led them to the District Championship, followed by the Region Championship, right to the State Final 4 and were the only public school represented in the State Final 4 play offs.

  • The Williston Pioneer is on the street

    Graduation 2010: A salute to Williston High School Class of 2010

    Unwanted visitor makes way into family's yard

    It's hurricane season. Are you prepared?

    FFA Middle School Honors

    Memorial Day Celebrations in Bronson and Williston

    New candidate for District 4, county commission

    Lady Red Devils Softball Banquet

    WHS Band Banquet

    School News

    Local arrests

  • Hurricane season to be active, so be prepared

    Hurricane season began Tuesday and national hurricane watchers predict the storm season will be active, while a poll of coastal residents appears to find relaxed attitudes in preparations.

    But in Levy County, Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson takes the approach of hurricane season seriously and will be conducting a hurricane tipoff meeting for public officials on June 9.

  • Party planned for Philpot

    The Williston FFA Alumni and other friends are in the early stages of planning a retirement reception for Robert Philpot.

    Philpot has been an Ag Teacher at Williston High School since 1973 and is retiring at the end of this school year. The reception has been planned for Saturday, May 15 at the Williston Middle School Cafetorium from 3-6 p.m.