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Today's News

  • Sentences handed down

    The following persons were sentenced or had their cases nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information was taken from public records.

    • Adams, Frank Eugene, 62, County Road 337, Morriston, possession of paraphernalia, probation revoked, 60 days with credit for 52 days served. Must pay jail fund and civil judgment.

  • Officer of the Month

    Cpl. Chuck Strachan, right, was named Officer of the Month by the Williston Police Department, as it recognizes superior performers among the ranks. Strachan was singled out for his case follow up leading to an arrest, improvement to instrument test systems and professional compliance efforts. Steve McMillan, left, of Turning Point Fitness Center donated a free month membership to Strachan. Also shown is Police Chief Dan Davis.

  • Beware: Internet scams are rampant

    Computer fraud, fraudulent company checks and internal theft have dominated the action for Williston Police Officers in recent weeks. A Williston man wired $25,000 to California to purchase a boat on ebay. There is no boat, the bank account in California has been cleaned out and the suspect has disappeared. Another resident thought he had his pickup sold on Craig's List. The would-be-buyer sent a check for the truck and money to pay a transporter. The check is bad. There will be no sale. In another area case, a person expressed interest in a horse for sale on ebay.

  • Donation makes JBE a little safer

    The generosity of a Newberry businessman has ensured that students and staff at Joyce Bullock Elementary School will be safer this coming school term.

    On Monday, Jeffrey E. Ference donated the funding necessary for the school to purchase software that will enable administrators to know just who is on their campus.

    Late in the school year, Frances LaSalle, assistant principal, came before the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce to inform members of software the school wanted to purchase to help regulate the more than 6,000 visitors to their school each year.

  • New WMS principal has vision for her school

    At Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting, Pam Asbell wanted to clarify two things up front.

    “Iee^am not a new principal. Iee^am not new to Williston,” said the recently appointed principal at Williston Middle School.

    Asbell, who spent the last three years at Chiefland High School said she, in fact, lived in Williston until her parents moved to Archer when she was 11.

    Asbell, an educator for nearly 30 years, fills the void left by retiring principal Ernst L. Kordgien.

  • Beware of the award letter in your mailbox

    Would you pay $900 in handling fees if you were promised $10 million in return? Would you send $20 to cover paperwork if you were told you’d get $1 million within a week? Would you miss $10 if you knew you were getting a deluxe all-inclusive paid vacation at a five-star hotel?

    Sound too good to be true? It is and for a Williston woman, offers like this flood her mailbox every day and she wants to make sure that people DO look gift horses in the mouth.

    Janie Campbell (not her real name) is a 78-year-old widow living on a fixed income on the farm her father left her.

  • Meet teachers at Joyce Bullock Aug. 21

    Class lists will be available on Monday, Aug. 3 for parents of students at Joyce Bullock Elementary.

    You may call the school at 528-3341 to find out your student’s teacher and meet the teacher will be Aug. 21 from 9-11:30 a.m. Supply lists are also available in the front office.

     

  • Pioneer seeks back-to-school photos

    Start digging through the photo albums. The Williston Pioneer is looking for back-to-school photos for its August gallery.

    Submit your favorite photo by noon Aug. 21 for publication in our Aug. 27 edition. All submitted photos will be published.

    Photos may be e-mailed (minimum 150 resolution/200 is preferable) to editor@willistonpioneer.com or mailed/dropped by our office at 28 NW First Ave., Williston.

     

  • Rotarians told that we're all responsible for safe water

    Take a gallon of water, remove one tablespoon and you have the representation of potable water worldwide.

    That was the opening analogy Tuesday when Charlie Smith gave a brief presentation to Williston Rotarians on how Rotary is helping preserve and protect water from Africa to Guatemala to Chiefland.

    Smith, a member of both Chiefland and Trenton Rotary Clubs, is also one of the clubs’ spokesman on the Tri-County Springs Promise geared at clean water awareness.

  • Reward offered in 2007 double homicide

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved in a 2007 homicide in Fanning Springs.

    On Dec. 21, 2007 at 9:19 p.m., the Levy County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 9210 NW 178 Lane. The caller stated that a vehicle crashed in the McDougal Mobile Home Park and the vehicle was on fire.