Today's News

  • Get ready to rodeo this weekend

    It’s RODEO time again at the Williston Horseman’s arena this week. Come out for the 17th Annual Johnny Hodge Memorial High School Rodeo this Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the Williston Horseman's Association arena.
    High school contestants from all over our great State of Florida will be on hand this weekend participating in boys events such roping, steer wrestling, bareback and saddle bronc riding, and of course the exciting bull riding too! Girls will participate in the barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and roping events as well.

  • ‘Mandate of the people’

    They stood about 30 feet apart with more than a dozen people separating them, and yet when they were asked their reaction to the election results, newly elected councilmen Jerry Robinson and Norm Fugate parroted each other’s words.
    “I am relieved,” said Robinson, who defeated longtime incumbent Debra French Jones 278-159.
    “The people have spoken. They’ve issued a mandate for change.”
    Former City Attorney Norm Fugate handed incumbent Steve Holcomb an almost 2-1 defeat 293-155.

  • Fugate, Robinson unseat incumbents

    With all votes counted and the Williston City Council certifying the election right now, unofficial results show that challengers Norm Fugate and Jerry Robinson have unseated longtime incumbents Steve Holcomb and Debra Jones.
    Read the entire story in Thursday's Williston Pioneer.

  • Fugate, Robinson unseat incumbents
  • Williston residents, get out and vote

    Williston voters will fill two council seats today.
    The poll, at the community center, is open until 7 p.m.
    Bring a picture ID and vote!

  • Zumba

    Eleven months ago, Lisa Berrios was on medications for both diabetes and high blood pressure.
    Her weight had topped at 287 pounds, and as a nurse at the VA hospital in Gainesville, she knew something had to give soon.
    Because in addition to the physical complications that accompany obesity, the usually upbeat Lisa found herself combatting depression,
    “Let’s go to Zumba,” someone recommended.
    It was the beginning of a new life for her–one that is healthy and fun.

  • Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    Feb. 14, Heather Leigh Bartholomew, 20, Crystal  River, holding for Gilchrist County, RWOV. Bond $37,000.
    Feb. 14, Gregory Alan Bennett, 22, Old Town, holding for Gilchrist County, RWOV. Bond $55,000.
    Feb. 18, Jose Trini-Chavez, 30, Gainesville, no driver’s license.
    Feb. 18, Marvin Laquan Dunmore, 24, Chiefland, lewd and lascivious exhibition in the presence of an elderly or disabled adult, battery. Bond $15,000.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bouten to celebrate 50th anniversary

    Louis and Lynne Bouten met on a blind date in St. Albans Naval Base where they both served.
    They were married Feb. 25, 1961.
    They have 11 childern, 28 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren
    Louis retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years and then worked 20 years with the state of Florida as a health provider to imates in Lowell.
    Lynne is a nurse for 40 years and works for Head Start.

  • School district may see layoffs

    A loss of almost $4 million in revenues for Levy County schools may translate into layoffs for anywhere from 40 to 70 personnel, Superintendent Bob Hastings told the Levy County Republican Executive Committee.
    Hastings, in a casual update by public officials at the group’s monthly meeting on Monday night in Chiefland, said, “People are very concerned about the state budget.” But he said it is too early to worry as the final budget approved by the legislature — which opens its annual session on March 8 — is likely to approve a different version.

  • Pick up barrel for art and Levy Fair

    Get your paint brushes ready.  The Trashy Art barrels are now ready for pick up. 
    Your organization can enter by painting a barrel and exhibiting it for auction at the Levy County Fair, April 7-10. 
     Each organization or individual will receive one-half of their auction proceeds, with the other half benefiting the Fair Association.