Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.