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Today's News

  • From the weather to community tragedy, the Williston Pioneer was there in 2009

    The following compilation denotes the stories that made headlines on the front page of the Williston Pioneer in 2009:

    Jan. 1: Dry conditions cause concern: The combination of recent hard freezes in North Central Florida along with an average drought index of 619 has created higher than normal risks for wildfires.

  • Community Happenings

    Friday, Jan. 8

    Blood Drive

    Williston Community invites residents to do their part to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for the community when they team up with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to host a blood drive Friday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 9.

    Stop by the bloodmobile at City Hall between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and make a contribution that can save up to three lives in local hospitals.

    Saturday, Jan. 9

    Klinkenberg to

    Address FOL

  • Alzheimer's and dementia support group to meet

    The first meeting of the Alzheimer’s / Dementia Support Group will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to family members, friends and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    Rolando Perez-Melendez, 18, of Williston was charged with sexual battery Dec. 18.

    Drew Anthony Gore, 18, of Ocala was charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carry a concealed firearm Dec. 28. Bond was $20,000.

    Jeremy Mason Arrington, 29, of Chiefland was charged with two counts larceny and burglary of a structure Jan. 1. Bond was $20,000.

  • Blair trial delayed

    The trial of former Levy County EZDA Director Pamela Williams Blair has been delayed until March 1 to allow her attorney time to recover from surgery.

    Blair, who was indicted in November 2008 along with suspended County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker,  is accused to lying to a federal agent during a political corruption investigation.

  • PE waits on combined operating license

    It will be in the first quarter of 2010 before Progress Energy can assess the full scope of where it stands on two proposed nuclear power plants in Levy County

    Carla Groleau, community relations manager for the utility, told Williston Rotarians Tuesday that there has been a shift in scheduling but the company is hoping for a realignment early in the new year.

    The combined operating license, issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is next on Progress Energy’s scheduled timeline, she said.

  • Pyper Kub opens

    There’s a brand new restaurant just outside of town.  The Pyper Kub opened in late December on SW 18th Street just outside the airport gates.

    Carol and Dave Bibby have finally realized their dream of having their own restaurant.  Carol has spent many years in the restaurant business and incorporated her experience into the design of the Pyper Kub

    Dave retired from his position at the airport to be involved at the restaurant.  He is a well-known figure in the county, having several times run for county commission and city council.

  • Raymond Smith can spin a yarn

    Raymond Smith is what they call a natural born storyteller. If you were to put him alone in an empty room for an hour, after he came out, he’d tell you a story about what happened in there. And it would be a good story, probably one that would leave you both chuckling.

  • Thanks to Williston Lions, Bill Brittan’s life is given back

    Bill Brittan’s future looks brighter these days. Literally.

    Thanks to the Williston Lions Club, Brittan has been given a new outlook on life and for the first time in almost eight years, he can see what lies ahead.

    Up until just a few weeks ago, Brittan, 60, was almost blind due to cataracts. In fact, he says, his right eye was gone and what he saw through his left eye was blurred.

    A Sheetrock and drywall laborer, his work was impacted because he wasn’t able to see the minute details needed to complete a job.

  • Alzheimer’s support group forming

    Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will be sponsoring a support group for family members, friends and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease beginning in January. The group will be open to members of the community who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s (or other forms of dementia) as well as to the families and friends of residents of Williston Rehab’s memory care unit.