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Today's News

  • Answering the Challenge

    For over 25 years, they’ve lived in a sundry of locations in the eastern United States but in between moves, and sometimes simultaneously, they’ve always called Haiti home.
    Virginia “Ginger” Schmidt, with her husband, Tom, and their children have devoted themselves to what they call “the refuse” of Haiti–the children who are less than perfect and who are cast aside and left to die.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    Dec. 26–Robert William Bernstein, 45, Bronson. Lewd/lascivious offense on victim under 12. Bond $100,000.
    Dec. 25–David Timothy Booher, 53, Williston. Retail theft. Bond $5,000.
    Dec. 23–Eric Alan Burke, 25, Trenton. Robbery with a firearm, evidence destroying. Bond $110,000.
    Dec. 26–Boyd Iris Chisolm, 50, Chiefland. Criminal mischief. Bond $10,000.
    Dec. 26–Joshua Lee Clarke, 29, Inglis. Domestic battery. Bond $15,000.

  • Red Devils get kicked by Colts in Kingdom of the Sun 76-64

    The Williston Red Devil boys’ varsity basketball team played its normal aggressive and attacking defense while the North Marion Colts kept their two big men under the offensive board while avoiding any three second calls.
    Getting one rebound and put back after another, the Colts hung in the game the first half strictly from the foul line.
    The Red Devils were whistled for 14 team fouls to the Colts 6 team fouls and the Red Devils put the Colts in the bonus with six minutes remaining in the second quarter.

  • A look back at 2010 through the Williston Pioneer

    What made headlines during 2010? Here’s a look back at some of the stories that took top spot in the Williston Pioneer.
    January: Lone survivor of wreck is on road to recovery Nikole Brown decribes how it feels to be the only survivor of a car wreck that killed her two best friends. Church burglarized The Williston First United Methodist Church became the latest in a long string of churches that have been burglarized in the area. Hospital takes a turn for the better Partners Healthcare Development International (PHD) CEO Jim Full details improvements to the hospital.

  • Hey, hey it's a monkey

    Williston resident and county commissioner Danny Stevens got more than he bargained for Sunday morning when he called his 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, to look out the window at the deer knocking corn out of a backyard feeder.
    Upon closer inspection, the “deer” was standing on its hind legs and it wasn’t a deer at all–it was a monkey, specifically a Patas Monkey.
    “It was over three feet tall,” Danielle said Monday, with her father adding with its arms outstretched and standing, it was much bigger than that.

  • A bird in the wreath is like five in the house

    Work schedules  keep us from visiting our Georgia family and friends as much as we like, so after spending Thanksgiving here in Williston, we decided we were northbound for Christmas.
    As usual, the week before Christmas was a blur as I did last minute shopping (done for everyone in less than four hours), wrap said gifts, bake and create goodies, address and mail Christmas cards (no one said they had to arrive before Dec. 25) all the while holding down a full-time job.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    Reginald Ventrell Adams, 25, Chiefland, arrested Dec. 14, possession of a controlled substance and sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship. Bond $50,000.

    Haley Brianna Baker, 18, Trenton, arrested Dec. 14, armed burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. Bond $75,000.

    Matthew Brady Benson, 21, Archer, arrested Dec. 14, dealing in stolen property. Bond $50,000.

  • Local legislators reminded to keep rural counties in mind

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

    chiefland citizen

    The message was we have no money. 

    But the folks who came to the Levy County Legislative Delegation meeting on Dec. 15 had more on their mind that the state’s money woes. They asked the legislators to look out for small, rural counties that cannot do the same things as larger, urban areas.

  • Wishing you a Merry Christmas

    We three Pioneers--Debbie, Chris and Carolyn--wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. Merry Christmas!

  • Fugate resigns

    During a lengthy city council meeting Tuesday night, Norm Fugate resigned as the Williston City Attorney. See the story in Thursday's Williston Pioneer.