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Today's News

  • Mr. and Mrs. Joe Crane to celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

      Joe and Lois Crane of Williston will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 29.
    The couple was married Sept. 29, 1950. They are members of the First Methodist Church of Williston and have four children Linda Parrish, Joey Crane, Julie Crane and Lori Brown.

  • Get ready to rodeo this weekend

    By Poppy Moe
    Special to the Pioneer
    Every year the rodeo is different: different contestants, different livestock and different entertainment.
    We are always glad to see our regular favorite cowboys and cowgirls return to Williston for the Annual Rodeo, but it is never the same.
    A common question is, “What can we expect when we come to the Rodeo?''
     The answer is “Expect the unexpected!”

  • Iron Man

       George Munsell will tell you he  was born in Miami in 1939 then he’ll fast-forward to the time, 14 years later, when he would deliver papers on his bicycle then stop at the liquor store to get the coins he was paid with turned into bills.  
       One day the liquor storeowner told George’s dad, “I’m going to make that boy a jockey when he’s 16.”  His dad was fine with the idea.

  • McCormick tapped for FFA Hall of Fame

      Fenwick D. “Mac” McCormick, Williston High School graduate and former agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at his alma mater, will be inducted into Florida FFA’s Hall of Fame during an Oct. 4 ceremony in Haines City.
       McCormick joins four other inductees who are being honored for their contributions in making Florida FFA one of the premier youth leadership organizations in the United States.

  • Hastings says district cannot meet state goal

       During his closing remarks at Tuesday's School Board of Levy County meeting, Superintendent Bob Hastings voiced his support for changing the state's class-size amendment.
       Hastings said that there was "no way" the district could meet the amendment's requirements this year, which means the state could impose penalties that could total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    "There's no way we're going to meet it 100 percent," Hastings said. "One size does not fit all."

  • Child Safety Day is Saturday

       The Ornan Masonic Lodge in cooperation with the Williston Police and Fire Departments, Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids of North Central Florida will be on hand helping to make our community safe place for children during Child Safety Day, Saturday, Sept. 25.
          Food, games, live entertainment by Southbound featuring Natalie Green and the Magic Man are planned. Every family that participates will receive a FREE Child ID kit, which unlike any other Child ID kit can be updated every year as your child grows and changes.

  • School Board overturns automatic pay increases

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously voted on Tuesday to change the language of the school district’s contract with the Levy County Education Association, altering the language so that automatic salary step increases for teachers and employees will now be negotiated annually between the parties.
    Both sides argued their cases before the board during an impasse hearing at the School Board’s offices in Bronson. The decision alters an agreement that has been in place for 30 years in the school district.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Juan Vianney Huerta-Alonso, 29, Bronson, arrested Sept. 18, no driver’s license. Released on own recognizance.
    •Jena Marie Hindsley, 22, Old Town, arrested Sept. 17, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR). Released on own recognizance.
    •Shannon Evelyn White, 34, Fanning Springs, arrested Sept. 17, Violation of Probation (VOP) larceny,  VOP criminal mischief and VOP resisting  without violence. Bond $3,000.

  • Purple pinkie arrives in Williston

       Williston Rotary Club members received the challenge to have purple pinkies Tuesday when Lake City Rotarian John Wheeler spoke to the club about eliminating polio around the world.

       Once pandemic, polio is thisclose to be eradicated and Rotary has taken on the project to ensure it is in most of our live times.

       Today, the disease, which affects the nervous system and causes paralysis, originates in four countries: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Nigeria.

  • Council splits 3-2 to keep city attorney

    Ancient history was resurrected Tuesday night as City Attorney Norm Fugate spent most of the Williston Council meeting defending his role as the city’s legal counsel.

    Fugate’s presentation came on the heels of a memo drafted to council members by Councilman Michael Shoemaker and dated Sept. 8 in which Shoemaker alleged that Fugate did not understand contract law and may not be acting in the best interest of the city.