Today's News

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • David H. Darling, 21, of Fanning Springs, was arrested Dec. 14 and charged with home invasion. Bond was $50,000.

    • Dytrona Lewis Harvey, 29, of Ocala, was charged Dec. 14 with three counts sale of a controlled substance and three counts possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $145,000.

    • Tavaris Linell Hill, 31, of Williston was charged with violation of probation (VOP)–DUI on Dec. 18. Bond was $10,000.

  • Robbery suspects sought

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Williston Police Depatment are investigating an armed robbery that took place Dec. 18 in East Williston.

    The victim reported that he had just been paid and then robbed at gunpoint after he gave an unknown man a ride.

    When the two arrived in the 4500 block of NE 210 Avenue, the suspect took the victim’s cell phone and made a phone call.  A short time later another black male walked out of the woods armed with a gun and robbed the victim at   gun point of an undisclosed amount of money. 

  • Red Devils win tourney opener

    The Williston Red Devils, playing in the Kiwanis Christmas Tournament at Bradford High School Dec. 21, stunned the visiting 5A Camden Wildcats from Georgia 84-61.

    The Red Devils and the Wildcats played even for the first eight minutes as the first quarter ended in a 16-16 even game.

    The Red Devils came out to start the second quarter and absolutely took the Wildcats to task as they went on a 15-0 run, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the first four minutes of the second quarter taking a 31-16 lead.

  • Red Devils stick it to Celtics 54-47

    You just never know from one game to the next, which talented player will answer the call for the Red Devils.

    On Dec. 18, the Red Devils played their first home court game of the season as they hosted the Trinity Catholic Celtics.

    The Junior Varsity game was cancelled by Trinity, and those fans arriving early had an extended wait for the 7:30 p.m. varsity game to start. But it was well worth the wait for Red Devil fans as they watched their team come from behind in the fourth quarter to down the Celtics 54-47.

  • Williston to play Monday in tourney

    The Williston Red Devils will travel to Ocala Monday

    for tournament action in the Kingdom of the Sun Holiday tournament.

    The Red Devils take on North Marion at 6:30 p.m. at Vanguard High School. The finals of the tournament conclude with the championship game at 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

  • 40 years of cooking

    Since 1969 Ethel Penny has been feeding the patients and staff at Nature Coast Hospital.

    Last week the tables turned and someone provided refreshments for her to honor her 40 years of service and dedication.

    Penny, a Raleigh resident, heard of the job opening from a friend, and since she had some restaurant experience, she applied.

    The rest is, as they say, history, as she worked her way up from an aide to a cook and even a manager–a position she held for 10 years.

  • Baskets on Parade now at Williston Library

    The Williston Public Library is now splendidly arrayed with beautiful Christmas Baskets parading on every available surface to encourage silent bidding for them and their contents.

    Friends of the Williston Public Library set out 29 baskets Monday and they will stay on display until Saturday, Dec. 12, the day of the annual Christmas Open House. The silent bids will be opened at 2 p.m. that day and the baskets will be awarded to the highest bidder.

  • What was your most memorable Christmas?

    The Williston Pioneer wants you to share with our readers the most memorable Christmas you’ve had. In 100 words or less, tell us about a Christmas that you will never forget.

    Send your Christmas story by e-mail to editor@willistonpioneer.com or you can mail it or b ring it to our office at 37 South Main St., Suite F Williston, FLee^32696. Include a photo if you like.

    No submissions will be accepted after 5 p.m. Dec. 18.

  • New bridges were never meant to be

     A mistake by the Florida Department of Transportation Disctrict 2 office means Cedar Key will not get three promised bridge replacements.

    The October announcement that four bridges would be replaced be the Florida DOT was a mistake, said Gina Busscher, Public Information Director for DOT district 2.

  • Red Devils win in OT

    After holding on Friday night at Santa Fe for a 10-point district win, the Williston Red Devils were matched against a very good Ridgewood team from New Port Richey at the 9th Annual Tim Binkley Basketball Classic hosted by North Marion High School Saturday afternoon Dec. 12.

    Coach Steve Faulkner said before the game, "I hope our players’ legs hold up for this one."