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Today's News

  • Editorial

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Spring Hill), in one of her final acts as the U.S. Congressman for the 5th District of Florida, showed complete disrespect for the people who elected her.

    By manipulating the process, she took it upon herself to appoint her successor.

    We are deeply disappointed.

  • It's my anniversary

    A year ago last week I stepped into a long lineage of newspaper editors who, for the past 130 years, were dedicated to the people of Williston and the surrounding community.

    It was a daunting responsibility–just knowing that one day in the annals of history, my name would be included as editor of Levy County’s oldest newspaper. It was, and is, something I take seriously–and pridefully.

    Of all the towns and communities in Levy County, Williston was one I was not familiar with, ranking closely behind Inglis and Yankeetown.

  • WMS calls for parents of rising sixth graders

    Attention to Parents of Rising Sixth Graders:

    Williston Middle School is excitedly anticipating your child transitioning from fifth grade to sixth grade. Our desire is to make the transition a smooth one and positive academic growth and low anxiety. We believe the key to making this a reality for your child and your family includes having information about WMS and getting answers to your questions. To facilitate this we have scheduled the following dates of orientation:

  • City power users can now budget better

    The Williston city council devoted most of its Tuesday evening meeting to a discussion of utility rates and billing procedures, and much of it is good news for the consumer.

    Finance director Mary Barsenas told council that she had been working with Progress Energy (from whom the city gets its electrical power) to mitigate the spikes in the power adjustment that often result from abnormal cold or hot spells during the year. Adjustments charged to the city by Progress Energy are passed on monthly to the consumer.

  • You call call but I may not answer

    I despise telephones. I always have. Oh, sure there was a time in my youth when Iee^could talk for an hour (what my father allowed) with some silly boy I was crushing on. But I never was one to just pick up the phone to call someone and chat.

    Iee^much preferred then–as I do now–looking someone face to face when I speak with them. You can gauge so much from someone’s body language and eyes that just aren’t possible via a telephone conversation.

  • Community Happenings

    Sunday, May 23

    Writing Workshop

    “How to Make a Living Freelance Writing,” will be presented by writer, editor and publisher Rick Sapp, Sunday, May 23, 2:30 p.m. at Millhopper Branch, Alachua County Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. The free event is sponsored by Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

    Tuesday, June 1

    Jazz Concert

  • Sheriff's Report

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

    Megan Leila Oaks, 22, of Homosassa was arrested May 14 and charged with Violation of Probation (VOP) petit theft. No bond.

    Gregory A. Moody, 31, of Williston was charged May 13 with VOP fleeing/elude high speed chase. No bond.

    Jose Manuel Sambo, 38, of Williston was charged May 12 with fraud-false statement to obtain workman’s compensation. Bond was $10,000.

    James Christian Collier, 20, of Inglis was charged May 11 with affray. He was released on his own recognizance.

  • Spring Class is Friday night

    It’s called Spring Football practice, but dressed out in full pads, it is more like sauna practice as the temperatures soar into the 90s.

    “We are just going through some basic defensive and offensive plays to see who wants to play football,” said returning Red Devil Head Coach Jamie Baker.

    The Red Devils football team has once again been enduring the unexpected heat wave as they began their annual spring practice May 1.

  • U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of re-election race

    U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has dropped out of her GOP primary campaign to seek re-election citing health reasons and endorsed Hernando County Sheriff Richard B. Nugent in the race for the 5th Congressional District.

    Brown-Waite's Washington, D.C., office confirmed the email sent out this morning was authentic and that the congresswoman would serve out her term until January 2011.

    Brown-Waite's office issued the following statements by the two.

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

  • The Williston Pioneer is off to press

    What's in this week's edition:

    Miss Florida visits the Williston School of Dance

    Community honors retiring Robert Philpot.

    Disaster drill takes place in Williston.

    City council tackles power bills–again.

    Juveniles charged with felonies.

    Editor Carolyn Risner Ten Broeck writes about the evil cell phone.