Today's News

  • Yearty, Parker trial begins Monday

    Levy County Commisioners Sammy Yearty of Gulf Hammock and Anthony “Tony” Parker of Bronson were on top of the world just a little over a year ago. Both had been re-elected — Yearty handily and Parker in an 88-vote squeaker.

    The next day, Yearty was in federal court accused in an unsealed federal indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes in return for using his position on behalf of a fictitious company, Gideon Development and the developer, an undercover agent who went by the name “Sean Michaels,” and of lying to federal investigators.

  • Up in Flames

    Kathryn Mauldin watched her house burn to rubble on Nov. 17.

    “It feels like a burden is lifted off my shoulders,” she said.

    Mauldin donated her termite-infested home, on the corner of Northeast First Street and First Avenue, to the Williston Fire Department for training.

    The fire department, which eventually burned the house completely to the ground, used Mauldin’s home to practice different scenarios including a live training burn, said Danny Wallace, the public information officer of the Williston Fire Department.

  • Ten Commandments going up in a month

    The Levy County Commission has approved the construction of a Ten Commandments monument on the County Courthouse forum between the courts building and the annex.

    The approval came during the commission’s regular meeting on Nov. 17.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    Are there people who live in Williston who don’t know we have a county dump for trash and garbage?

    Last week we had a slaughtered(back strap removed) wild hog left in the middle of our dirt road to rot and today a sofa, tires, buckets and other household items.

    Further down the  road we have a large pile of dirt that has been dumped that the county will not spread out when they grade.

  • Celebrate 130 years with us

    Only in our print edition, a look back at our community and the newspaper that watched it evolve. A definite keepsake–buy yours today. On sale Wednesday.

  • Red Devils end season with roust by Bolles

    Take nothing away from the good season the Red Devils finished Friday night at The Bolles School in Jacksonville. They had a very good season.

    Take away the three losses to private schools and they were 7-1 against public schools.

    The Red Devils finished with a 7-4 season record, also winning the tie breaker games to finish as district runner up to private school, Trinity Catholic.

  • Man charged with lewd and lascivious molestation

    A Williston man, who deputies say is not a United States resident, has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a two-year-old while his girl friend was charged with neglect of a child.

    Alexander Merida, 32, and Christina Morales, 28, were arrested Nov. 20 after an investigator with the Department of Children and Families was called to their residents on NE 48 Street.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    Dean Martin Littlefield, 38, of Silver Springs was charged on two VOP warrants for less than 20 grams of marijua-

    na and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $10,000.

    Jose Javier Ibarra-Correa, 25, of Bronson was charged with no driver’s license. Bond was $5,000.

    Chad Floyd Jeter, 30, of Atmore was charged with first degree robbery on an Alabama warrant. Bond was $250,000.

    Jeffrey Vernon Coleman, 18, of Gainesville was arrested on a VOP warrant for possession of cannabis with the intent to sell. No bond.

  • What are you thankful for?

    The latest suggested post on Facebook is for the days leading up to Thanksgiving to post something you are thankful for as your status.

    We’re not Facebook at the Williston Pioneer, but we do want to know what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving–and every day.

    We are inviting readers to submit their attitude of grateful hearts for inclusion in our Thanksgiving issue that publishes Nov. 25.

    In 50 words or less, tell us what you appreciate.

  • WMS students named to honor roll

    A/B Honor Roll 1st 9 weeks