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Today's News

  • Third commission seat to be on fall ballot

     The pending November resignation of Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland means voters will have the opportunity to choose his replacement, Gov. Charlie Crist's office confirmed on Wednesday evening.

    Johnson, who was appointed by Crist in late July 2009, recently announced he would be seeking the District 2 seat now held by Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland. Johnson's family is building a new home in District 2. At the time of the announcement, he sent Crist his resignation effective on Nov. 16 — two weeks after the general election.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    Ryan W. Truillard, 24, of Ocala was charged March 19 with Violation of Probation (VOP) battery. No bond.

    Danielle Shante, 21, of Williston was charged March 18 with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence. Bond was $1,000.

    Carlos McKinley Green, 26, of Bronson was charged March 17 with four counts possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and three counts sale of cannabis. Bond was $60,000.

  • A Williston Pioneer Editorial

    Two weeks ago more than 150 people from all walks of life, all faiths, all ages and all colors came together to help out an Eagle Scout candidate while cleaning the cemetery at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church located on Hwy. 318.

    In short order, tons of debris was removed and the burial spaces cleared to showcase the final resting place of many of this town’s loved ones.

    There are many projects that could benefit from the joint effort of the community’s residents. Anything is possible when we all work together for good.

  • A Williston Pioneer Editorial

    They’re young and their dreams are lofty but the four men who want to spearhead a drive to build a recreation center in Williston are dead on the money.

    We do need such a facility–one with a gym or multi-purpose room, a study center and a lounge. Our young people need somewhere to hang out that’s safe and local.

  • Council amends zoning ordinance

    Addressing the only subject on Tuesday evening’s agenda, the city council made a significant change to a zoning regulation which they had approved, albeit reluctantly, on its first reading.

  • Three accidents claim two lives

    Two Morriston men were killed in unrelated automobile accidents over the weekend.

    Details have not been released by the Florida Highway Patrol on the wreck that claimed the life of Delonte Reese, 20. Reese was killed around 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Hwy. 41 and 21st Place.

  • Bell, Johnson to vie for same commission seat

    The political season started this week with the Tuesday announcement by Levy County Commissioner Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson of Chiefland that he is resigning his appointment to the District 1 seat to seek the District 2 seat held by Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland.

    Both have filed for the office according to a list of candidates released by the Levy County Supervisor of Elections office.

  • Community Happenings

    Thursday, March 18

    Williston FOL

    The Friends of the Williston Public Library will present the March program March 18 at 7 p.m. at the library.

    The retired principal of local schools, Reggie Williams, will show slides of his daughter's wedding in Africa.

    Saturday, March 20

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Williston Rotary Club will host its annual Easter Egg hunt Saturday, March 20 beginning at 11 a.m. at John Henry Park.

    Band Car Wash

  • Relay for Life Fund-raisers

    With the Relay for Life approaching quickly, teams are scheduling more and more events and fund-raisers.

    Horeshoe Tournament

    The Williston Church of God will host a Horseshoe Tournament at the Johnny T. Henry Celebration Park on 4th Street in Williston at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 20th. Two person teams will play in a double elimination tourney, with trophies awarded for Grand and Reserve Champion teams.

    The entry fee, which includes a meal, is $40 prior to the event, and $50 on the day of the event. If you have no partner, you can be matched with one.

  • Planes collide outside Williston; three dead

    Two airplanes collided Saturday around 11: 45 a.m., leaving three people dead.

    Lee Hanley Sentman III, 73, of Summerfield, the pilot of an experimental plane died after the aircraft collided mid-air with a Piper 32 that had left the Williston Airport.

    The Piper was engulfed in flames when emergency workers arrived and two bodies were found in the plane.

    The names of those in the Piper have not been identified at this point.

    Read the full story this week in the Pioneer.