Today's News

  • Unemployment rates up again

    Today’s release of unemployment data for Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties shows an increase of unemployment rates, according to the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Kathryn J. Shroke, 23, of Morriston was arrested June 26 on a Gilchrist County warrant for Failure to Appear, petit theft.

    • Jeffrey Earl Stark, 45, of NE 10th Street was arrested June 24 for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, with knowledge after he was pulled over in a traffic stop for allegedly running a stop sign on W. Noble Avenue.

  • Bird will rope ‘em in New Mexico July 19

    Dillon Bird, an 11th grade student at Williston High School has earned a position on the Florida high school rodeo team and will travel to Farmington, N. Mex. July 19-25 to compete at the 61st Annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the team roping competition.

    Over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia will be featured.

    Bird and Jonathon Torrez from Marion County were the state team roping champions for the state of Florida.

  • First Catch

    Using live shiners for bait, Cassidie Persinger, 12, of Morriston caught her first fish-an 8-pound bass-from the Withlacoochee River on June 11. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Lee Ann Persinger, also of Morriston.


  • City has been supportive of WYAA

    To the editor,

    The Williston Youth Athletic Association is a nonprofit, volunteer run organization designed to provide a recreational sports program to the youth of the community. The WYAA has been providing sports programs to the community for many years. The WYAA has had a long standing relationship with the city of Williston. That relationship has contributed to the success and longevity of the programs. The WYAA averages 350 to 400 participants each season.

  • Thanks to health fair volunteers

    To the editor,

  • WES sends open letter to sheriff

    Dear Sheriff Smith:

    Words cannot begin to express the heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation I feel toward you and your generous, caring staff.

    Our 2009 safety patrol trip to Washington went off without a hitch! It was perfect! Yes, we had fabulous parental and staff support, but their job was to chaperone our patrols, who, I am proud to say, were most enthusiastic and well-behaved throughout the entire trip.

  • Justin Head is Citizen of the Year

    As an active Rotarian and president of the Williston Chamber of Commerce, Justin Head proves daily his devotion to his community.

    Friday night his efforts were rewarded when the Williston Junior Woman’s Club named him Citizen of the Year during the festivities at Horseman’s Park.

  • City will mow athletic fields

    A large contingent of board members and supporters of the Williston Youth Athletic Youth Association attended Tuesday evening’s city council meeting and dominated the meeting with their concerns about the maintenance of the Dailey-Scales sports complex.

    The discussion had been sparked by a letter to the editor that appeared in the June 18 edition of the Pioneer. Jeff Holcomb and Bob Levesque officially represented the group, while several of the parents in the audience also spoke.

  • Woman charged with disrupting church service

    A Bronson woman was arrested June 28 when she allegedly slapped a fellow church member during service.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Lucinda Mongo, 47, initiated a verbal altercation with another woman at Church of God by Faith at 360 Glover St., Bronson. When the woman told her she did not want to speak with her, Mongo slapped her hand.

    The victim told the deputy that she was so upset that she left the service. Several witnesses completed sworn statements regarding the incident.