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Today's News

  • Williston's Eddie Hodge honored by Florida Forestry

    TALLAHASSEE-The Florida Forestry Association recognized Eddie Hodge of Williston Timber Co. as Florida's Logger of the Year at its 2014 Annual Meeting.

    Hodge launched Williston Timber Co., Inc., in 1977 with his brother Johnny Hodge. The family also opened Derby Gold, a pine shavings and pellet mill, in 2000.

    "lt is my hope that as an overall industry we will recognize the value of the logger and work together to make this industry sustainable. lt is an honorable life," Hodge said.

  • New supervisor's dreams for Williston Airport soar

    Wayne Middleton likes aviation and for most of his life has worked in and around airports.

    In September, Middleton filled the big shoes of Joe Ball, who retired after 15 years as the supervisor of the Williston Airport.

    A native of South Florida, Middleton and his wife, Bridget–a professor at Santa Fe College–have lived in Williston for over 10 years. His new position at the airport is his first employment stint at home, and he’s already loving his five-minute commute.

  • Bicyclist killed on U.S. 41

    A bicyclist was killed just before midnight Saturday after he was struck by a Jeep on U.S. 41, south of Williston.

    Oscar Alfredo Jeronimo Sic, 23, of Williston was traveling south on U.S. 41 in the center of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Robert Carl Kinsey, 53, of Morriston was behind the bicycle, traveling 50-55 mph. Behind Kinsey – at about 200 feet– were John Paul Linnell, 36, of Ocala driving a 2001 Hyundai Elantra and Samuel Antonio White, 48, of Tampa driving a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Faith Bigger Than Fear

     

    If it weren’t for the gauze pressure bandage around her knee, you’d never know that Morriston’s Paige Douglas is in a fight for her life.

  • Committed to quality

     

    Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati said what makes him different from the last four people who vowed to bring back the hospital in Williston from the brink of disaster is his commitment to bringing quality health care to all people–regardless of income, social status or race.

  • 100 Years of Service

    Everyone loves a birthday party, especially if there's cake and ice cream, and this week the Williston Woman's Club threw itself a Centennial Celebration that drew laughter, tears and 100 years of memories.

    A full house was treated to words of inspiration from Ann Burch, a catered luncheon and a fashion show that featured vintage clothing from 1914 to 1980, presented by Johanna Krohn and the Taylor Girls Fashion Shows.

  • The family cookbook holds treasures from the past

     Many people learn to cook by watching and helping a more experienced cook. Today that is enhanced by a myriad of cooking shows–(food even has its own network!), seaching the Internet, buying scores of magazines and occasionally even reading a cookbook.

  • Ground broken for new school

     

    If the walls could talk, they would tell stories of romance, tales of adventure, fears of the unknown, unspeakable sorrows and dreams of the future.

    For more than 80 years, the walls of Williston High School have heard just about everything–most things repeated many times over.

  • Mustang owners, lovers wanted

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of the debut of the Ford Mustang, the Williston Pioneer is seeking individuals in the greater Williston area who own a Mustang at least 20 years or older, or who have owned Mustangs during their life.

    Ford unveiled the Mustang in April 1964. If you have a story to share and pictures and you would be willing to share your love of Mustangs, email editor@willistonpioneer.com with your contact information.

  • Williston man fatally shot; sheriff turns to public for info

    A shooting that left a Williston man dead last Saturday is still under investigation as authorities look to the public for information on who pulled the trigger that killed Leo Rives, 31.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in around 10:20 p.m. July 5. The caller reported a suspicious vehicle and a possible shooting.

    Deputies and officers from the Williston Police Department responded to the scene at the intersection of NE 218 Avenue and NE 35 Street, east of the city.