Today's News

  • County budget needs to diet

    The Levy County Commission on Tuesday asked the Sheriff’s Office and any department that has not cut its budget to go back to the drawing board and pare their requests.

  • City budget will be helped by ‘retiring out’, including police chief

    The revised budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year has been approved, and it looks like the city of Williston can breathe a little easier.

    While the city still struggles with numerous years of coming up in the red, several offices of the city will see an increase in funding and assets.

    With the payoff of one of the "pumper trucks" in addition to new bonuses for volunteer fire fighters, the city fire department brought down its budget overhead by over $9,000. Debt for the water department also came down by $1,000.

  • Road closed for crossing replacement

    The railroad crossing on State Road (S.R.) 500/U.S. 27 just west of Southeast Eighth Street in Williston is scheduled to be replaced and will close the road for two days next week, according to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    The closure is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 and be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, July 30, barring any unforeseen conditions including rainy weather.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Andrew Robert Mayes, 26, Williston, arrested July 13, grand theft auto. Bond Cameron • James Sheets, 22, Gainesville, arrested July 17, disorderly intoxication. Released on own recognizance.

    • Charles R. Smith, 31, Archer, arrested July 17, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. Bond $15,000.

    • Kenneth Wade Thrasher, 37, Fort Denaud, arrested July 15, Violation of Probation (VOP) felon with a handgun, ammunition. No bond.

  • Community Happenings

    Thursday, July 29


    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, July 29 at 6 p.m. at the  Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson

    The meeting is open to the public.

    Sunday, Aug. 1

    Poley Reunion

    The Grandpa Poley Reunion will be Sunday, Aug. 1 all day at the Levy County Quilt Musem. Lunch will be served at noon. Please bring food to share.

    If you play music, bring your instruments and join in the fun.

  • How is your summer going?

    The Williston Pioneer is looking for pictures of what you’re doing this summer. E-mail your photos to editor@willistonpioneer.com or bring them by our office at 37 S. Main St.

    Photos of you enjoying summer will be printed in the Aug. 12 edition.

  • Riverdance master teaches in Williston

    On July 1-2, Williston School of Dance hosted its most prestigious workshop master class to date, as Michael Patrick Gallagher flew in for eight hours of master Irish dance instruction.

    Gallagher is a two-time World Champion Irish dancer as well as a longtime “Riverdance” lead.

    Gallagher hails from County Donegal, Ireland, and currently resides in Arizona. The school made his acquaintance several years ago when artistic director Sarah Ingley and her son used to travel to Gallagher’s workshops in Georgia.

  • Company looks to Williston for future

    Hoseline Inc., one of only three companies that manufactures air conditioning and heating units for emergency vehicles and handcart units used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, took a step toward their long-range goal of moving to Williston.

    The family-owned company’s request for a change in the Levy County Future Land Use Plan for 10.58 acres on County Road 316 and U.S. Highway 27 was approved last week by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners.

  • County looks for budget slice

    No one asked Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith about the 3 percent pay raise he gave deputies in May when he spoke at the Levy Board of County Commissioners’ budget workshop on Monday.

    When Smith mentioned it, he was told how he spends money budgeted by the commissioners is up to him. He was also told to cut his request down by 5 percent from this year’s funding.

  • Letter to the the editor

    To the editor:

    As electronics improve (shrink) new technologies abound and one of the most recent is something called a credit card skimmer.

    A skimmer is a small, electronic credit card reader similar to the ones at ATM’s and gas pumps. In fact they are formed with the express purpose of fitting over legitimate card readers to accumulate credit card numbers in their memory.