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Today's News

  • Williston opens district play with big win

    DUNNELLON - Speed kills, again.

    Even the Dunnellon football announcer commented that when the Williston Red Devils turned the corner outside, they weren't going to be caught.

    That became obvious quickly as Williston opened its district schedule last Friday with a 41-31 win over the Tigers that wasn't as close as the score indicated.

    The win left Williston with a 4-2 record this season and, more importantly, a 1-0 mark in the district.

  • Runners prepare for county meet

    CEDAR KEY -- In cross country, there are hills, and then there are hills. Cedar Key just has the former, but the Shark varsity boys and girls say that year round practice on two stretches - the spot near the museum and the hot, lonely stretch of Gulf Boulevard by the cemetery - may put them in good shape for the most brutal course of the year - Mount Dora.

    Cedar Key runners are already looking ahead to districts, because of the reactions their home course got from both local runners and visitors alike in Thursday's Cedar Key Invitational.

  • Bronson falls to Lopez

    Bronson slid to .500 while playing their best football yet. Now 3-3, the Eagles dueled Daytona's Father Lopez to a standstill before falling 27-21 in overtime. This, against a team that clobbered them 56-12 last year.

    "We grew up a little today," said Bronson head coach Al Cooksey. "With so much losing behind us, we have to build a culture where we expect to win."

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has announced the following arrests:

    Matt Wilson, 44, of Oak Avenue Bronson, and Marty Wilson, 42, of the same address, were charged with dealing in stolen property and grand theft auto after officials recovered a travel trailer that had been stolen from Bronson.

    Bond was set at $25,000 each.

    Stephanie Fawn Rizer, 34, of Old Town, whose occupation was listed as a corrections officer, was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked and violation of restriction after she was stopped in Bronson. Bond was set at $1,000.

  • Drug task force arrests pair

    The Levy County Drug Task Force announced more arrests in the Williston area.

    Jethro Herbert White Jr., 21, of Northeast 40th Street, Williston, was charged with three counts of possession of crack cocaine, three counts of sale of crack cocaine and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after alleged purchases by a confidential source.

    His total bond was set at $75,000.

  • Statistics show it's safer in Williston

    Crime is up in Levy County, statistics show, but not in the city of Williston.

    Uniform crime statistics released by the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement on Tuesday showed that the crime rate in Williston dropped 15.2 percent in the first six months of 2008. In Levy County, that same statistic climbed 42.5 percent.

    According to Williston Police Chief Dan Davis, the Levy figure was the third highest increase in the state.

  • Another scam to be careful about

    Beware the 809 area code.

    Every once in a while we have to warn you about scams that come across your e-mail.

    One which resurfaced recently was the 809 area code scam.

    To put it simply, don't call anyone in the area code 809, unless it's someone you know, even if you've been told via e-mail that you've won something, or some other good news.

    You'll be charged some fantastic rate per minute on your phone bill, and of course the people who have that number, which is in the islands, reap the profits.

    So be smart. Don't call people you don't know.

  • Thanks from the Peanut Festival

    Editor:

    On behalf of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce I would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Williston and the many people who helped to make the 20th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival an overwhelming success.

    A sincere thank you to the Williston Pioneer and its staff for their wonderful support and coverage once again.

  • Why I'll vote against Amendment 2

    Editor:

    What is more important? The definition of a marriage or the realities of real families? The second part of Amendment 2: " NO OTHER LEGAL UNION that is treated as marriage or the SUBSTANTIAL EQUIVALIENT thereof shall be valid or recognized" will be very detrimental to families, many with children, involving unmarried straight couples.

    Many senior citizens cannot remarry without losing their deceased spouse's pension and social security benefits. But they do want a partner to share expenses, relieve the loneliness or be a companion.

  • City Manager interviews set

    The remaining field of five candidates for the Williston city manager position will be interviewed on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the City Council chambers, beginning at 1 p.m. Each candidate is allocated an hour. The interviews are open to the public.

    Three of the eight chosen for personal interviews, Jim Gallagher of Winter Haven, Robert Mearns of Fort Walton Beach, and H. Blake Proctor of Fairmont, N.C., have withdrawn their names from consideration.