Today's News

  • Reason to Relay

    For the last 15 years, it has been my custom to focus on the survivors of cancer as a way to promote the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fund-raiser.

    The first time I did it was in April 1996 and it was my first assignment at a new newspaper.

    The survivor was Miranda Fleming, then about 30 who had survived Hodgkin’s Disease, or cancer of the lymph nodes when she was about 20.

    Little did I know that only five months later, my son, Nick, just three months shy of his 12th birthday would receive the same diagnosis.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Why has the city of Williston decided to enforce a 2002 ordinance without notifying residents.  We were verbally informed when we paid our utility bills that we could no longer pay 80 percent and there was some publicity.  This was bad enough considering our unusually cold winter causing increased heating costs. 

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    While reading the Pioneer about the last council meeting something caught my eye that I can’t let go by without making a comment and that is about the city attorney’s contract.

    One of the comments was Mr. Fugate’s contract was “lifetime”– not true. Because if it was then the council would not vote on the contract on an annual basis would it?

    According to the article the council wanted “a Board certified attorney in the city, ccounty and local government.”

  • Legal free rides

    One of the most frustrating parts of making laws is the ability of lawmakers to tack on completely unrelated amendments to a bill. Consumer protection became the law of the land in February, and riding along on that bill’s coattails was an amendment that spells disaster in my personal life. It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with feeling safe in our National Parks.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I attended the Levy County Commission meeting on April 6 and all I can say is shame on three of our county commissioners.

    The residents of South Levy County, have always felt under-represented until Gov. Crist appointed Commissioner [Marsha] Drew to the board. Since being in office, she has tried to address the needs of her constituents, but has been blocked by the power struggle taking place on the board.

  • Community Events

    Friday, April 16

    Benefit Golf Tourney

    The Chad Reed Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Chiefland Golf & Country Club Friday, April 16.

    The first flight check-in will be at 7:45 a.m.

    For more information, call Stacey at 352-542-3181 or 352-262-4081.

    Saturday, April 17

    Fun Run

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    Ronald Webster Cannon, 30, of Chiefland was arrested for burglary of a residence, two counts grand theft and burglary/conveyance April 7. Bond was $40,000.

    Jason Earl Solomon, 30, of Crystal River was arrested April 9 with VOP for burglary of a dwelling and VOP grand theft. No bond.

    Ronald Howard Housekeeper, 36, of Chiefland was arrested April 9 for VOP weapons and possession of a deer. No bond.

    Sean Stacy Abbott, 42, of Bronson was charged with battery April 10.

  • Williston police reports

    Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    Michael Wayne Puckett, 21, of Williston was charged April 9 with felony battery.

    L. Shaun Williams, 29, of Florida City was arrested on a Miami-Dade County warrant for battery April 10.

    Willie Sherman, 19, of Williston was charged with resisting arrest without violence April 6.

    Keith Antonio Manning, 40, of Orange Lake was charged with possession of marijuana during a traffic stop April 11.

    Michael W. Holland, 60, of Williston was charged with domestic battery April 10.

  • Wife accidentally shoots husband on hunting trip

    A Bronson man was injured in an incident Sunday when he and his wife were hunting turkey.

    Arthur T. Conquest, 39, was shot in the shoulder at the McGee Branch Hunt Club, off County Road 343, near Bronson at approximately 8:15 a.m.

    Conquest and his wife, Lori Lee Conquest, 42, were walking back to their vehicle after turkey hunting, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. She was approximately four feet behind her husband.

  • If you will build it, they will come

    Four Williston young men are facing a daunting task–but they’re confidant that with community support their dream can become a reality.

    Led by Robert Jones, Wesley Rizer, Sean Hicks and Calvin Root are determined to see Williston youth have a recreation center that can be used now and in the future.

    The four meet at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints each Wednesday to play basketball, and when others heard, they came too.