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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Boy dies after nighttime ATV accident

    A Williston boy who would have turned 4 next month died last week in an ATV accident north of Williston.

    Aaron Donald Ford, known as Peanut, who was born Nov. 8, 2004, died when an ATV driven by Michael J. Hoolihan, 51, drove into a rock pit filled with water, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on private property at 5550 N.E. State Road 121, about a mile north of Williston, at about 10 p.m.

  • Upcoming events

    Canine Play Day

    to be Saturday

    A Monster Canine Play Day, a fund-raiser for the Williston Animal Group, will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trained Dog Happy Dog, 8575 N.W. 150th Ave., Morriston, which will include lure coursing, costume contest, best cookie catcher, raffle, prizes, fastest treat eater and an auction.

    All proceeds benefit WAG. For information call 528-3828.

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  • Peace and disruption

    Some days in early fall when being in the sun will actually feel good can be so peaceful. One such day I watched the neighbor's horse - I call her "Black Beauty" because of her charcoal gray coat and white mark on her forehead - relaxing in the sun. She lay flat on what was probably warm dirt and grass. She stayed that way so long I began to worry, but then I saw her head lift, and soon after, "Black Beauty" got to her feet and shook dust from her coat.