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Today's News

  • Late Williston Highlands tourney official honored

    A crowd of family, friends and tournament golfers gathered at Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club last Saturday to see one of their own, the late Alton Geiger, honored.

    Geiger's wife Becky was presented a plaque by W.D. Hinkle of Wildwood.

    The weekend event was the 40th annual Bob Mixon tournament, named after the club's first pro.

    Hinkle has been responsible over the years for the advancement of the tournament.

  • Man arrested after ATV chase

    A Morriston man was arrested after he allegedly sped away from a traffic stop while driving his ATV.

  • Altercation with machete brings two arrests

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

  • Safety first: Don't throw candy

    Elsewhere in today's paper you'll find a cautionary note from the city, urging parents to protect their children at the parade. Children often run out into the street to get their hands on thrown candy.

    I have a better idea - don't throw candy at all.

    During recent parades, it was noted that some organizations have people walk alongside the floats and give away the candy rather than throw it. That's the way it should be done, but only by adults, for reasons you will read below.

  • Pilot avoids disaster by aborting takeoff

    A small plane attempting to take off was severely damaged at the Williston Airport last Friday, when a fire erupted from both wheels.

    According to the Williston Police Dept., the plane's trainee pilot, who was not identified, heard an unusual noise from the door and decided to abort his takeoff. After he entered a second runway, flames erupted from his right wheel.

    Airport employees knocked down the flames until Williston Fire Rescue arrived and extinguished the fire.

  • No opposition for four incumbents

    Qualifying for this year's elections has ended, and four Levy County candidates find themselves elected without opposition.

    Tax Collector Linda Fugate, Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell, and School Board members Beth Davis and Paige Brookins each failed to draw an opponent.

  • City, police begin negotiations

    By Pat Hibbs

    For the Pioneer

    City of Williston labor negotiators sat down last week with their counterparts from the Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents the sworn officers of the Williston Police Department.

    Cpl. Kevin Sheppard and Sgt. Matthew Fortney represented the union, along with Clyde Jordan, a PBA staff representative from Tallahassee. Investigator James Bond and Officer Eliza Kolak also attended.

  • Upcoming events

    Scouts to hold

    final car wash

    Boy Scout Troop 163 of the First United Methodist Church in Williston will be holding its final car wash of the summer, trying to raise money to help offset the cost of fuel for its annual summer camp. This year 17 boys are going to Camp Rainey Mountain in Clayton, Ga. The cost of diesel fuel for the bus will be about $1,000. This is an enormous cost for such a small troop.

  • Rotary holds installation banquet

    The Rotary Club of Williston held its annual Officer Installation Banquet on Friday, June 20 at the Williston Womans Club. The event was well attended by Rotarians, area business and government leaders, as well as many local political candidates.

  • Wild observations

    esterday, which happened to be June 14th, I picked blackberries in the wood next door. Blackberries are not all made equal, and some varieties that grow in our area produce larger fruit than others. I know this from observation. Some of the berries I picked were about an inch long. I look for the largest fruit, because then my container fills quicker. Large is not the only criteria. I also look for ripe berries, but not too ripe. They should be easily taken from the stem and a nice shiny blue black color.