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Today's News

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Department has announced the following arrests:

    Roy T. Rutlin, 45, of Southeast Fourth Drive, Williston, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and was also arrested on a felony warrant from Levy County for forgery, fraud (false name to law enforcement officer), driving while licenses suspended or revoked as a habitual traffic offender.

  • Time to honor your mother

    When I was a young boy, about 7 or so, my grandmother died. She was my mother's mother, and also my aunt's mother. My aunt lived across the street, so our families were quite close.

    About that time, there was a popular song on the radio called My Heart Cries for You. I believe the singer was Guy Mitchell, who a few years later would have the big hit, Singing the Blues.

  • Williston moves ahead on new City Hall

    At its Tuesday evening meeting, City Council gave its approval to moving forward with two significant ongoing projects: the purchase of a new city hall and the installation of traffic light monitors to detect red-light runners.

  • Horse killed; California trip stalled

    HIGH SPRINGS - A man whose fund-raising quest was to travel from Williston to California in a wagon behind two horses ended tragically in High Springs when one of his horses died early Thursday, May 1, after being hit by a car.

    Rodney Burnett, 51, left Williston earlier in the week with much fanfare. He had planned on taking a trip all the way to the Pacific Ocean, raising money along the way for Ladder H Farms, an organization that, once it had enough money, would provide therapeutic experiences for disabled people through the use of horses.

  • Class of 1998 changes plans

    The Class Reunion Committee of 1998 wants to announce that it is very excited that the May 24 activities are approaching rapidly, but due to a lack of feedback, it has decided not to have the family picnic.

    Please continue to make plans to visit fellow classmates that night from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Country Club of Williston for the reunion. Bring your spouse (or significant other) as there will be light hors d'oeuvres with desserts, vegetable and fruit trays, music, and fun. A cash bar will also be available for your convenience.

  • Methodist minister retires

    By Mary Ann Ferguson

    For the Pioneer

    What name says humble, loving, kind, concerned, gracious, a calming influence, good humor, openness to others, and patience?

    When describing Delbert King on Sunday, May 4th, as he retired as a Methodist minister, those words rolled off the tongues of Williston's First United Methodist Church members.

    Rev. Delbert J. King, a long-time volunteer minister at FUMC of Williston, on Sunday was invited to offer "the sermon he has always wanted to give."

  • Students of the Month honored

    Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented Student of the Month awards to four youngsters at Tuesday night's council meeting. Each school is represented by one child, nominated by the administration and faculty at the school.

    Each plaque contains the text of the nomination letter submitted by the school.

    Kami Dawn McCormick, daughter of Lawrence and Kellie McCormick, is a first-grader at Joyce Bullock Elementary School, which she represents as May's student of the month.

  • Make your home safer

    * Invest in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This includes on all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.

    * Whenever you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back yard.

    * Don't put valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially items that can be easily carried.

    * Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away; that broadcasts your absence.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    * Warren Frazier, 17, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $30,000.

    * Dakorian Frazier, 16, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $11,000.

    * Billy K. Swinford, 42, Inglis, driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond $5,000.

    * Jimmy D. Lance, 36, Reagan, Tenn., possession of more than 20 grams cannabis. Bond $10,000.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Department lists the following arrests:

    * Pedro Cortez, 22, of Southeast Sixth Street, Williston, was arrested for no valid driver's license after being stopped for speeding on Northeast Fourth Avenue.

    * Elder Leonel Alvarado Alba, 23, of Southeast Third St., Williston, was charged with DUI (alcohol) and no valid driver's license after being stopped for weaving in and out of lane on Northeast U.S. Highway 27.