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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Corner

    The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He/She says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he'll need some information for verification purposes your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number.

    This is when you should hang up the phone. It's a scam!

  • Deputies stop fleeing suspect

    BY JEFF M. HARDISON

    For the Pioneer

    Levy County Sheriff's Office deputies ended a 31-minute pursuit that started in Marion County on Dec. 21 just before 10 p.m., LCSO Lt. Evan Sullivan said.

    Larry Ray Griffis, 39 was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and driving while license suspended or revoked, Sullivan said.

  • Williston Police Reports

    A Bronson man was arrested by Williston Police and charged with felony attempted carjacking and misdemeanor theft after an incident on Dec. 16.

    Victor Manuel Alicea Ortiz, 36, of Northeast 105th Avenue, allegedly walked up to a woman's car in the Williston Subway parking lot and began talking to her and her passenger. He then ordered them out of their car as he began to unzip his jacket, police said, but the driver fled the scene and contacted police.

  • Animal abuse policies changed

    Editor:

    Just a little update. Thanks to the editorial you ran in the paper a few weeks back on the 18 Arabian horses rescued in Alachua County, I have received the following letter from the Sheriff's Department stating that they agree that their current policies were lacking in matters of animal abuse cases. They have confirmed that after reviewing my letters and being persistent in what transpired with these horses, they have rewritten the policy on the handling of animal abuse cases.

  • The Grinch in Williston

    Editor:

    Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the lack of Christmas lit homes this year?

    After the fiasco with the electric bills, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

    Christmas is not about the lights, but they do bring holiday cheer.

    Who doesn't enjoy driving around and admiring the light displays that people work so hard on?

    This year is different though. Combining the two blocks in our neighborhood, only two homes have lights and decorations. Out of 24 homes. Only TWO!!!

  • Working together in the new year

    When you get a little older, the years just seem to fly by.

    That's the case for me, as I find it hard to believe that it's almost 2008. Growing up, I can remember when a book like 1984 and a movie such as 2001: A Space Odyssey were science fiction.

    Now, a lot of the "Big Brother" mentality in 1984 is surfacing, and we have people wandering around space as if it were their own back yards.

    I'd rather stick to the problems here on Earth as we head into the new year, and not worry about asteroids striking Mars or other such things.

  • Worthless check complaints plague Levy County Fair

    Levy County Fair Association President Bob Levesque said on Dec. 20 he has made no progress in his attempt pay a $2,000 worthless check he wrote to Robinson's Racing Pigs on Nov. 13.

    Spencer Mann, a spokesman for Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone, said on Dec. 20 the Levy County office of the State Attorney has received two worthless check complaints against Levesque and the Fair Association.

    Those two complaints are under review, Mann said. That is all he could say about the potential worthless check cases.

  • Red light runners may be on camera

    Once upon a time, not so very long ago, the only traffic signal at the "Top of the Hill" in Williston was a flashing light. Today sophisticated electronic devices and turn lanes control the vehicles flowing through that intersection and three others in town. In the not too distant future, additional hardware may appear at some of those junctures.

  • Joining family and friends on New Year's Eve

    Growing up in the northern part of our country usually meant snow and ice on New Year's Eve,. This also meant that we rang in the New Year from our own living room on many of those years. Of course, there was no shortage of celebration complete with streamers, noisemakers and party hats! For the most part the evening was spent with our immediate family and a few friends who lived close enough to walk (or snow-shoe, if necessary) over to our house for the traditional counting down of the minutes until the New Year arrived.

  • Community calendar

    Monday, December 31

    AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    Tuesday, January 1

    Happy New Year from the Staff of the Williston Pioneer Sun News

    Wednesday, January 2

    Cousin Vicki reads to pre-schoolers, 9:30 a.m., Williston Public Library.

    Tax Collector services available, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., trailer on SW 1st St., opposite Police Station.