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Today's News

  • It's Seafood Festival time in Cedar Key

    Hungry for seafood? Arts and crafts? Live music on the Gulf?

    Cedar Key is the place to be this weekend, Oct. 18-19.

    The 45th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival offers all that and more. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club and the Cedar Key Lioness, the festival offers fine food, entertainment, shopping and family fun. The event is supported by sponsorship from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture’s Fresh From Florida Seafood promotion program.

  • County budget has vet, pay raises

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user.

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.

  • Good News!

    Hard work has paid off.

    Williston Fire Rescue and the city of Williston announced Tuesday the new ISO (Insurance Services Organization) fire rating for the city of Williston and its county protection fire zone.

    The new rating is 4 for the city and 4Y outside the city. The previous rating was 6 city and 8B outside Williston.

    Williston Fire Rescue was contacted by the ISO evaluation team in September 2013 and advised that they would be conducting a five year assessment in early January 2014.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Sept. 29. McRobert Conrad Alphonse, 47, Archer, abandonment of an animal. ROR

    • Oct. 4, Kim Marie Bouterie, 47, Brooksville, burglary with assault or battery. Bond $15,000.

    • Sept. 29, Ehren Michael Brown, 36, Williston, out of county warrant. Bond $2,160.

    • Oct. 1, Leland Donald Deighton, 20, Old Town, failure to register motor vehicle. ROR.

    • Oct. 3, Margaret Marie Draper, 52, Old Town, petit theft, fraud. Bond $3,500.

  • Woman's Club buffet is Sunday

    The GFWC Williston Woman’s Club and the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club will hold their annual Country Style Buffet Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the clubhouse located at 1049 NE 6th Blvd. in Williston (on Hwy 121 going toward Gainesville and just before crossing the railroad tracks).

    Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or until it is all gone.

  • WMS No. 1 seed in tournament

    For the second time in three years, Williston Middle School will be the #1 seed and will host the SMAC Football Championship Game Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.

    Last season Williston was in the championship but was the #2 seed and had to play at Bradford. Defeating Lake Butler on their home field 28-14 has the Red Devils 3-0 in the SMAC (4-0 overall) with only Fort White left on their conference schedule.

  • Lady Indians take down Lady Red Devils 3-1

    By Max Yavel

    Contributing Writer

    The Lady Red Devils hosted their rivals, Chiefland, last week and gave them a great match as both teams played extremely hard. Williston wasn’t able to come on top in this one but the games were competitive and close the whole way. The Lady Red Devils showed incredible resolve -- fighting their way back time and time again.

  • Williston Middle School football team rolls 50-20

    By Greg Hamilton

    Special to the Pioneer

  • Red Devils claim big first win

    By Max Yavel

    Contributing Writer

    Williston was finally able to get its first win of the season last week as they took on Wildwood High School at home. The stands at Booster Stadium were buzzing with energy as the Red Devils put up touchdown after touchdown en route to a 63-12 victory.

  • Robbery suspects arrested

    The three suspects wanted for the Sept. 20 robbery of the La Esperanza store at 114 NE 6 Ave., Williston, have been arrested.

    Charged in the incident are Guillermo Centeno-Marroquin, 22, of Ocala, Jordan Cruz, 22, of Belleview and Jayr Joseph Dinsen, 26, of Belleview.

    Centeno-Marroquin was the first to be arrested on Sept. 23 and after a confession, officers collected evidence used in the robbery, including the identity of the others.