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Today's News

  • Just passing through

    When told he had only five weeks to live, Rodger Howell, 63, sold everything he had and took to the open road with two horses and a dog. His goal: to live every day as if it were his last, visit family and friends and see America.

    That was a year ago, and this week Howell passed through Williston on his quest to reach Niagara Falls by Christmas.

    A former Tennessee police chief, Howell drives his buggy four days a week and rests three, plus he never travels on Sunday.

    He averages 20-25 miles per day and enjoys meeting the people he encounters.

  • Levy County Sheriffs Reports

     

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

    • June 25, Carlos Alonzo Allen, 41, Gainesville, dealing in stolen property. Bond $25,000.

  • When silver and gold collide

     I

    've known Freda most of my life. Her mother, Frances, drove me to kindergarten every day when I was five. However, it wasn't until I was a freshman in high school and we had a class together that I really got to know her. 

  • Donated ambulance helping save Nigerian lives

     An ambulance that was retired from Levy County due to attrition and high mileage is finding a new life in Nigeria.

    Earlier this year, the Levy County Department of Public Safety, with approval from the Board of County Commissioners donated a decommissioned ambulance after a request from Missionary Alex Abiola.

  • Know beach conditions before heading out for summer fun

     

    Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials remind beachgoers to check the surf conditions at public beaches.  Understanding the beach warning flags will help to keep you and your family safe as you enjoy the waters.  When red flags are flying, swimming in Florida’s coastal waters can be dangerous.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • June 18, Michael Paul Davenport, 35, Yankeetown, VOP battery.

    • June 20, Eugene Thomas Days, 46, Williston, petit theft.

    • June 17, Karen Lotron Edwards, 42, Chiefland, open container.

    • June 16, Jennifer Fagan, 28, Ocala, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    • June 16, Amanda Fender, 43, Williston, battery. Bond $5,000.

    • June 19, Linda Diane Gilroy, 61, Homosassa, DUI. Bond $2,000.

  • Scallop season starts this Saturday

    Get your bay scallop bags and shucking tools ready. The recreational bay scallop season opens in some Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) starting June 28, three days earlier than the season was slated to start. The portion of Gulf state waters is from the Pasco-Hernando county line north and west to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

    The season will remain open through Sept. 24, with the first day of the closure on Sept. 25.

  • Dennis Russell named Bronson fire chief

    It's not clear whether the free “Bronson Fire Rescue” hats clinched the deal but shortly after being presented with the head gear the Bronson Town Council voted unanimously to elevate Dennis Russell from interim fire chief to fire chief, making his title permanent.

    Russell, who took over the interim post in March, has essentially managed the department since the departure of former Fire Chief Jeff DeMaggio.

  • Have you met a celebrity?

    Was it in a crowded airport? Backstage at a concert? After a ballgame? Walking down the street?

    Many of us have encountered a celebrity and once you get past the initial shock, you may have asked for an autograph or a photo.

    The Williston Pioneer wants to hear about your brush with fame.

    In 100 words or less, tell our readers who you met and how it happened. If you had a photo made with that person, be sure to include it as well.

    Submissions will be accepted now through Aug. 29. All submissions will be printed in the Sept. 4 edition.

  • School board hopes to boost test scores

    By Pat Faherty

    Special to the Pioneer

    With some bright spots in overall FCAT results, the school district's challenge will be how to spread that success.

    "There are schools that are performing well," said Patrick Wnek, assistant superintendent of curriculum, at Tuesday's Levy County School Board meeting. "Our goal is to find out what they are doing."

    "We know it can happen in all of our schools," he said, noting that some teachers are performing at a high level.