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Today's News

  • Council sets millage at 5.9025

    It was with minimal fanfare Tuesday night that the Williston City Council tentatively approved the 2013 millage rate at 5.9025 mills and a balanced budget of $14,756,282.
    The first of two hearings were held and with only a couple exceptions no questions were asked and no one objected.
    Dr. Oel Wingo, interim city manager, said she and staff had worked to make this year’s budget more transparent and more accurate by allocating revenues where the actual work was being done.
    “It’s a wonderful budget,” Debra Jones told the council.

  • Honoring patriots on Patriot Day

    It’s been almost three years since Rick Fabiani first told the Williston Rotary Club about a dream to build a Fisher House in Gainesville.
    Tuesday, he returned to the club and said that dream will become reality when a groundbreaking ceremony is held Sept. 25.
    A Fisher House, paid for by private funds but located on Veterans Administration property, provides free accommodations,  giving veterans and their families a home away from home during treatment or rehab.

  • Season opening win

    With a short roster of just 24 players and at least six starters nursing nagging injuries from ankles to concussions to hand injuries, the Red Devils traveled to PK Yonge on Aug. 31.

    The Red Devil defense took just 10 seconds to record their first turnover of the season. Following a kickoff by Jorge Deciderio, Red Devil Tyus Williams recovered the Blue Wave’s fumble on the attempted return.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports, 9-6

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

    Aug. 28, Jamie Marie Barr, 18, Newberry, violating injunction repeat sex date violation. Bond $50,000.

    Sept. 1, Manolo Herrera Barrera, 33, Ocala, no DL, failure to register motor vehicle.

    Sept. 1, Robert Batman, 52, Lakeland, disorderly intoxication. Bond $2,000.

    Sept. 2, Michael Blough, 33, Inglis, assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $15.000.

    Aug. 31, Derrick Colon, 27, Bronson, battery. Bond $5,000.

  • Bronson teen cleared in battery cas

    State prosecutors say they will not pursue charges against an 18-year-old Bronson man arrested in June for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon who said he was defending his home.

    “Nobody’s been charged in the case,” said chief investigator and spokesperson for the state attorney’s office of the 8th judicial circuit court Spencer Mann.

  • No trick

    If a stay of execution isn’t soon delivered, a longtime Williston tradition will die.

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the the Trail of Treats, has elected not to oversee the event this year, citing ever growing safety concerns.

    What began more than a dozen years ago as a way of promoting both downtown merchants and a safe place for trick or treating, has now mushroomed to more than 3,000 participants–most from outside the city.

  • Morriston couple killed in plane crash

    A Morriston couple was killed Thursday when their experimental aircraft crashed into a field in Marion County.

    Gilbert Jennings, 53, and Catherine Jennings, 50, were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The plane and its two occupants flew out of northwest Ocala  around 4 p.m. Their final destination was another airfield in Marion County.  When the plane did not arrive to its designated landing area, family members became concerned and called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office around 8 p.m. 

  • Lady Red Devils dominate Jam Slam Invitational

    The Newberry volleyball tournament was held Aug. 23 at the Newberry Gym.
    The Williston Lady Red Devils won both their matches in two games each in the best of three matches.
    The Lady Devils were led in game one against the Dixie County Lady Bears by a host of players.
    Morgan Vanasco lifted the Lady Devils to a 9-3 lead with her serves and the team never looked back on their way to a 25-20 win.

  • Red Devils take 20-19 Fall Classic win

    It wasn't their best game, and several players played with nicks and dings, but the heart of the 2012 Williston Red Devil football team members showed through Aug. 24 as they traveled to Fernandina Beach.
    It was a first quarter that saw both the Red Devils and Pirates unable to get their offenses moving.
    The first quarter ended in a 0-0 tie.
    The Red Devils began to click midway through the second quarter as quarterback David Heinkel hit Damien Strange with a 62-yard touchdown pass.

  • Pier Fishing

    By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer

    Hurricane Isaac has ripped through the Gulf this past week and made fishing nearly impossible. Both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have felt the impact of high winds and rains. Small boat advisories have plagued boaters’ news headlines as the seas have been rough.
    With many of the beaches closed and charter fishing for the most part non-existent, or at best not advised, many have tried their angling skills at the piers.