Local News

  • Willistonians dedicated to preserving the past

    Karen Pinkston leaned over the cracked slab and brushed away the dirt and grime of a century of neglect. The name of a young girl cast into the homemade stone, Missouri, was barely made visible.

    "That's what's sad," Pinkston said, standing to wipe the sweat from her brow and the dirt from her hands, "someone put a lot of effort into this, and now she's forgotten."

  • It was the whimper heard around the world

    What the Williston Police Department calls an act of cowardice has created a media buzz that has spanned the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Last Thursday, the Williston Pioneer first reported that a  puppy was found buried alive by Williston police officers and personnel.

    The police officers had gone to a remote location to destroy evidence, per a judge’s court order, when they heard a whimpering sound.

    Following the noise, they soon discovered a puppy, whose eyes are not yet open, buried alive in a shallow grave.

  • Council suspends need for electric bids

    A workshop Monday afternoon between Williston City Council and its electric provider, Progress Energy, led to a vote Tuesday night to suspend sending out Request for Proposals (RFPs) until Nov. 7.

    The city has teamed with Progress Energy for over 75 years, Councilor Cal Byrd said Tuesday, to provide city residents with electricity.

    The contract with the company is nearing and end and the city had planned to put out the RFPs Oct. 8 in order to get a better, and lower, rate.

  • Texas doctors rescue hospital

    For the fourth time in three years, Tri County Hospital–Williston is undergoing leader and management changes.

    Last week Drs. Mohammad Tariq and Jalil Khan publicly announced that for the last four weeks, they’ve been behind the scenes consultants at the hospital and are now the majority shareholders.

    Tariq, the primary spokesman of two, said he had been interested in acquiring the hospital two years ago, but negotiations with Jerry Gillman were already too far gone.

  • PETA adds $2,500 to reward money

    A 10-day-old puppy was buried alive and found on Sept. "Animal abusers are cowards," says PETA Manager Martin Mersereau. "They take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them. Area residents have good reason to be concerned when a helpless, days-old animal is buried alive.
    According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals—including humans."

  • Red Devils take on Fort White Friday at home
  • Reward Offered

    The Williston Police Department calls it an act of cowardice.

    Thursday while destroying evidence, per a judge’s order, police officers and personnel heard a whimpering sound.

    Following the noise, they soon discovered a puppy, whose eyes are not yet open, buried alive in a shallow grave.

    The officers immediately took the puppy to a local veterinarian where it was examined, cleaned up and adopted.

  • Invisible Children

    For more than 26 years in Northern Africa, parents have lived in fear and dread–not knowing if when they awaken their children would be safe in their beds.

    And if they weren’t, chances are those children were suffering the same plight as more than 30,000 other African children–kidnapped from their homes, often their beds, and forced to become soldiers in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

  • 24th Annual Peanut Festival is Oct. 6

    It’s time to celebrate the harvest, as thousands of people flock to Williston’s Heritage Park Oct. 6  for the 24th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival, sponsored by the Williston Chamber of Commerce. 

     The festival, which annually draws more than 9,000 people from as far south as Key West to Georgia and Alabama,  is a family-oriented event.

  • Millage stands at 5.9025

    It’s official. 

    Williston City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce the general fund by some 12 percent and set the 2012 millage rate at 5.9025 mills.

    President Jason Cason informed those in attendance that the fund reduction was made possible, in part, by the eliminations of the employee bonus allocation and the ellimination of seven employees.

    But, Cason stressed,  those were actually seven unfilled positions and no layoffs were needed.