Local News

  • National Day of Prayer next week

    The city of Williston will observe the National Day of Prayer at noon Thursday, May 3 in the Heritage Park Pavilion.

  • Be a community hero

    People of all ages are encouraged to participate Saturday, April 28 in the Williston City Painting Project.

    Volunteers will meet at the Williston Fire Department at 8 a.m. and will be given paint and brushes to re-paint the city's fire hydrants.

    If lawn maintenance is your passion, bring your own weed eaters, clippers, rakes and gloves and someone will designate an area for you to clean.

    The workday will finish at noon. Donate yourself for all four hours or a portion of it. The more volunteers, the easier the work.

  • County sees win-win in school purchase

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The purchase of the old Bronson High School building, located adjacent to the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson, could kill two – or more – birds with one stone for the county.

    At its meeting April 24, the Levy County Commission reached a consensus to advise County Coordinator Wilbur Dean to seek a deal for the purchase from the School Board of Levy County.

  • Gilchrist deputies killed on the job

    By Deborah Goad

    Special to the Pioneer

    Two Gilchrist County deputies were killed April 19, when they were shot by a man whose motives are still unknown.

    Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were having lunch at about 3 p.m. Thursday when they were shot.

    The sheriff would not discuss the identity or any other details about the shooter during a press conference later in the day.

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  • Four decades of service to Williston

     Before he was Williston's mayor, R. Gerald Hethcoat was a farm boy, a student, a young man battling polio, a clinical laboratory scientist, a law enforcement officer, a firefighter and a city councilman.

    Tuesday night, he added yet another title to his vast repertoire – retired.

    April 10 marked the end of nearly 40 years of public service and almost all of it to the city and people of Williston.


  • Councilwomen to lead Williston

    In what may be an unprecedented move in the city of Williston, the council's two female representatives were elected Tuesday night to the highest positions on the city council.

    Nancy Wininger was chosen by the council as its president, succeeding Charles Goodman who made the nomination.

    Wininger has served on the council since 2016 and was unopposed in this year's bid for her seat.

  • Levy Cattlemen to meet April 19

    The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association is having its spring meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Don Quincey’s river home located at 11751 NW 132nd PL, Chiefland, FL 32626. The Levy Co. Junior Cattlemen will also hold their meeting at the same time. Junior Cattlemen’s is open to children from 8 to 21 years old.

    Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend. If you would like additional information call the Levy County Extension Office (352-486-5131) or Devin Whitehurst (352-528-4724).

  • Neighbor helping neighbor

    Since taking office two years ago, Williston Councilwoman Nancy Wininger has been known for hosting her own town hall meetings.

    It's an opportunity for people to ask questions in a casual atmosphere and also share information with her that she needs to know as their elected representative.

    Next week, April 12, Wininger will host another such meeting but this one with a twist.

  • Deputies coming to the schools

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum says all 15 public and charter schools in the county will have a deputy on campus for the remainder of the school year, but he’s concerned about the financial viability of the program going forward.