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Today's News

  • Wright chosen as city clerk

    Six interviewers. Five applicants. Five hours. One clerk position to fill.

    That set the stage last week when Williston City Council, the mayor and city attorney spent five hours over two days interviewing applicants in order to name a city clerk.

    The result is Latricia Wright, an eight-year city employee, who has been acting as interim clerk since June.

    In accepting the position, Wright became the first black person to hold a city charter position, therefore, etching her name in the annals of Williston forever.

  • Council grants most financial wishes

    What started out as a bare bones city budget for FY2019-2020 ended up with almost a quarter million dollars in additions during the Williston City Council's second budget workshop Tuesday night.

    For over three hours the council weighed wish list items that included everything from police cars to funding for an animal shelter, but it was salaries that dominated the discussions.

    And in order to fund all the "extras", the millage will most likely go up and the council may need to borrow from its reserves to balance the budget.

  • Storm water concerns

    Recent rains have caused concern for business owners along NW Main Street and Tuesday night two of the them appealed to Williston City Council for help.

    Janice Fugate, wife of Williston attorney Norm Fugate, told the council that the water flow and subsequent flooding have become much worse since construction began on Heritage Park.

    Armed with photographs, Mrs. Fugate said the water is being pushed down NW 3rd Avenue and flooding the area behind the law offices where employees park.

  • Former Williston police officer shot; recuperating

    Derek Nunn, a former Williston Police Department officer, was shot last week in the line of duty in DeKalb County, Ga.

    Nunn was trying to find a murder suspect in Lithonia when he was ambushed and shot by 27-year-old Otis Walker, who allegedly also killed his girlfriend.

    Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow said Nunn was shot six times, but is expected to make a full recovery.

    Walker remained at large at press time. 

  • FPA first place finish for Ten Broeck

    The story of Mayor Emeritus Gerald Hethcoat's 40 years of service to Williston earned Williston Pioneer editor Carolyn Ten Broeck a first place finish in the Florida Press Association's Weekly Newspaper Contest for Feature Writing - Profile.

    Winners were announced last week during the 2019 Florida Media Conference in St. Petersburg.

  • State Ethics Commission rejects settlement

    By Sean Arnold

    Chiefland Citizen

    A preliminary investigation by the State of Florida Commission on Ethics found there is probable cause to believe that a former Bronson mayor was in violation of a Florida Statute as the Director of the Levy County School District Department of Transportation due to “exhibiting inappropriate behavior toward a member of his staff.”

  • Croaking into viral fame

    By Yanet Centeno

    Special to the Pioneer

    If Toby could meet any celebrity, it would be Kermit the Frog. Amphibian representation matters, you know.

    Toby the Toad and Savannah Mikell, the Williston native who found him on her porch, haven’t met Kermit yet, but they did make their debut on live television on July 31.

  • Gas Outage

    Clichés remain in modern-day usage because of the semblance of truth they hold and Monday night the city of Williston administration learned firsthand all about when it rains it pours.

    Around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon a drizzle suddenly became a torrent, dumping inches of rain over the city.

    Power flickered at least twice but remained on except on NW 7th Street and 9th Circle where a tree fell on lines, causing a power outage on five or six blocks, according to Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann.

  • Williston schools earn 'B'

    By Sean Arnold

    Chiefland Citizen

    The Levy County school district saw across-the-board gains on the latest annual school and district grades released by the Florida Department of Education this month, as the county increased its overall score by 11.5 percent to go from a C to a B district.

    The district earned its largest improvements in the areas of middle school student performance and English Language Arts (ELA) gains for the bottom quartile of students.

  • Morriston man charged with child abuse

    A battered, "disheveled" 11-year-old boy roaming a road alone, seeking help Wednesday, July 17 received it, leading to a 39-year-old Morriston man being charged with child abuse, according to a Marion County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit.

    Shane Kristin Beckham was charged with cruelty toward a child/abuse child without great bodily harm. He was booked into the Marion County Jail. He posted his $10,000 bond last Saturday, Marion County Jail records show. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 20.