Today's News

  • Most charges dropped in PA case

    James Long, the former Williston physician's assisant who was charged last year with grand theft and scores of charges of forging a physician's name and DEA number to prescriptions made out to other people was sentenced last week.

    According to information obtained from the Williston Police Department, Long's plea adjudication was withheld, meaning the sentencing judge orders sanctions but does not formally convict the defendant of a criminal offense.

  • Council talks gas, waives fines

    With a full agenda Tuesday night, the Williston City Council took on an assortment of business including one item that could lead to a change in the city's largest natural gas consumer.

    Utilities Supervisor C.J. Zimoski told council members the city has been trying to convince B&G Seed Processors to hook up to the city's natural gas lines for 10 years without success. After Williston Peanuts constructed new peanut dryers on SR 121S and paid $125,000 to run gas lines to them, B&G was approached again but nothing came of it.

  • Goodman implores council to back animal shelter

    The proposed Williston Animal Shelter is being funded by a private foundation, fundraising and hopefully a USDA grant.

    The city of Williston donated the land for the shelter and has done site work. Councilman Charles Goodman thinks the city needs to put some cash into the project.

    Last Tuesday Goodman asked his fellow council members to allocate funds for the project in the upcoming budget.

    Goodman said he wanted a commitment from the council that it would step up and get it built.

  • Council appoints Latricia Wright as interim clerk

    For the first time in seven years Frances Taylor was a member of the audience during a Williston City Council meeting rather than at the desk where she took meticulous notes and kept up with the audio and video portions of the meeting.

    At the end of the 90-minute session, she admitted it was different and that the audience chairs were very hard.

    Taylor submitted her resignation two weeks ago and will end her tenure as city clerk on June 10. She has accepted a position with the Department of Defense in Maryland.

  • Williston voters return to city hall for elections

    Construction on Williston City Hall sent Precinct 7 voters to a temporary location for last year's elections.

    At the June 4 meeting of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, the board approved returning elections to city hall, located at 50 NW Main St.

  • Parkway may include Levy, skirts I-75 counties

    By Mike Wright

    Citrus County Chronicle

    The planned study area for extending the Suncoast Parkway north from Citrus County sidesteps two counties that had raised significant opposition in having the roadway cut through their communities.

    Instead, the Suncoast Parkway’s proposed extension follows a similar path to what was first envisioned for the Suncoast more than 20 years ago, according to maps provided this week by the Florida Department of Transportation.

  • Help needed in unsolved homicide

    It's been five years since Leo Rives, then 31, was killed at the intersection of NE 218 Avenue, east of Williston, and law enforcement officers are asking for the public's help to solve this crime.

    It was around 10:20 p.m. July 5 when a 911 call came in reporting a suspicious vehicle and a possible shooting.

    When law enforcement personnel arrived, they found a white Ford Crown Victoria parked on the roadway and Rives on the ground beside the vehicle. The car was still running and the front driver and passenger doors were open.

  • School Board Chair: No more interruptions

    From Staff Reports

    An audience member went to the podium at the June 11 Levy County School Board meeting and stated that she had three questions about a recent hiring process.

    After the first question, Attorney David M. Delaney advised the board to not respond to the questions and said, “This is a public comment period. Sometimes members of the public or the media can be directed to individuals within the district who can look into a question and get back to them. But the board is not expected to have answers on the spot.

  • A Day to Remember

    Carolyn Ten Broeck/Williston Pioneer

    The city of Williston opened its doors Saturday to show off its new municipal building and celebrate the 90th anniversary of its incorportaion. Additionally, the Williston Pioneer tagged along to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the founding of its forebear, The Levy County Times. Mayor Emeritus R. Gerald Hethcoat and Councilman Elihu Ross were on hand to share the history of Williston with visitors.  Don McCormick, also a historian, checks out the charter for the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, located in city hall. 

  • Developer looking for tenants

    A Facebook post Tuesday morning about a grocery store locating on the site of the old Williston High School set Williston abuzz with the thought of new development.

    The post showed a drawing of the property on West Noble Avenue, along with a caption detailing the store as well as other retail stores destined for the property.

    The post also mentioned a Wawa convenience store is slated to be built at "the top of the hill", across from Green Shutters.