Today's News

  • Elementary schools release honor rolls for last nine weeks

    Joyce Bullock Elementary names the following students to the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks:

    1st grade

    A/B Honor Roll

  • Happenings

    Peanut Festival Applications

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting vendor applications for the 31st Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 in Williston's Heritage Park.

    Vendors this year will choose their own spaces, so early application is suggested.

    For more information, or an application and rules, visit www.willistonfl.com and look for the information under the community tab, contact the Chamber at 352-528-5552, email willistonflcoc@gmail.com or visit 50 NW Main St., Williston.

  • Dixie scallop season opens Saturday

    The 2019 recreational bay scallop season for Dixie County and a portion of Taylor County opens June 15 and will remain open through Sept. 10. This includes all state waters from the Suwannee River to the Fenholloway River.

    Additional bay scallop season dates for 2019 are as follows:

    • St. Joseph Bay/Gulf County: Aug. 16 through Sept. 15. This region includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.

  • BOCC asked to consider upgrade for horse park

    By Suzette Cook

    Chiefland Citizen

    Coming off the heels of the recent Ranch Rodeo event in May, Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner proposed an effort that would raise a roof over the main arena of Williston Horseman’s Park.

    The multipurpose facility located just south of Williston on NW 19th Avenue was established in 1993 by the Williston’s Horseman’s Association (WHA) and is rented out for events including rodeos, equine events, dog shows, and car shows.

  • Publix in Williston? Maybe.

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

    The post, by Larry Wininger, husband of Williston City Council President Nancy Wininger, showed a drawing of the property on West Noble Avenue, along with a caption detailing that Publix as well as other retail stores were destined for the property.

    The drawing bears the words, "Publix Plyon Sign – 10 ' Minimum Setback" on it.

  • 140 years and counting

    In 1976 newspaperman Jack Holland wrote that newspapers are the daily journals of a community's activities.

    For the last 140 years this newspaper, through a succession of name changes, owners and locations has strived to be the best journal of its kind, keeping readers informed about the things that matter most to them.

    While The Telegraph was the first newspaper of record in Levy County, finding its mark in January 1860 on Cedar Key, it wasn't long until our forebear The Levy County Times was founded in Bronson.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • May 30, Ashley Avis Batten, 31, Williston, battery. ROR.

    • May 29, Stephen Richard Bedoar, 26, Anthony, FTA. ROR.

    • May 1, Ruby L. Cissell, 59, Bell, shoplifting. Bond $1,000.

    • May 30, Gatlin Michael Clark, 27, Bronson, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, give false information to pawn items. Bond $40,000.

    • May 28, Newman Alexander Crunk, 72, Tampa, FTA. Bond $2,000.

  • WMHS sends four of its own to the rockers

    There were tears, laughter and more tears last week as Williston Middle High School bade retirement farewells to four of its staff.

    Assistant Superintendent of Schools John Lott, a former WHS principal, was on hand to recognize the new retirees for their years of service to students and the unmeasureable dedication to the support teams of those students.

    Each retiree was given a new rocking chair to ease the transition into retirement.

  • Starving Artists' Showcase Saturday

    Spring cleaning is over and the lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us.

    The only thing that may be missing is what to put on that newly painted wall since you donated your velvet Elvis painting to the thrift store.

    Come out Saturday to the 2nd Annual Starving Artists' Showcase, sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, and find your next hidden treasure there.

    Beginning at 9 a.m., artists from across the region (and South Carolina) will exhibit a variety of handcrafted art at Heritage Park.

  • City Hall open house Saturday

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck


    Rutherford B. Hayes was president.

    Thomas Edison demonstrated the first electric light bulb.

     Doc Holliday killed his first man.

    And in Bronson, Fla., a legacy began that allows you to read the newspaper you now hold in your hands.

    The year was 1879 and as 34-year-old Levy County expanded, so did the people’s need to know.

    The Levy County Times, the predecessor to the Williston Pioneer Sun-News, tied the people to its community with plain commonsense reporting.