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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Levy County's history now online

    In 1975, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners considered how Levy County could participate in the 1976 National Bicentennial Celebration to mark 200 years of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Step forward retired Levy County high school teacher and historian, Sidney Gunnell.