Today's News

  • Council wants answers

    It was a 90-minute Williston Council meeting that had only one agenda item for discussion.

    President Charles Goodman told his council that he'd try to keep the communication segment to 10 minutes, but it was evident that it would be a broken vow once the specifics of the new city hall came into the spotlight.

    Goodman, a contractor, said he'd spent 10-12 hours reviewing a 314-page document about the building and asked council members what they remembered for the roof.

  • Active threat training next week

    The Community Relations Division of the Levy County Sheriff's Office will hold an Active Threat Response class from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Williston Woman's Club, 1049 NE 6th Blvd, Williston.

    The class will help individuals and groups to be better prepared by knowing how to respond in this type of situation. The class is an hour long, with a question and answer following. It is open to anyone age 18 and older.

  • Memorial dedication set for May 19

    It's been almost a decade in the making and at long last Willistonians will have something tangible to commemorate our nation's veterans.

    Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency, (CRA) announced Monday that a dedication ceremony for the Veterans' Memorial in Heritage Park will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19.

    The monument and bricks commemorating veterans are scheduled for installation mid-April.

    A time and schedule of the day's events will be announced at a later date.

  • Random thoughts for a random Tuesday

    Co-worker Chad came bursting into the office one Thursday a few weeks ago.

    "So what did you write about this week?" He asked, pulling a newspaper from the rack outside my door.

    "Oh, city council, the veterans' memorial, the . . ., " I started but he interrupted.

    "No. What's your column about?"

    When I told him I didn't write one, he was aghast and demanded to know why not.

    "I didn't have anything to say," I said returning to my work.

  • SCORE expands into Levy

    By Michael Bates

    Special to the Pioneer

    The Citrus County SCORE chapter got the green light this month to expand into Levy County.

    That will be a big deal to businesses there because it will have closer representation and no longer have to rely on its distant SCORE affiliate all the way in Gainesville for business assistance, said Jim Green, chairman of the Citrus SCORE.

    “We thought it would make more sense for us to do it,” Green said.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Feb. 22, Ashton Lee Beecher, 28, Bronson, VOP.

    • Feb. 25, Shaun Phillip Bond, 51, no address listed, disorderly intoxication. Bond $2,500

    • Feb. 24, David Chilcote, 52, Williston, battery. Bond $10,000.

    • Feb. 22, Austin Colby Colson, 22, Chiefland, out of county warrant.

  • Happenings



    Peanut Butter Drive

    Levy County Farm Bureau will host its annual Peanut Butter Food Drive March 1-16 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at its offices located at 208 NW Main St., Williston or 312 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.

    Peanut butter donations will be presented to the First United Methodist Church Food Bank in Williston, Another Way in Chiefland and Tri-County Outreach in Chiefland.

    CCF Open House

  • Pitching, defense lead Williston to wins

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Williston baseball team held Chiefland and Gainesville-Buchholz to a combined two runs in back-to-back games to improve to 2-1 on the season.

    After a 2-0 season-opening loss at Class 6A Crystal River, the Red Devil pitching continued to shine as it tampered rival bats in a 3-1 home win against the Indians Feb. 23.

  • The JUUL: Old dog with new tricks

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    It’s the tale as old as time, and the song as old as rhyme. When it comes to the tobacco industry, it has always been clever in its endeavors of attracting a youthful, impressionable demographic.

    The latest craze among our teens is called “JUULing”, a phrase that refers to the new alternative cigarette company brand JUUL.

    The company builds e-cigarettes that are in the guise of a USB thumb drive that plugs discreetly into your computer.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Feb. 13, Rexford Lee Batten, 33, Inglis, violation of an injunction – repeat sex date violator. Bond $25,000.

    • Feb. 16, Bacilio Garcia Bautista, 37, Williston. No DL. ROR.

    • Feb. 14, Lisandro Bernal, 31, Citra, hit and run/failure to stop at crash, no DL, FTA, false ID given to LEO. Bond $26,000.