Today's News

  • AARP, CEE to host forum July 28

    Wishing for an easy way to meet candidates for office and ask about issues that matter to you? If so, mark your calendar for the 2018 Candidates Forum. This free nonpartisan event will be Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williston Middle/High School cafetorium.

    Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and all voters are welcome to fill out question cards for county, state and federal candidates.

  • Special dinner guest

    By Sean Arnold


    The highest-profile guest speaker in the history of the Levy County Republican Executive Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Memorial Dinner guaranteed its largest ever turnout.

    Gov. Rick Scott joined Republican Party officials, supporters, office holders and candidates representing Levy County and the area June 23 at Bronson Middle High School as the headline speaker for the banquet.

  • Williston Pre-4th is Tuesday

    The city of Williston will again lead off the Independence Day festivities with its annual July 3 parade down Noble Avenue.

    Floats and marching units will mark the nation’s birthday with a parade at 5 p.m.

    After the parade, the action moves to Williston’s Horseman’s Park for an evening of free entertainment and fellowship.

  • I am afraid

    As a mother of a young black man in America, I am afraid.

    The January incident with NBA Rookie Sterling Brown has raised this fear another notch, because he is my son.

    Yes, that man is younger than my son, and taller, and a professional basketball player.

    But when I see him, I see my son.

    Yes, he parked illegally, and selfishly.

    But how that young man behaved when he saw a police officer at his car is what my son would do, what we have talked about doing, what we brought him up to do.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • June 14, Casey Robert Bolak, 23, Gainesville, out of county warrant. Bond $3,000.

    • June 14, Johnathan Michael Curry, 25, Williston, VOP.

    • June 13, Lauren Blake Dennis, 30, Chiefland, aggravated assault. Bond $30,000.

    • June 15, Malcolm Allen Godfrey, 57, Williston, battery. Bond $5,000.

    • June 15, Christopher Edward Hathcox, 32, Cedar Key, grand theft. Bond $30,000.

  • Who will be the next chapter?

    Have you ever noticed how many films and books either begin or end with a disclaimer that the project is a total work of fiction and not based on any person, living or dead?

    I beg to differ.

    Great authors write about that which they know – except J.K. Rowling and Stephen King (I hope) who have imaginations that are way, way out there.

    Whether movie or novel, characters are often amalgams of real people. Sometimes they're indistinguishable to everyone except to the author himself.

  • Get Healthy, Williston

    Turning Point Fitness, located on South Main Street, celebrated its expansion June 9 with a Health Fair. In addition to general information about overall health, experts and vendors also discussed nutrition and vitamins while providing choices about chiropractic and hearing screenings. Life South was also on hand with its bloodmobile. Above, Tim West uses his healing touch with a therapeutic massage on one of the gym’s guests. More pictures from the day are on page 3.

  • Bridge to Middle School

    By Shyann Shepard

    Special the Pioneer

    During the first week of summer teachers, staff and high school student volunteers came together for the Summer Bridge Program at Bronson Middle High School (BMHS). This program was put together to help prepare incoming sixth grade students for the transition into middle school.

  • Bronson raises wastewater rates

    By John Tyler Nilsen

    Contributing Writer

     The Bronson Town Council issued a reminder at its Monday meeting that planned increases to wastewater rates will go into effect beginning in July.

    The base rate will increase by $5.61, going from $23.10 to $28.71. The rate increases were approved in January 2017, upon recommendation from the USDA. Rates are scheduled to rise in 2019 as well, Mayor Bruce Greenlee said.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • June 5, Kimberly Sue Broadhead, 43, Dunnellon, VOP.

    • June 4, Robert Walter Curry, 47, Inglis, out of county warrant.

    • June 7, Daryl Tyrone Davis Jr. 20, Temple Terrace, assault. Bond $5,000.

    • June 4, Christopher John Dillard, 34, Bronson, DUI. Bond $5,000.