Today's News

  • Meet Williston's newest police officer

    Not only is Shadow Williston's newest police officer, at 1-year-old, he's also the youngest.

    The officer, born in Hungary, came to Williston via New Smyrna Beach and along with his partner, Officer Rich Peters, will soon begin training in narcotics detection, searches, tracking and criminal apprehension.

    Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson introduced the German Shepherd to the public and city council Tuesday night, adding that the canine officer comes to Williston at no cost to its citizens.

  • Williston Police improve communication with hearing impaired

    Williston Police Department will introduce a plan to improve communications with hearing impaired motorists.

    A “visor” card has been produced so motorists can use it to communicate with an officer if stopped.

    The card has images of traffic signs and routine traffic related questions. A sticker is also included with the international symbol for hearing impaired to be applied to the rear of the vehicle.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Langworthy returns Gators to Omaha

    By Sean Arnold



    Austin Langworthy entered Florida’s Gainesville Super Regional baseball series against Auburn without a home run all season in McKethan Stadium.

    But the Gator baseball team, which broke through last season with its first national championship, has lately been all about unprecedented achievements.

  • 'Helpful’ bird lover shares tips on birding, photography

    To “stir enthusiasm and gratitude” because we are “surrounded by so much beauty” is the goal of John Middleton, a passionate birder and photographer of nature. This former Florida Park Ranger, leadership consultant and pastor who grew up in Jacksonville drove from Lafayette County to share that passion in a recent program at the Williston Library which he called “Birds and Bird Photography: An Introduction.” The program was hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library (FOWL).

  • Air ambulance comes to Levy

    When lives are hanging in the balance and time is of the essence, sometimes traditional ground transportation just isn't enough.

    Williston and Levy County residents can now add another plus to their column for reasons to live here.

    PHI Air Medical is waiting on a Certificate of Need from from the Agency of Health Care Administration (AHCA) and once issued will be making the Williston Airport its home base.

  • Grants coming to police department

    Williston's two police leaders, Chief Dennis Strow and Deputy Chief Clay Connolly are always trying to make copper wire from stretching pennies.

    Last week, Connolly told Williston City Council members he had applied and received a grant from USDA to fund three new police vehicles.

    While it is a matching grant, the city will pay $32,000 and receive $75,000 from USDA to buy the vehicles. It's like three for the price of one.

    The city's portion of the grant will come from money already in the budget that is earmarked for police vehicles.