Today's News

  • Spring Class is Friday night

    It’s called Spring Football practice, but dressed out in full pads, it is more like sauna practice as the temperatures soar into the 90s.

    “We are just going through some basic defensive and offensive plays to see who wants to play football,” said returning Red Devil Head Coach Jamie Baker.

    The Red Devils football team has once again been enduring the unexpected heat wave as they began their annual spring practice May 1.

  • U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of re-election race

    U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has dropped out of her GOP primary campaign to seek re-election citing health reasons and endorsed Hernando County Sheriff Richard B. Nugent in the race for the 5th Congressional District.

    Brown-Waite's Washington, D.C., office confirmed the email sent out this morning was authentic and that the congresswoman would serve out her term until January 2011.

    Brown-Waite's office issued the following statements by the two.

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

  • The Williston Pioneer is off to press

    What's in this week's edition:

    Miss Florida visits the Williston School of Dance

    Community honors retiring Robert Philpot.

    Disaster drill takes place in Williston.

    City council tackles power bills–again.

    Juveniles charged with felonies.

    Editor Carolyn Risner Ten Broeck writes about the evil cell phone.

  • Three charged in drug bust

    Three Williston residents were arrested May 4 and charged with various drug-related offenses.

    On April 18, the victims reported to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Williston, the theft of a Glock .40 caliber pistol and a North American Arms .22 magnum revolver.

    On May 4 Detective Tom Martin obtained a search warrant at 17091 NE 40 St.,

    Williston, which led to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Task Force arresting Marvin E. Cooper, 22; Leslie Reese Thompson, 20 and Ronald Glenn, 37.

  • Miss Florida will be in Williston

    Rachael Todd, Miss Florida 2009 will make a guest appearance Saturday at the Williston School of Dance.

  • Community Calendar


    May 28

    WHS 2000 Reunion

    Williston High School Class of 2000’s 10-Year Reunion is set for Friday, May 28 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Ocala from 7-11p.m. Tickets are now on sale. $25 per person/$45 per couple. Please include classmate name and name of spouse/guest.

    Make checks payable to:

    WHS Class of 2000

    331 SE Hwy 41

    Williston, FL 32696

  • Sheriff's Report

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

    • Howard Dayton, 21, of Morriston was arrested May 3 and charged with grand theft auto and stolen property. Bond was $10,000.

    • Thomas Allen Queen, 56, of Williston was charged with Violation of Probation (VOP) domestic battery May 4. No bond.

    • Kimberly L. Baker, 23, of Inglis was arrested on a VOP warrant May 3. No bond.

  • Lady Devils fall at state 7-0 to Gulliver Prep

    It was a fantastic ride for the Williston Lady Red Devil Softball team. They won the District 5 3A tournament by beating a very good Santa Fe team. Then there was the regional game against Crystal River, a game the Lady Devils won with ease 8-1.

    Next up was the Trinity Catholic Lady Celtics, again the Lady Devils proved to be the better team as they ended the Lady Celtics season with an 8-2 win.

    Then it was the Regional finals, and the Satellite Beach Lady Scorpions. The Red Devils ended the Lady Scorpions season with a rain delayed 5-2 win.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Let me ask a question to the people of Williston. When you go into a city what you see is either eye appealing or an eye sore to you. Correct? What conditions are our Williston Business District buildings in? A step away from being condemned in some buildings.

    So why did the CRA spend so much time (months) researching to find prime property behind the Williston Business District? It's supposed to beautify our neighborhood maybe encouraging people to walk around possibly wanting to shop in other businesses we were told.

  • Be counted

    It's deadline time for getting those Census forms back in the mail and it's worth a lot of money to every person in Levy County.

    For each warm body that is counted, it's estimated that Levy County will receive about $3,600 annually from the federal government for the next 10 years. That's because Census numbers determine how $400 billion in federal money is distributed.

    The 2010 Sunshine Census, the state's effort in getting an accurate count, has launched the “My Community Counts: Do Your Part.”