Today's News

  • You call call but I may not answer

    I despise telephones. I always have. Oh, sure there was a time in my youth when Iee^could talk for an hour (what my father allowed) with some silly boy I was crushing on. But I never was one to just pick up the phone to call someone and chat.

    Iee^much preferred then–as I do now–looking someone face to face when I speak with them. You can gauge so much from someone’s body language and eyes that just aren’t possible via a telephone conversation.

  • Community Happenings

    Sunday, May 23

    Writing Workshop

    “How to Make a Living Freelance Writing,” will be presented by writer, editor and publisher Rick Sapp, Sunday, May 23, 2:30 p.m. at Millhopper Branch, Alachua County Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. The free event is sponsored by Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

    Tuesday, June 1

    Jazz Concert

  • Sheriff's Report

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

    Megan Leila Oaks, 22, of Homosassa was arrested May 14 and charged with Violation of Probation (VOP) petit theft. No bond.

    Gregory A. Moody, 31, of Williston was charged May 13 with VOP fleeing/elude high speed chase. No bond.

    Jose Manuel Sambo, 38, of Williston was charged May 12 with fraud-false statement to obtain workman’s compensation. Bond was $10,000.

    James Christian Collier, 20, of Inglis was charged May 11 with affray. He was released on his own recognizance.

  • 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.