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  • Will code violators see tougher penalties?

    A request to the Williston City Council to make its ordinance for non-compliant property owners a bit more punitive has resulted in a total re-write of the law.

    Bruce Schupp, the newly appointed member to the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), took matters into his own hands and wrote Chapter 48 of the code to make it pack a punch for those who fail to follow the law.

  • Meeks remains chairman

    The Levy County Commission voted to retain John Meeks, of Bronson, R-District 1, as its chair for a third year and decided to switch the vice chair from Mike Joyner of Morriston, R-District 3, to Rock Meeks of Chiefland, R-District 2.

    At the same time the commissioners also decided on which departments and appointments each wanted. 

  • City urged to act on parking lot

    Work may have come to a temporary halt on the new parking lot on Block 12, but that doesn't mean motorists aren't parking there.

    Tuesday night, Marvin Johnson who operates a barber shop on that block, told Williston City Council that people's vehicles are being ruined by mammoth potholes, nails and other debris.

    Johnson said he feared lawsuits would occur if something isn't done to rectify the situation.

  • History of Levy County available

    In 1976, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners called for persons interested in compiling a history of Levy County to commemorate America’s Bicentennial.

    The effort was led by Bronson teacher, Sydney Gunnell. The first issue, entitled Search for Yesterday was so successful that the group of historians, the Levy County Archives Committee, went on to produce 27 more volumes.

  • Man charged with sexual battery on a 5-year-old

     A Trenton man has been charged with sexual battery  on a person under 12 years old after he was accused by the mother of a five-year-old child.

    James Thomas Crowe, 53, was arrested Sunday after the child's mother filed a complaint with the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Light Up Williston Schedule

    7 p.m. Music by Mandy Fugate 

    7:10 p.m. Announcement of Chili Cook Off winners; Rotary Running of The Bells Winners; Parade Entries

    7:15 p.m. Megan Smith

    7:25 p.m. Welcome by Mayor Hethcoat; prayer

    7:30 p.m. Light Up Williston with Miss Williston, Jr. Miss Williston and Little Miss Williston

    7:35 p.m. Relay Invitation

    7:40 p.m. Christmas Story read by Senior Judge Joe Smith

  • Sabal opponents share concerns

    By Mike Wright

    Special to the Pioneer

    These are folks who don’t trust the government to protect them.

    So when federal agencies sign off on the 515-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, people like 30-year Dunnellon resident Janet Barrow don’t sit back and take their word for it.

    “I’ve been watching this project for three years plus,” Barrow said. “I open my mouth and tell as many people as I can.”

  • Goal: Boost teacher morale

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy County school district has made it a goal to reduce the achievement gap for students in poverty at Bronson Middle High School, while also focusing on improving teacher morale and mentoring in the county. 

  • Williston welcomes Christmas Saturday

    It promises to be a trip down memory lane, as young and old alike will converge on Williston Saturday for the annual day of Christmas festivities.

    The fun starts early at 8:30 a.m. with the Jingle Bell Jog for infants through eighth grade at Williston Elementary.

  • Students get an up close look at Old Florida

     Special to the Pioneer

    A Land Remembered Field Day was held Nov. 9 at Williston Middle High School’s agriscience department. 

    The living literature celebration included over 300 students schoolwide. It was an interactive event where students took a trip back in time exploring Florida’s agricultural history.