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  • Johnson honored by AARP

    By

    Drollene Brown

    Special to the Pioneer

    At the Oct. 9 meeting of Chapter 19 of AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons), Alphonso Johnson received a certificate of recognition from the national Andrus Award committee.

    The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who embody the spirit of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who believed in the power of individuals to spark change and improve their communities, one act at a time.

  • Williston woman dies in car accident

    A single car accident Oct. 19 claimed the life of a Williston woman.

    Tina Munden, 48, was traveling on US 27, east of NE 112 Terrace around 7:10 p.m. when she left the road and went onto the south shoulder.

    The undercarriage struck a culvert and the vehicle became airborne. The front of the 2013 Chevy struck a utility pole, causing it to split in half. The front of the vehicle then hit the ground and ejected Munden.

  • 12-year-old arrested Friday

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Division arrested a 12-year-old Williston Middle School student last Friday.

     The LCSO SRO was contacted by school officials and told that at approximately 2:40 p.m. an altercation between students occurred.

    The SRO’s investigation revealed the 12-year-old student was offended by another student’s question.

    During the disagreement between these students, one child picked up a pair of scissors and chased the other student around the room while threatening to stab him.

  • BOCC looks to extend pot moratorium

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners is seeking to extend its moratorium on marijuana dispensaries until April.

    But first it must hold a couple of public hearings in November before the new ordinance can pass.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks cast a dissenting vote at the commission meeting Oct. 17 to guarantee one of those hearings – Nov. 7 – will take place at 5:01 p.m., while the other will come on Nov. 21, coinciding with the regular commission meeting, which starts at 9 a.m.

  • Ruckus between two leads to seven arrests

    A fight between two men Tuesday steered uniformed officers from the Levy County Sheriff's Office into an active investigation by the Drug Task Force (DTF).

    According to the sheriff's office, officers on patrol were sent to 11252 NE 62 Place, Williston where a reported disturbance between two people was taking place.

     Deputies arrived and their investigation discovered Danny White, 37, had been fighting with another man.

  • Ocala man killed by moving train at Kirby Farm

    An Ocala man died Oct. 10 at Williston's Kirby Farms when he attempted to board a moving train, lost his footing and fell under one of the cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol and the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Anthony Lowe Osburn-Day, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene, home to the 501c3 Non-profit organization and museum for Children’s Outreach and Education.

    It was Osburn-Day's third visit to the farm to learn more about becoming a volunteer and the group's fall fundraiser, The Lost Railroad.

  • Road closures due to disaster assistance

    The Department of Children and Families will be administering the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program for the Tri-County area beginning today, Oct. 19, at 6:30 a.m. at the Suwannee River Livestock Fairgrounds located in Fanning Springs.

    The fairground facility is located at the intersection of US Hwy 19/98 and NW 90th Avenue in Levy County. This event is expected to continue until Monday, Oct. 23.

  • Homecoming Victory

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    Last Friday, Oct. 13, the Williston Red Devil varsity football team finally halted a four- game losing streak, defeating the Taylor County Bulldogs by a score of 28-27.

    Who says Friday the 13th is an unlucky thing? The Devils proved that wrong, while managing to pick up a very important victory on homecoming night.

  • Nine Williston students recognized for perfect scores

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Seventeen Levy students were recognized Oct. 10 by the School Board of Levy County for scoring perfect scores on individual state assessment tests last spring.

    Nine of those students are from Williston Middle High School or Williston Elementary School, with the latter seeing seven of its students honored by Principal Jaime Handlin.

  • Veterans' parade is in Williston

    The city of Williston will host the 2017 Levy County Veterans Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 11.

    The parade, down Noble Avenue, begins at 10 a.m.

    After the parade, a commemoration service will take place in Heritage Park.

    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat, the city's organizer, said he hopes many of the county's veterans will participate in the parade that honors them.