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  • The local number with no name

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    At any given moment, on any given day: say that you are settling in for the long work day ahead and either your cell phone or home phone rings. “A local number? Should I answer?” More so than ever, residents of the area have been asking themselves this very question, and most likely it isn’t who you think it is.

  • Here we go

    Before there can be bricks, or a monument or even a path, there must be a lot of hard, dirty work. This week, Williston city workers began the installation of a storm drain in Heritage Park in the first step of many toward the Veterans Memorial, scheduled to be dedicated Nov. 11.

  • Courthouse renovations go out for bid

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County needs a new courthouse, but the project is too cost-prohibitive at the moment.

    That’s what Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, found in exploring the courthouse’s infrastructure needs and the options available.

    However, he concluded there are affordable short-term options available to address its pair of most pressing security needs.

  • BACE rejects variance request

    Residents always have the right to make application for variance requests, but just because a request is made, it doesn't mean it will happen or that it's even lawful.

    Judy Marino learned that lesson the hard way Monday night after more than 30 minutes of testimony before the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE).

    Marino asked that she be allowed to place a manufactured home on 3.5 acres she owns on NE 6th Blvd.

  • Representative garners Levy support for texting bill

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Emily Slosberg, a Democratic State Representative from Boca Raton, was a long way from her home district.

    But in her visit to Levy County earlier this month, she found common ground in support of her cause – passing stricter texting-while-driving laws.

    Her passion has led her on a statewide campaign to drum up support to pressure the legislature to strengthen the state’s texting and driving laws.

  • Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

    Just over five years ago Marguerite Robinson hovered in the background when her husband, Jerry, was elected to the Williston City Council and was, for a short time, its president.

    Now it will be Mr. Robinson who lingers in the shadows since Williston's newest council member is Mrs. Robinson.

    Tuesday night, Judge Tim Browning swore in the new councilwoman who qualified without opposition to fill the unexpired term of Tim Hass who resigned in July.

  • County criticized over handling of insurance, wage changes

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners Tuesday came under criticism during public comments for their handling of recent changes to insurance and wages for county employees.

    The Board on July 18 voted unanimously to cap insurance payouts while offering tiered offsets in the form of increased wages.

  • Ten Broeck earns two first place finishes

    A rotting bivalve and an assassination attempt helped Williston Pioneer Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck claim two first place writing awards at the Florida Press Association's annual conference Aug. 11 in Naples.

  • HandiCapable

    Five years ago, Tim Hamilton wasn't sure whether he would live or die.

    Fighting two horrendous infections, he woke up in a hospital bed at Shands to discover he was now minus a leg. An amputation – at the hip – was necessary to save his life.

    In the weeks, months and years that followed, Tim slowly recovered and learned to adapt to life minus a limb.

    His life as he knew it: contractor, fisherman and hunter, was over.

    Or was it?

  • CRA selects vendors for veterans' memorial

    Six months ago, the checking accounting for the veterans' memorial, proposed by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), had $7,067.

    A campaign, led by Vietnam veteran David Wilson, and supported by the CRA and the Williston Chamber of Commerce, began in earnest in March and as of last week, that account now has over $48,000.

    However, it may not be enough to see the project through to completion.