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  • Bell announces candidacy for District 4

    Ryan Bell of Chiefland has announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat held by incumbent Lilly Rooks of Rosewood on the Levy County Board of County Commissioners.

    Bell, a fifth generation Levy County resident, is the second candidate in the Republican Party primary being held Aug. 24. He will face off against Noel K. Desmond.

  • Next school year could be financial train wreck

    The School Board of Levy County is one of 13 school districts in Florida that may not receive federal funds that could be used to assist in reforming education and turning around struggling area schools.

    The Levy County Education Association refused to sign a memorandum of understanding that stated the district’s willingness to participate in the Race to the Top program. If Florida is granted the $700 million it is applying for, Levy County could lose out on $1.145 million over four years.

    The deadline to sign the memorandum was Tuesday, May 25.

  • The Williston Pioneer is on the street

    Graduation 2010: A salute to Williston High School Class of 2010

    Unwanted visitor makes way into family's yard

    It's hurricane season. Are you prepared?

    FFA Middle School Honors

    Memorial Day Celebrations in Bronson and Williston

    New candidate for District 4, county commission

    Lady Red Devils Softball Banquet

    WHS Band Banquet

    School News

    Local arrests

  • Hurricane season to be active, so be prepared

    Hurricane season began Tuesday and national hurricane watchers predict the storm season will be active, while a poll of coastal residents appears to find relaxed attitudes in preparations.

    But in Levy County, Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson takes the approach of hurricane season seriously and will be conducting a hurricane tipoff meeting for public officials on June 9.

  • Party planned for Philpot

    The Williston FFA Alumni and other friends are in the early stages of planning a retirement reception for Robert Philpot.

    Philpot has been an Ag Teacher at Williston High School since 1973 and is retiring at the end of this school year. The reception has been planned for Saturday, May 15 at the Williston Middle School Cafetorium from 3-6 p.m.

  • Elderly don’t have to be victims

    With the nation’s aging population continuing to increase significantly, more and more elderly people find themselves as victims of assorted frauds and abuse.

    The key to not being a victim is knowledge, according to Colleen Duris, guest speaker Tuesday at Williston’s Rotary Club meeting.

    Duris, an Ocala attorney who is board certified in Elderlaw, told Rotary members thay the largest percentage of those who exploit the elderly are their children, followed by a relative, an employer, a neighbor or a sibling.

  • Who are you, Nicole?

    There’s almost nothing better than slipping either a Dove milk or dark chocolate into your mouth and savoring the rich sweetness that it offers.

    That is, unless you like to read the messages of inspiration included on the wrapper those little delicacies come in.

    There are half dozen or more varieties of the morsels and wrappers to match.

    Imagine Pamela Stine’s surprise this week when a co-worker gave her a chocolate and shared that the one she had just opened had words of inspiration penned by a Williston resident.

  • County getting bariatric ambulance

    Patients who are obese will soon have a new ride to the hospital — one that is safer for the patient and the Levy County Emergency Medical Services crew.

    Trish Siebold, director of EMS, speaking at the Board of County Commissioners’s regular semi-monthly meeting on Tuesday revealed the plans for the new bariatric ambulance.

    She said one of the older, high mileage ambulances taken out of service when two new ones were purchased will be outfitted to handle larger patients using money in the EMS budget.

  • Unemployment down again

    April was a good month for Levy County residents to find work as the jobless figure dropped to 12.6 percent — almost a 1 percent drop from March when it was 13.5.

    The news was doubly good for the county as it is the second month in a row that the number of jobless residents has dropped.

  • Crime is down

    One thing is certain, crime is down in Florida, Levy County and all but one of its municipalities overall and that is good news considering the state of the economy.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report for 2009 was released several weeks ago and buried in the stack of figures is good news. Based on reports made by various agencies in Levy County the overall rate of crime dropped by 5.4 percent in 2009 when compared to 2008.