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  • Company looks to Williston for future

    Hoseline Inc., one of only three companies that manufactures air conditioning and heating units for emergency vehicles and handcart units used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, took a step toward their long-range goal of moving to Williston.

    The family-owned company’s request for a change in the Levy County Future Land Use Plan for 10.58 acres on County Road 316 and U.S. Highway 27 was approved last week by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners.

  • County looks for budget slice

    No one asked Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith about the 3 percent pay raise he gave deputies in May when he spoke at the Levy Board of County Commissioners’ budget workshop on Monday.

    When Smith mentioned it, he was told how he spends money budgeted by the commissioners is up to him. He was also told to cut his request down by 5 percent from this year’s funding.

  • Free puppet show Monday

    A free performance of puppetry by the Red String Wayang Theatre will be held Monday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Williston Public Library, 10 SE First St.

    The program is made possible with funding from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the arts and the Florida departmentof State Division of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding was provided by the Appleton Museum Endowment for Instruction and Library.

  • Camp Safe Haven is Saturday

    Sadness, anger, confusion — these are some of the feelings people experience when dealing with grief. However, children and adults do not grieve in the same way, so a different counseling approach is needed.

  • Pioneer, Citizen win eight FPA awards

    Reporters and editors for the Williston Pioneer and the Chiefland Citizen walked away last week with eight writing awards from the Florida Press Association during its annual luncheon celebrating its Better Newspaper Contest.

  • State pays for new ambulance

    The state of Florida passed out money for emergency medical services this week and Levy County received the largest amount of money in the state — $120,600.

    The money, in the form of a 90/10 matching grant will allow the county to purchase a new ambulance and to take one of its high-milage units off the road, said Trish Seibold, director of Levy County Emergency Medical Services. The county’s match will b $13,400.

  • Yearty reports to prison

    William Samuel Yearty, 64, convicted of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer wanting to build a project in Levy County and lying to the FBI in an interview, became inmate 20575-017 on Tuesday when he reported to the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola.

    The 30-year veteran of the Levy County Commission and its chairman found himself among the facility’s minimum security inmates at Sauffley Field, a U.S. Navy base.

  • City’s audit clean

    Williston’s fiscal report is clean, councilors learned Tuesday, but attention was called to a possible downward trend in the city’s net assets by auditor Ben Doerr Jr. of the James Moore Company.

    Doerr suggested the downward spiral may have been caused by unrestricted spending over the last two years.

    The audit was for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009.

    Doerr also touched on the possibility of expediting the fiscal auditing process by leaving out the examination of pension funding, due to a lack of change for the last several years.

  • Website update

    Due the the July 4 holiday and staff vacations, the Williston Pioneer website was not updated last week.

    Regular online readers can still find copies of the July 1 edition throughout the Bronson/Williston area and at our office at 37 South Main Street, Williston.

    The website will be updated Friday, July 9.

  • $35,000 missing from economic development

    Carol McQueen, chair of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and vice chair of the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency, confirmed for the Levy County Commission what has been rumored for several months: that money is missing from the agencies’ accounts and a the director who resigned in January is under investigation.

    McQueen was not on the agenda for the Tuesday commission meeting when she spoke during the public comment portion and revealed that about $35,000 was missing.