Local News

  • Levy unemployment drops to 11.4%

    Unemployment in Levy County dropped to 11.4 percent in February, a figure not seen for at least two years.

  • Coyotes on the prowl

    Twenty-five years ago, many Floridians might have thought of coyotes as animals scratching out a living amid the arid landscapes of the Southwestern United States. After all, it was usually a desert mesa that Wily Coyote plummeted from in pursuit of the Roadrunner, not the top of a cabbage palm or granddaddy oak.
    But sometime in the late 1980s, biologists started documenting the movements of coyotes to the southeastern part of the country.

  • Homemakers protest drug testing

    A homemakers group — with most members over age 55 — took the Levy County Commission to task for requiring they provide urine samples for drug tests in order to do volunteer work in the county’s libraries.

  • Sheriff won’t charge for dispatch — this year

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has decided not to charge local police and fire agencies for its dispatch services in the coming fiscal year as planned.
    Previously, Sheriff Johnny Smith had told municipal police and fire, and county fire and emergency medical services that their agencies would have to pay as much as $40,000 a year for dispatch services now provided free by his department. The charges were to start Oct. 1 and every agency would be required to purchase a $7,500 software program to become part of the sheriff’s silent dispatch system.

  • All aboard

    Chunky Pond, Levyville, Bronson–no matter what it was called, it was always the centerpiece of Levy County.
    That was but one of the hundreds of historical snippets shared Saturday as Levy County celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Atlantic to the Gulf Railroad that connected Fernadina Beach to Cedar Key.
    The brainchild of David Levy Yulee, Florida senator and the first Jewish member of Congress, the railroad began in 1856 and after several starts-stops, at last reached Cedar Key in 1861.

  • Public hearing slated for April 4 Tarmac mine

    By Mike Wright
    Special to the Pioneer

    Every day thousands of vehicles crawl through downtown Crystal River as they head north or south.
    City officials are cringing at the thought of adding heavy rock trucks to that mix.
    A company’s proposal for a limestone mine just north of Inglis includes promises of up to 250 trucks per day heading south on U.S. 19 through Crystal River — and the same amount returning empty to the quarry.

  • Eight city streets scheduled for repaving

    While the pot holes may not be quite big enough to hide a vehicle, some city streets are in rough condition.
    Residents along those deteriorating thoroughfares got good news Tuesday night when Williston City Council learned of the 2011 asphalt repaving schedule.
    Portions, or all, of eight city streets will be resurfaced this year, City Manager Marcus Collins said.
    Slated for work are: NE 11th Street, SE 4th Lane, NW 1st Street, NE 1st Street, South Main Street, NW 4th Street, SE 4th Street and SE 10th Street.

  • Third home invasion suspect charged

    A third man sought in a Feb. 1 home invasion in Williston has been arrested and jailed in Alachua County.
    Stefan Lernard Lattimore, 35, of Gainesville is being held under $20,000 bond in the Alachua County Jail on three counts of failure to appear in court as promised.
    He also has an outstanding arrest warrant from Levy County on armed home invasion robbery.

  • Railroad Days chug into Levy

    It was a political defeat that set the wheels in motion for the development of Levy County.
    David Levy Yulee, an advocate for Florida statehood and the state’s first U.S. Senator, did not win re-election in 1850, so he revived a plan he had from 1837 to build a railroad across Florida through land grants and the sale of stock.

  • Monterey Boats heading Down Under

    Monterey Boats of Williston is headed to Australia’s Gold Coast to the 23rd Annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with the help of a state grant to seek new dealers and new sales.
    Susan Dean, international sales manager for the sport boat and fishing yacht manufacturer, said Enterprise Florida is providing a $1,650 grant to defray 50 percent of the cost of booth space at the four-day show.