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  • 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.

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  • Teen dies in single vehicle accident

    A Williston boy was killed Tuesday in a single car accident on Hwy. 121S, less than a mile from town.

    Theodore J. Radacky, 16, was traveling south on Hwy. 121 around 2:50 p.m., when for an unknown reason, he traveled onto the grassy portion of the west side shoulder, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The front of the 2000 Chevrolet SUV hit a light pole, causing the vehicle to spin clockwise. It then struck a fence and a small tree in the fence line as it traveled into a livestock field.

  • FWC holds workshop Thursday on exotic animals

    The state agency that regulates the licensing of exotic animals held in captivity will hold a public workshop tonight (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear public comment on proposed rule changes.

  • Morriston man shot during alleged drug deal

    An Apopka man is being held in the Marion County jail where he is facing a charge of attempted homicide, according to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    James Douglas Sexton, 21, was arrested in Ocala June 6 after authorities investigated a shooting that occurred the day before on SE 181 Court, Morriston.

    Upon arrival at the residence deputies found Joshua Eubanks lying on the ground bleeding from multiple gun shot wounds.  The victim’s girlfriend, Rebecca Saverns and her 4-month-old child was present during the shooting.