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  • Drought not yet critical to area

    By MARK SCOHIER

    news2@chieflandcitizen.com

    While the effects of little to no rain are obvious in the flow of area springs and rivers, farm experts agree that the record-breaking drought is still too early in its development to cause much worry for farmers in the tri-county area.

  • ‘Ain’t no sunshine’ in Williston

    For almost two years Williston residents have waited for an alternative to high electric bills. 

    They’re going to have to wait a little longer.

    After a presentation Tuesday night by a Gainesville firm that specializes in solar energy, the Williston City Council agreed that there is no funding to develop a system and the city will have to pass–for now–on the venture.

  • Valentine dinner is benefit for Relay for Life

    The First United Methodist Church’s Relay for Life Team will hold its annual Valentine’s Dinner  Sunday, Feb. 12 from 5-7 p.m.  
    The menu includes an appetizer, prime rib, salad, twice baked potatoes, dessert and beverage for $25. This also includes  fine dining music from local talent.
    Call the church office to schedule your reservation.  528-3636.
     “This is a time to spend with your “sweetie” or join someone as you celebrate/remember those who have been affected by cancer,” a spokesman said.

  • Davis will not seek another term

    Beth Davis, who has served on the Levy County School Board for 12 years, announced this week she will not seek re-election.
    In a statement, Davis said,  “I would like to announce my intention not to run for re-election for the Levy County School Board, Dist. 2 position.
     “I want to thank the people of Levy County for allowing me to serve in this capacity for the past 12 years. I consider this experience an honor.

  • Oz Barker will seek re-election

    Osborn “Oz” Barker will seek re-election to the post he serves as Levy County Property Appraiser. Below is his announcement.
    “It is with a heart full of gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity that you have given me over the past three plus years, that I hereby announce my intention to seek re-election as your Levy County Property Appraiser. I am truly grateful and humbled that you chose to elect me to serve you, the residents of this wonderful county, in this position of leadership.

  • Quilt Museum founder Winnelle Horne dies at 87

    A former editor of this newspaper gave a staff writer her very first assignment that was more than a story:
    Go to the Quilt Museum and meet Miss Winnelle and do a story on the 4H sewing camp.
    What the editor did not say was: If Miss Winnelle likes you, you can keep your job.
    Winnelle Horne was the straight talking director of the Levy County Quilt Museum, one of Levy County's jewels.
    Miss Winnelle died Monday at the age of 87.

  • Quilt Museum founder Winnelle Horne dies at 87

    A former editor of this newspaper gave a staff writer her very first assignment that was more than a story:
    Go to the Quilt Museum and meet Miss Winnelle and do a story on the 4H sewing camp.
    What the editor did not say was: If Miss Winnelle likes you, you can keep your job.
    Winnelle Horne was the straight talking director of the Levy County Quilt Museum, one of Levy County's jewels.
    Miss Winnelle died Monday at the age of 87.

  • Who will be Pioneer of the Year?

    For more than a decade, the spirit of the Williston Pioneer–the person, not the newspaper–has gone unheralded. This month that problem will be recitified.
    Each month through December, the newspaper will salute an individual who most typifies the Pioneer spirit–blazing new trails, making a difference in the community and standing out among  his peers as a mover and shaker.

  • Gingrich wins Levy GOP primary vote

    Mitt Romney may have carried Florida but it was Newt Gingrich who carried Levy County in Tuesday's GOP  presidential primary. But the good news was not in the results, but in the voting itself.

    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections website reported — all precincts in — that 3,632 of the county's 8,457 registered    Republicans cast ballots.

    That number was music to the ears of County GOP Executive Committee Chair Michelle Finnen.

  • Bronson Council members at odds with each other

    Although several agenda items were voted unanimously in favor of and put to rest at last week's Bronson Town Council meeting, one issue continued to rear it's ugly head: council members are not getting along.

    "Are you calling me a liar?" Council Member Berlon Weeks asked Vice-Mayor Franklin Schuler over an issue regarding the potential annexation of a nearby subdivision discussed at the meeting two weeks ago—a meeting Schuler missed.