Local News

  • 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.

  • Suwannee River Fair Schedule

    This Week’s Schedule
    Fairgrounds are open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
    Friday, March 18
    3-5:30 p.m. — Steer entry
    5-5:30 p.m. — Consumer judging registration
    5:30 p.m. — Primary and senior judging event
    6 p.m. — Junior judging event
    6:30-8 p.m. — Creative Life Skills entry (non-food items)
    Saturday, March 19
    7-10 a.m. — Swine entry
    9-11 a.m. Creative Life Skills entry
    10:30 -11 a.m. Livestock judging demonstration

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By Winnelle Horne

  • SHINE will answer Medicare questions

    Do you have questions about your options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, disability, supplemental insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare billings?
    If you do, come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, for one-on-one counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a SHINE Volunteer.
    SHINE will be at:

  • Golf tourney benefits RFL

    The employees of Central Florida Electric Cooperative are pleased to announce that the Third Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament will be held on April 9,  beginning with breakfast at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m., at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club, in Chiefland.
    The tournament registration fee is $150 for a four-person team, which includes green fees, cart, plus competitions for the longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin.

  • Postmark will commemorate Railroad Days

    The communities of Bronson, Otter Creek, and Cedar Key will come alive on Saturday, March 19 with a full day of railroad activities planned to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Completion of the Florida Railroad.
       According to notes found in the David Levy Yulee Papers at the University of Florida’ís P.K. Yonge Library, the last spike of the 155.5-mile rail line from Fernandina to Cedar Key was driven on March 16, 1861.