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  • Special election set for Sept. 25

    It’s time again for politician wannabes to come forward and test the waters, as the city of Williston will hold a special election Sept. 25 to fill in the unexpired term of former Councilor Jerry Robinson who resigned last month for personal reasons.

    At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the council members called for the election and set the date for Sept. 25.

    Qualifying for the post will begin at noon Sept. 10 and close at noon Sept. 14 for Robinson’s seat that expires  in April 2013.

  • Local robbery part of five-state operation

    The July 4 theft of a truck from Maguire’s Auto Repair and power lawn equipment from Lane’s Yardware has turned into a theft-ring that crosses nine Florida counties and five states, according to Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow.
    Sgt. James Bond of the Williston Police department tracked the local theft to Opalocka where he, and other law enforcement personnel discovered many stolen items at a local flea market.
    Since then nine search warrants have been executed and several thousand power tools have been recovered  (see photo page 12).

  • 11 horses perish in stable fire

    A Williston horse stable complex was destroyed Sunday and 11 horses died when a fire broke out after midnight.
    When Williston Fire Rescue arrive around 2:01 a.m., the stable was fully engulfed. Back up from Levy County Rescye Engine 783, Marion County Fire rescue and Bronson Fire Rescue was utilized for  more than six hours during the fire.
    Firefighters removed the metal roof to help extinguish the flames. Personnel was released shortly after 8 a.m.

  • Tentative millage rate unchanged

    Williston City Council members left no wiggle room Tuesday when they set the 2012-2013 tentative millage rate at 5.9025 mills–the same as in years past.
    By law, a governing body can reduce a millage rate once a tentative one is approved but it can never increase it once a tentative number is adopted to offset a budget that is not yet prepared.

  • Authorities look for missing Williston man

     MISSING: Be on the lookout for James (Jimmy) Robert Sager, 70, of  16131 NE 3rd Place, Williston. He was last seen at 7:30 p.m. July 25 in a 2004 Gray Toyota van bearing Florida Tag #. Van is dented up and has a black leather bra in the front. Disabled Veterans Tag # DV72706.

    Sager is 5’10”, weighs 250 pounds. He has gray hair and hazel eyes.

    Without medication, he suffers from symptoms similar to dementia.

  • Williston man missing
  • Candidates’ gloves come off as primary nears

    Almost two weeks ago the Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce political rally was a pretty calm affair with candidates talking about themselves and what they would do to be elected.

    Last Friday, in a political rally sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 the words were more heated in several races.

  • Williston’s Sgt. Ratchett competes in Best Warrior Competition

    By Timothy Hale

    Special to the Pioneer

    FORT McCOY, Wis. - The U.S. Army Reserve Command announced the winners of the 2012 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition today at the American Legion Post in Sparta, Wis.

    The 2012 Army Reserve Best Warrior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year is Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Rios. A Corrections Specialist, Rios is a native of Ozone Park, N.Y. Rios represented the 84th Training Command in the competition.

  • Election will fill vacant council post

    Williston voters will make a special trip to the polls this fall to select a new council member after the abrupt resignation of Jerry Robinson at the conclusion of the July 17 meeting.

    Robinson, the council’s president, was last elected in March 2011 and tendered his resignation last week citing personal reasons.

    Since then the city clerk, also charged with handling city elections, has been preparing data for the council so it can call a special meeting when it convenes at its next meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7, according to Mayor Gerald Hethcoat.

  • BOCC cuts $2 million from budget

    The Levy County Commission, displeased that its “cut your budget requests” went unheeded,  went line by line over the proposals and cut them.
    In the end, the board removed more than $2 million in proposed expenditures for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.  Chief among the targets were items where the same amount of dollars were requested for three years but was never spent.