Local News

  • EMS cuts in service just a rumor

    Citizens and medics packed the Levy County Board of Commissioners meeting room to let the commissioners know the county’s Emergency Medical Services should be kept at the same level and possibly improved.
    The crowd of about 70 people filled every chair and lined the walls as the commission had a workshop Tuesday dubbed a discussion on “current and future county issues and EMS.“

  • Sheriff’s office moves to silent dispatch

    Officials with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office said in a meeting last week that the agency needs to hire four new dispatchers and switch over to a communication system known as silent dispatching.
    “I really do believe our county will be better served,” Sheriff Johnny Smith told about 25 representatives from various agencies throughout the county in attendance at the meeting held at the sheriff’s office.

  • Williston changes meeting format

    What could have been a lengthy meeting thanks to its 16-item agenda went smoothly Tuesday night as the Williston City Council started a new way of conducting meetings.
    At the beginning of the session, President Marc Nussel announced to the audience of about 20 that the public comment portion of the meeting had been removed from the agenda.
    Nussel said as president it was up to him to preside and conduct the meetings in a manner he saw fit, and on his own decided to delete public comments.

  • Race to the Finish

    Fifteen Williston Cub Scouts competed in the Pinewood Derby Saturday. Who brought home the winner's trophy? See this week's Williston Pioneer for the answer.

  • Browning settles into role after rewarding first year
  • 11 throw hat in ring for county commission seat

    Eleven people have applied to be appointed to the vacant District 1 Board of County Commissioners position according to applications released by Gov. Rock Scott's office.
    The applicants are: Sunshine D. Baynard, Abraham Blitch, Edith Brown, Noel Desmond, Darryl Diamond, Michael Joyner, John Meeks, Anthony Phillips, Jack Schofield, David Stone and Tony Berlon Weeks.

  • Lions Club President Erv Kauffman dies at 67

    Erv Kauffman found peace and satisfacton in working and helping others. The combinaton led the Illinois native to almost single-handedly spearhead a campaign to revitalize the Williston Lions Club in 2009.
    Day in and day out for almost two years, he devoted himself to fund-raising, coordinating and looking for ways the club could benefit both individuals and businesses in his adopted home of Williston.
    That dedication and devotion came to an end Jan. 21 when Kauffman, 67, died from complications associated with liver cancer.

  • Candidates to debate; city to hold workshop

    Candidates for Williston City Council will square off in a head-to-head debate Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.
    The debate begins at 6 p.m. at the Williston Community Center, adjacent to city hall.
    Scheduled to participate are Steve Holcomb and Norm Fugate, candidates for Group A and Debra French Jones and Jerry Robinson, candidates for Group C.
    Event organizers invite public participation and asks that you come prepared to ask questions on issues that concern you.

  • Sheriff's Office seeks third man in armed home invasion

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating the third suspect in an armed home invasion on Tuesday morning that terrorized the home health worker caring for an 81-year-old woman who was asleep in another room, according to a press release

    Stefan Lernard Lattimore, 35, of Gainesville is being sought on a warrant for armed home invasion robbery.  Lattimore may be in the Gainesville area and he should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the press release.

  • Out with the old, in with the new

    In the span of eight weeks, the faces of three key players in the city of Williston will have changed.
    Already gone is Norm Fugate, former city attorney who resigned Jan. 4. Jan. 27 will mark the last day for Valerie Anderson, city clerk and Police Chief Dan Davis has announced his retirement, slated for the end of February.
    Fugate, city attorney for almost 15 years,  resigned, citing differences with the city council. He read his resignation letter and it was only after he finished that he presented council members with a copy.