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  • Primary Election is today. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Airport will see vast improvements at minimal cost to the city

    With the resignation of one city councilman and two more on vacation, Tuesday’s Williston City Council meeting was brief and to the point.

    After calling for a special election, the council passed two resolutions that will be improvements and enhancements to the Williston Airport. Councilors Elihu Ross and Charles Goodman voted via a telephone conference call.

    The first project, valued at over $3.2 million, will only cost the city about $42,000 and will improve Taxiway A.

  • County tentatively OKs rollback millage

    The Levy County Commission unanimously adopted a higher property tax millage of 8.5759, up from 7.8144, but that may not be the final word on the property tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

    Under state law, the millage adopted at Tuesday’s meeting for the TRIM (Truth in millage) property tax notices this month — and known as the rollback rate — cannot go higher, but it can be lowered.

    The rate will bring in $13,862,208, just $1.2 million over last year’s $12,626,459 for the county General Revenue Fund.

  • Water doused on fire talks

    The Chiefland and Cedar Key commissions’ suggestions that the Levy County Commission hold a public workshop on fire operations is unanimously tabled until those officials first talk with County Fire Chief David Knowles. 

    “Allow him the opportunity to sit down with you,” Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) told Norm Fugate, Chiefland and Cedar Key city attorney, and Chiefland Vice Mayor Teresa Barron. 

  • Smart911 helps e-workers help you

    On Monday Levy County E911 implemented Smart911 to enhance delivery of 9-1-1 emergency services for area citizens.

    Rave Mobile Safety’s Smart911 is a public/private partnership creating a first-of-its-kind, critical caller database that is already helping citizens and emergency responders across 20 states. 

    Currently, when 9-1-1 receives a call, only a phone number and minimal levels of location data are displayed. 

  • Morriston Buzz

    By Amanda Barney

    Special to the Pioneer

  • Vote Tuesday

    Levy County voters will have lots of choices come next Tuesday when the state primary gets under way when the polls open at 7 a.m.

    Local county races that will choose a nominee Tuesday include the sheriff, county commission districts 1 and 3 and supervisor of elections. Non-partisan races include school board district 2 and the county judge. The supervisor of elections post will be decided Tuesday since there is no Democrat challenger for the general election in November.

  • 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.