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  • Oel Wingo tapped as interim city manager

    True to her word Monday night, newly appointed interim city manager Oel Wingo was on the job by 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    Wingo was chosen in a 4-1 vote in a special called city council meeting, following council members’ interviews with three potential interim managers.
    Councilor Brooks Holloway was the lone dissenter, averring he saw no need for an interim manager since he believed a full-time person could be hired quickly–perhaps in two to three weeks.

  • Man charged in machete attack on dog

    Gary Denning, 50, of Trenton is facing a felony cruelty to an animal charge after he attacked the family's pet Golden Retriever with a machete severing its spinal cord on Thursday, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The dog, severely injured from being struck several times with a machete, was alive when deputies arrived, but was later euthanized by Levy County Animal Control.
    Denning told deputies the dog was not aggressive and he was getting back at his brother-in-law following an altercation over small dent in Denning's truck.

  • BOCC closes road despite loud protest

    Residents of Ocala Highlands West who packed the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were outraged by the board’s 2-1 decision to close the only Levy County road they have used to go in and out of their neighborhood.
    Southwest 216 Terrace, between County Road 464 and Southeast 59th Lane, is six-tenths of a mile long and it is owned, not by Levy County, but by descendants of Emory Priest, who requested its closure.

  • Negotiations to begin for property for new WHS

    By ADA LANG
    news@cedarkeybeacon.com

    Land was the hot topic at the latest Levy County School Board meeting but 77 acres in Williston will likely cost a pretty penny, but not in the near future.
    The committee that has been meeting regularly to locate the best site for the future Williston High School made its recommendation to the school board, but the actual acquisition is possibly years off. They started with eight sites, narrowed it down to four and ultimately to the one they consider to be the best.

  • County revenue, spending out of whack

    Revenues for the Levy County General Fund, are lagging behind estimates for the first six months of the fiscal year putting the county $1,345,342 in the red.
    County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp presented the bad news to the three commissioners in attendance at Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting in Bronson. Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) was absent from the meeting.

  • State budget cut could cost school jobs

    By ADA LANG
    news@cedarkeybeacon.com

    Falling tax revenues have forced the Legislature to cut state funding including a $4.7 million  cut to  Levy County schools that could affect as many as 50 employees.
    School Board Superintendent Robert Hastings said, there are “no sacred positions” and “nothing will be left unturned” as he looks for every way to save money and jobs.

  • Yankeetown votes to sue over Tarmac decision

    The Yankeetown Town Council has decided to file a civil action asking the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Levy County to review the Levy County Commission’s approval of a conditional special exception permit to Tarmac King Road mine near Inglis.
    The decision was anticipated by the County Commission, which on Tuesday approved spending $10,000 to hire a firm specializing in such cases at the request of County Attorney Anne Bast Brown.

  • County closes SE 216 Terrace
  • BOCC closes subdivision road

    Levy County Commission votes to close portion of Southeast 216 Terrace at property owner's request, forcing subdivision residents to use Marion County road to get in and out. Details in this week's Pioneer

  • Daylily Trippin’

    Only a few blocks from downtown Williston lays a sea of color that takes your breath away, causing you to marvel that such spendor is not in a vast rural setting, but contained expertly on three city lots.

    For Bill and Nellie Boyd, the artistry that has transformed their home and yard into a gardener’s paradise has been a labor of love.

    Bill first became enamored with daylilies back in 2000 after visiting Wimberly Way Garden and receiving the gift of a day lily called Total Perfectin.