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  • 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.

  • Williston candidate forum sparks little debate

    There was almost no debate among 22 political candidates Saturday at a political forum held at the Williston Community Center.
    For three hours, a packed room listened to candidates running for eight different county seats explain why each was qualified to take office. Audience members were encouraged to ask questions during the forum, sponsored by the Williston Area AARP, though only a few took advantage of the opportunity, and questions were mostly asked of  sheriff’s candidates.

  • Reginald Stacy sings from Florida to Nevada

    Ever since he can remember, Reginald Stacy has been making music. His mother, Barbara, says when he was an infant–no more than four or six months old, he was whistling and humming.
    It was only natural as he got older that those sounds evolved into words.
    “When I was in kindergarten,” Stacy, 35, of Bronson said, “I would sing into a box fan. That’s how I learned to perfect my pitch.”
    Those crude beginnings have paid off.
    Last month Stacy competed in Talent Quest Florida–a state karaoke competition.

  • Fire, EMS assessments may go up

    Levy County fire assessments would be more than doubled to $110 from $40 per residence and the emergency medical services assessment would rise from $78 to $119 per residence under preliminary resolutions unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

  • Robinson resigns city council post

    In a surprise move 30 seconds before the city council meeting adjourned Tuesday night, President Jerry Robinson tendered  his resignation effective at 12:01 a.m. July 18.
    Robinson, a council member since April 2011 and president since December, read, “It is with a very heavy heart and after much prayer and consideration I have reached a decision for personal reasons, that  shall remain personal, to resign from the  Williston City Council effective 12:01 a.m.  July 18, 2012.”
    Robinson’s position is up for re-election in 2013.

  • Council president resigns
  • Dog kennel approved for Morriston

    A retired police officer and his fiancee have won approval to operate a dog kennel for up to 20 animals that will be used in a training operation for service, movie, tracking and law enforcement animals.
    Colby Gwyn-Williams and Jose Raul Hernandez are moving their operation from Key West to a 30-acre site on Southeast 215th Avenue — County Road 323 — in Morriston.