Local News

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By Winnelle Horne
    Special to the Pioneer

     The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Nov 4 at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  It was a very busy day as several of the quilters are beginning to put up quilts for the Show.  There is much to be done and it takes time.
     First we have our Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 18 and after that we can finish and get ready for the Show (Nov. 26 – Dec. 5).  Then it’s time to get ready for the State Fair in Tampa.

  • Yearty asks appellate court to vacate convictions

    Sammy Yearty, the Levy County Commission chair convicted on federal bribery charges and lying to the FBI, has outlined the grounds for overturning his convictions to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
    Yearty, who is serving a 33-month sentence at the federal corrections facility in Pensacola, was indicted in October 2008 and arrested on Nov. 5, 2008. the day after winning re-election to the seat he had held since the 70s.

  • Buy a smoke alarm, save a life

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck
    The deaths of five children in a Citra house fire Monday have left people shaking their head and wondering how it could have happened.
    According to news reports, the house had a smoke alarm but it wasn’t working.
    That was enough to spur Williston Police Chief Dan Davis to spearhead a campaign here to ensure that those who want, need or cannot afford smoke alarms can have them.

  • A tisket, a tasket: Make a bid on a basket

    Run, don’t walk, to the Williston Public Library!  
    The main rooms have been temporarily redecorated with beautiful Christmas baskets of every description.
    Each year, the Friends of the Williston Public Library (FOWL) holds an Open House and Silent Auction of Christmas baskets and fine crafts and merchandise.
     This is the library’s major annual fund-raiser, and all money raised by the event is used to fund upgrades to the library’s environment and equipment.   

  • County will salute veterans Saturday

    Veterans and their families will be honored Saturday, Nov. 13 during the Levy County Veterans Parade held on U.S. 19 in Chiefland.
     Veterans are invited to meet at the Chiefland High School at 10:30 a.m. to participate.  Uniforms are not required but would be great.  Call Frank McCoy at 486-2953 for more information or to reserve a spot on the float.

  • Jail gets heat because sheriff needs it

    The boiler that provides heat for the Levy County jail almost provides heat for the sheriff’s office so the county commission has approved replacing the 20 years plus piece of equipment.
    Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Sheffield told the Levy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the annual pre-winter inspection of the boiler that provides heat for the jail showed it needed to be replaced. In an email to County Coordinator Freddie Moody, Sheffield wrote “Must be replaced, dangerous to run it...”

  • It was a sweet day for Levy 4-Hers

    The four judges took about an hour to make it from one end of the room to the other.  Slowly they moved, slicing little layered cubes of spongy bread and icing from cakes that resembled miniature farms, exotic landscapes and football fields.
    “There’s some inconsistency in this cake,” one judge said.  “One part of it is breaking up. One part is really moist.”
    “It may be a mixing issue,” another said, jotting notes on a form.
    “It’s too moist,” the first reiterated.

  • Bride’s murder means life sentence for groom

    A jury took three hours to decide that newlywed Felicia Fine’s death was premeditated 1st degree murder by her husband, Charles Edwin Duke, 24, condemning him to spend the rest of his life in state prison.
    The decision on Friday, Oct. 29, came two weeks after what would have been their first wedding anniversary and 358 days after Duke fired one shot from a single-shot .45 caliber handgun into Fine’s head at the Rosewood home the couple shared with Duke’s friend Justin White.

  • Army is way for two to see the world

    Two Williston natives are capitalizing on what the Army can do for them as they, in turn, ponder what they can do for the Army.
    Deonte White and Robert L. Mozell Jr. are home on leave this week after enlisting to serve in the U.S. Army.
    White, the son of Kursey Carngie and grandson of Carl Carnegie, did his basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla. and will be stationed next in Georgia at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, His job is logistics.

  • Hospital gets new owner; major overall under way

    For the third time in 18 months the hospital in Williston is under new management, but this time it’s going to stick, says new owner and CEO Jerry Gillman.
    With 40 years under his belt in hospital administration, Gillman knew when he first considered buying the hospital he would have his work cut out for him.
    Never was anything more true, he said, because when he came on as a consultant in June, he discovered their were 10-12 serious AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) violations hanging over the 40-bed hospital.