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  • Fire merger has way to go

    BRONSON - The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Or in the case of the ongoing talks of a Bronson-Otter Creek fire department merger, the closer it seems to becoming reality, the light at the end of the end of the tunnel still seems dim.

    Already having the green light from Levy County and Otter Creek, the merger only needs the OK from the town of Bronson.

  • Williston celebrates the Fourth
  • Publisher assumes new role

    Dale Bowen, the publisher of the Chiefland Citizen, has accepted a new role with the publishing company and will give up his leadership post at the Levy County papers.

    Bowen was named advertising sales manager for the Citrus County Chronicle, the daily newspaper based in Crystal River.

    The Florida native has spent 24 years in sales and management with Landmark Community newspapers, the owner of the Citizen and the Chronicle.

    Bowen moved to Levy County in 1999 to take over the leadership of the Chiefland Citizen.

  • CRA looks at future of Williston

    If you were asked to characterize the city of Williston in a few words, with an eye to maintaining its traditional character, what would you say?

    What strikes you about the atmosphere of the center part of town that you would like to see reflected in new buildings or in the remodeling of existing buildings?

    Since its founding, the Community Redevelopment Association has been struggling with solving that puzzle and now it is grappling with the conundrum again.

  • A soldier marks July 4th

    I am a U.S. Army soldier deployed in Iraq and I was just sitting here thinking tonight ... why am I here? What is the reason for this?

    Well, this is the way I see it and what I think.

  • Pilot avoids disaster by aborting takeoff

    A small plane attempting to take off was severely damaged at the Williston Airport last Friday, when a fire erupted from both wheels.

    According to the Williston Police Dept., the plane's trainee pilot, who was not identified, heard an unusual noise from the door and decided to abort his takeoff. After he entered a second runway, flames erupted from his right wheel.

    Airport employees knocked down the flames until Williston Fire Rescue arrived and extinguished the fire.

  • No opposition for four incumbents

    Qualifying for this year's elections has ended, and four Levy County candidates find themselves elected without opposition.

    Tax Collector Linda Fugate, Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell, and School Board members Beth Davis and Paige Brookins each failed to draw an opponent.

  • City, police begin negotiations

    By Pat Hibbs

    For the Pioneer

    City of Williston labor negotiators sat down last week with their counterparts from the Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents the sworn officers of the Williston Police Department.

    Cpl. Kevin Sheppard and Sgt. Matthew Fortney represented the union, along with Clyde Jordan, a PBA staff representative from Tallahassee. Investigator James Bond and Officer Eliza Kolak also attended.

  • Archer holds Yulee-Diddley Day

    Archer's Yulee Diddley Day 2008 was a festival day like none other north of Key West or East of New Orleans.

    The kick-off day began at 9 a.m. featuring Grey Wolf, a Native American duet entertainer and song writer, performing from the Archer Railroad Museum's Depot building's back porch stage. Other entertainment followed until the parade.

  • New holiday lights, decorations on tap

    Residents and visitors and people simply passing through Williston this Christmas season will be delighted with sparkling new lights and decorations along Noble Avenue, from the top of the hill to the east city limits.

    Thanks to a generous Community Redevelopment Association allocation of funds up to $24,000, the city will be able to replace some of its older, homemade decorations, which have gotten increasingly weather-beaten and shabby over the years. With new light poles in the East Williston area, decorations will extend along the entire Noble Avenue corridor through town.