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  • Julia Haile dies

    A former Levy County School Board member who was the first African American elected to county-wide office has died.

    Julia L. Haile, 82, died March 15, 2008.

    She moved from Valdosta, Ga., to Chiefland in 1957 where she taught in the Levy County Public School system until her retirement. She was elected in 1996 as a School Board member; she served two terms and was voted chairperson in her final year.

  • Bell crticizes lack of bids

    BRONSON - Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell voted "No" in a 4-1 decision on March 18 to seek bids with a $50,000 ceiling for some specific medical equipment.

    This bid, Bell told the Chiefland Citizen, is just an obligatory action that circumvents the process, which had been established to find the lowest and best bids for goods and services.

    A unique set of circumstances led to Bell's blasting the other four county commissioners.

  • Schools start discussing possible cuts

    By CLAUDE LEWIS

    For the Pioneer

    BRONSON - The storm clouds that were on the horizon are now here for the School Board of Levy County.

    Financial officer Robert Clemons believes that with proper precautions, Levy will be able to survive the spring state budget cut storm. The 2008-09 school year is another story.

    With additional state funding cuts estimated at more than a half million dollars, Levy is preparing to make moves that could shave a big chunk of money.

  • Williston Chamber ready to move

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce is apparently about to move.

    The City Council Tuesday night approved a six-month use of the annex building on Southwest Seventh Street by the Chamber. By that time, a decision on a new City Hall location should have been made, opening up other possibilities for the business organization.

    Justin Head, president of the Chamber, was an addition to the agenda, and told the council that the current office on South Main Street "is a little more costly than we can afford."

  • The (horse) show must go on

    After days of stormy weather and a record 4-plus inches of rain, the opening weekend horse show at the Suwannee River Fair still went on.

    "We put down 52 loads of sand and eight loads of clay, and spent four days spreading it," said horse show organizer Holly Houghton.

    Despite the intensive preparation, participation was down at this year's horse show. Some participants said other prospective riders had stayed away because of the new rule requiring helmets to be worn.

  • Two face burglary charges

    Two late-night burglaries last week were allegedly solved by Williston Police with the apprehension of a man and a juvenile the following night.

    According to a report from the police, the City Barber Shop at 37 N. Main St. was burglarized at about 11 p.m. and a telephone was taken. About half an hour later a burglary took place at Williston Sports, where more than $2,000 worth of items were taken.

  • Easter egg hunt delayed one week

    Because of this weekend's weather, the Rotary Easter Egg hunt has been postponed until March 15, according to City Manager Jim Coleman, a former president of the Rotary Club, which sponsors the event.

  • No bad beef in local schools

    Parents nationwide were alarmed and appalled when they learned that a major beef supplier to schools across the country was being accused of cattle abuse.

    A recent video showed sick cows heading to the slaughterhouse at the California-based Westland/Hallmark plant.

    Worries ran rampant of potentially diseased meat being fed to schoolkids across the USA.

    Reportedly, 143 million pounds of beef was recalled - 37 million from school lunch programs.

  • Shadow Trailers office approved

    In its regular meeting Tuesday, the Williston City Council approved additional office space at the new Shadow Trailers site at the Industrial Park. Larry Pruitt, a principal in the Shadow Trailers enterprise, assured council members that work was progressing smoothly at the new site. He said that he hopes to move in early in April, but expects that May 1 is more realistic.

  • Holloway elected

    About one hour after the Williston city election Tuesday, the canvassing board presented its findings to the council for its certification.

    County Commissioner Danny Stevens, representing the board (which also included city manager Jim Coleman, city clerk Barbara Henson and Williston Police Department Chief Dan Davis) announced that the City Council seat in Group E had been won by Brooks Holloway, 138-58, over Lindsey Hager.

    Mike Shoemaker won the group D seat unopposed, and R. Gerald Hethcoat will serve another term as mayor.