Local News

  • State budget cut could cost school jobs


    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.

  • Preserving the past–for the future

    James Brown had to think hard about what he likes about working on the old Shell Pond School.

    “It hasn’t hit me yet. It hasn’t jelled,” The 56-year-old carpenter said, gripping a handsaw and standing in front of a pile of salvaged timber. “That’s a tough question. It’s such a simple structure. What it can become, I guess. That’s what it’s about.”

  • WWII vets to meet Thursday at Ivy House

    World War II vets will meet Thursday,  May 12 at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston.
    Last month's meeting was at Salt Creek Restaurant in Suwannee. New members were Victor and Dorothy Durrance of Old Town and Gainesville. The couple has returned to Texas but will return in the fall to resume their residency.
    Mr. Durrance and Bob Heise had a long discussion about their war time experience.
    For questions or more information, call Virginia Lewis at 528-2310 or Dot Halvorsen at542-7697.


  • Wanted: Public Safety Director

    Levy County is in the market for a new public safety director who – depending on who you listen to – will split their time  70 percent to emergency medical services and 30 percent to fire services, or 80 percent medical and 20 percent fire, or  85/15.

  • Justin Fairbanks needs your help

    Justin Fairbanks, 9-year-old son of Kymber Altman and Matt Wilkinson has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and will be hospitalized at Shands for the six month duration of his treatment.
    A fund to help defray the family’s expenses has been established at Perkins State Bank. To make contributions, use this information:
    Perkins State Bank
    Justin Fairbanks and/or Kymber Altman
    Routing # 063102783
    Account # 100939462

  • Hanging Up the Cleats

    It is going to be hard for a lot of Williston Red Devil Baseball fans next season when the sight and sounds of Red Devil Baseball Head Coach Jim Smith are absent following his surprise retirement announcement  April 29.
    Smith turned in his notice from his head coaching position after 23 years, the last 15 at the helm of the Williston Red Devils.
    Smith was faced with this life changing decision following some personal health issues.