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  • Bronson applies for large grant

     By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Town of Bronson council unanimously passed a motion last Monday, Dec. 5, to move forward on an application process for a federal grant that could deliver up to $650,000 in funds for revitalizing housing and downtown infrastructure.

  • No pot stores rules for now

    The Levy County Commission decided to put a nine-month moratorium on any rules allowing marijuana dispensaries into the county.

    The one item that stirred discussion was a proposal from County Attorney Anne Bast Brown recommending that the county hold off on passing ordinances to govern medical marijuana businesses until the state Department of Health and the Legislature weigh in on the matter.

  • Under The Oak Trees

    No one knows exactly when it began or even how it began, but Big Papa speculates it was around 1995 or 1996.

    And so for the last 20 years or so, almost every morning between 10-11, every week, every month, they come to sit under the shade of the oak trees where they solve Williston's problems and talk about what's going on around town. But mostly they just play dominoes – game after game of the ancient Chinese game that dates back to at least the 14th century.

  • Meeks remains chairman

    The Levy County Commission voted to retain John Meeks, of Bronson, R-District 1, as its chair for a third year and decided to switch the vice chair from Mike Joyner of Morriston, R-District 3, to Rock Meeks of Chiefland, R-District 2.

    At the same time the commissioners also decided on which departments and appointments each wanted. 

  • City urged to act on parking lot

    Work may have come to a temporary halt on the new parking lot on Block 12, but that doesn't mean motorists aren't parking there.

    Tuesday night, Marvin Johnson who operates a barber shop on that block, told Williston City Council that people's vehicles are being ruined by mammoth potholes, nails and other debris.

    Johnson said he feared lawsuits would occur if something isn't done to rectify the situation.

  • History of Levy County available

    In 1976, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners called for persons interested in compiling a history of Levy County to commemorate America’s Bicentennial.

    The effort was led by Bronson teacher, Sydney Gunnell. The first issue, entitled Search for Yesterday was so successful that the group of historians, the Levy County Archives Committee, went on to produce 27 more volumes.

  • Man charged with sexual battery on a 5-year-old

     A Trenton man has been charged with sexual battery  on a person under 12 years old after he was accused by the mother of a five-year-old child.

    James Thomas Crowe, 53, was arrested Sunday after the child's mother filed a complaint with the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Light Up Williston Schedule

    7 p.m. Music by Mandy Fugate 

    7:10 p.m. Announcement of Chili Cook Off winners; Rotary Running of The Bells Winners; Parade Entries

    7:15 p.m. Megan Smith

    7:25 p.m. Welcome by Mayor Hethcoat; prayer

    7:30 p.m. Light Up Williston with Miss Williston, Jr. Miss Williston and Little Miss Williston

    7:35 p.m. Relay Invitation

    7:40 p.m. Christmas Story read by Senior Judge Joe Smith

  • Sabal opponents share concerns

    By Mike Wright

    Special to the Pioneer

    These are folks who don’t trust the government to protect them.

    So when federal agencies sign off on the 515-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, people like 30-year Dunnellon resident Janet Barrow don’t sit back and take their word for it.

    “I’ve been watching this project for three years plus,” Barrow said. “I open my mouth and tell as many people as I can.”

  • Goal: Boost teacher morale

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy County school district has made it a goal to reduce the achievement gap for students in poverty at Bronson Middle High School, while also focusing on improving teacher morale and mentoring in the county.