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  • Bronson holds on water and sewer ordinances

    Bronson officials say they still don't have enough information to make a decision on proposed fees regarding water and sewer connections for new applicants.

    After discussions over proposed ordinances and resolutions on fees at the Aug. 6 meeting, town council members voted 4-1 in favor of tabling them until more information could be looked at.

    Council Member Berlon Weeks made the first objection to passing the new fees, adding that he knew they had already been tentatively approved.

  • Wingo cleared of ethics violation charges

    The dark cloud that hovered over Williston’s interim city manager for almost two years was lifted Aug. 8 when an administrative law judge recommended that the Commission on Ethics dismiss the complaint against her.

    Dr. Oel Wingo, Williston’s interim city manager in 2011 and since June of this year, was accused in October 2010 of violating specific ethics codes while in the position of city manager in Holly Hill.

  • McCallum wins by wide margin, Meeks, Joyner receives GOP nominations

    Bobby McCallum, who lost a close race for sheriff four years ago, bounced back on Tuesday to decisively win by 20 percentage points in unofficial results over Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan for the Republican nomination in one of the most heated races in Levy County history.

    McCallum received 2,412 votes or 58.01 percent to Sullivan's 1,612 or 38.77 percent and Noel Desmond's 134 votes or 3.22 percent. 

  • Primary Election is today. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Airport will see vast improvements at minimal cost to the city

    With the resignation of one city councilman and two more on vacation, Tuesday’s Williston City Council meeting was brief and to the point.

    After calling for a special election, the council passed two resolutions that will be improvements and enhancements to the Williston Airport. Councilors Elihu Ross and Charles Goodman voted via a telephone conference call.

    The first project, valued at over $3.2 million, will only cost the city about $42,000 and will improve Taxiway A.

  • County tentatively OKs rollback millage

    The Levy County Commission unanimously adopted a higher property tax millage of 8.5759, up from 7.8144, but that may not be the final word on the property tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

    Under state law, the millage adopted at Tuesday’s meeting for the TRIM (Truth in millage) property tax notices this month — and known as the rollback rate — cannot go higher, but it can be lowered.

    The rate will bring in $13,862,208, just $1.2 million over last year’s $12,626,459 for the county General Revenue Fund.

  • Water doused on fire talks

    The Chiefland and Cedar Key commissions’ suggestions that the Levy County Commission hold a public workshop on fire operations is unanimously tabled until those officials first talk with County Fire Chief David Knowles. 

    “Allow him the opportunity to sit down with you,” Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) told Norm Fugate, Chiefland and Cedar Key city attorney, and Chiefland Vice Mayor Teresa Barron. 

  • Smart911 helps e-workers help you

    On Monday Levy County E911 implemented Smart911 to enhance delivery of 9-1-1 emergency services for area citizens.

    Rave Mobile Safety’s Smart911 is a public/private partnership creating a first-of-its-kind, critical caller database that is already helping citizens and emergency responders across 20 states. 

    Currently, when 9-1-1 receives a call, only a phone number and minimal levels of location data are displayed. 

  • Morriston Buzz

    By Amanda Barney

    Special to the Pioneer

  • Vote Tuesday

    Levy County voters will have lots of choices come next Tuesday when the state primary gets under way when the polls open at 7 a.m.

    Local county races that will choose a nominee Tuesday include the sheriff, county commission districts 1 and 3 and supervisor of elections. Non-partisan races include school board district 2 and the county judge. The supervisor of elections post will be decided Tuesday since there is no Democrat challenger for the general election in November.