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  • Etheridge wins state Star Discovery Award

     Baylee Etheridge of the Williston Middle FFA Chapter is the winner of this year’s coveted State Star Discovery award. 

    Etheridge and the other finalists of this award were recognized at the 85th annual Florida FFA State Convention and Leadership Conference this past June.

    Etheridge and the top finalists received awards sponsored by William E. Hamm & Associates, Inc., as a special project of the Florida FFA Foundation.

  • Firefighters battle two blazes

    Area firefighters stayed busy over the weekend battling residential fires–one of which claimed the lives of a family’s pets.

    Friday, a little before 12:30 p.m., Bronson Fire Department, Levy County Department of Public Safety, Morriston paramedics, Levy County Animal Control, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and  Williston Fire Department were called to 5650 NE 96th Ave., where a doublewide manufactured home was about 25 percent involved and fire was venting from the roof.

  • County opts for rollback millage

    The Levy County Commission has set the tentative property tax millage rate at 8.3307 for the coming year, but it could back off that number by Sept. 30 when the final budget is adopted.

    The unanimous decision came in a Tuesday morning meeting where the commission also received three proposals from engineering firms interested in doing work under the RESTORE Act fnding. 

  • No improvement for Levy schools

    Staff

    Grades for 2013 Levy County elementary and stand alone middle schools were released on Friday.

    But combination schools like Bronson Middle/High School and the county’s stand alone high schools, including Cedar Key High School, Chiefland High School and Williston High School, are waiting on their grades.

    The results: 

  • Morriston Baptist Church ministers in Jamaica

     By Keith Stewart

  • The readers have spoken

     During the month of June Pioneer readers voted for their favorite businesses and community leaders in the annual Readers’ Choice balloting.

  • Making things beautiful
  • WES plans open house pep rally

    Gear up with Williston Elementary School for another winning season.

    Parents, guardians and students are encouraged to join the team  Thursday, Aug. 15 in the Multi-Purpose Room, starting with third grade at 3 p.m., fourth grade at 4 p.m. and fifth grade at 5 p.m. 

  • Mosquito season is here; 40 species in Levy

    By MARK SCOHIER

    news2@chieflandcitizen.com

    Recent rain and the mosquitoes it will inevitably help breed is prompting area officials to remind people to take precautions this summer.

    Matt Weldon, head of Parks and Recreation and mosquito control for the county, said issues with mosquitoes are typical for this time of year, and populations are not expected, at this point, to be out of the ordinary.

  • County’s finances get good report

    Martha Garcia Baker got Tuesday’s Levy County Commission meeting off to a good start delivering her audit of their finances and praising the commission for taking the steps to keep the county on solid financial footing.
    Garcia Baker, who is with the accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, brought the board’s attention to the county’s financial statements.
    “This is good news and I actually jumped up and told Sheila ‘good job’,” she said. Sheila is Sheila Rees, the deputy clerk for finance.