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  • Hey, hey it's a monkey

    Williston resident and county commissioner Danny Stevens got more than he bargained for Sunday morning when he called his 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, to look out the window at the deer knocking corn out of a backyard feeder.
    Upon closer inspection, the “deer” was standing on its hind legs and it wasn’t a deer at all–it was a monkey, specifically a Patas Monkey.
    “It was over three feet tall,” Danielle said Monday, with her father adding with its arms outstretched and standing, it was much bigger than that.

  • Local legislators reminded to keep rural counties in mind

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

    chiefland citizen

    The message was we have no money. 

    But the folks who came to the Levy County Legislative Delegation meeting on Dec. 15 had more on their mind that the state’s money woes. They asked the legislators to look out for small, rural counties that cannot do the same things as larger, urban areas.

  • Wishing you a Merry Christmas

    We three Pioneers--Debbie, Chris and Carolyn--wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. Merry Christmas!

  • Fugate resigns

    During a lengthy city council meeting Tuesday night, Norm Fugate resigned as the Williston City Attorney. See the story in Thursday's Williston Pioneer.

  • Donation sponsors eight ballet students

    Williston School of Dance recently received a  $1,600 donation from Plum Creek Foundation.
     Plum Creek, based in Seattle, Wash. is the largest private landowner in the United States. The company owns an estimated 145,000 acres in Levy County.
    The contribution by Plum Creek served as a sponsorship for eight ballet students of the School of Dance.

  • Hung jury for Blair

    Pamela Williams Blair's trial on a federal charge of lying to an FBI agent during an interview ended with a hung jury on Wednesday breaking a string of convictions for federal prosecutors.
    Blair was arrested in December 2008 in connection with an FBI investigation into public corruption in Dixie and Levy counties. An undercover FBI agent posed as a New Jersey-based developer looking to bribe officials in return for favorable treatment of his projects.

  • Council looks at attorney options-again

    For the second time in less than three months, some Williston council members are disenchanted with City Attorney Norm Fugate and want to explore options to possibly replace him.
    At the conclusion of last week’s meeting, Councilor Brooks Holloway suggested that since the council was trimming costs, now could be “the time to cut more.”

  • Florida Railroad history available

    A cross peninsula railroad for the State of Florida was the dream of the man for whom Levy County was named, David Levy Yulee.  The Florida Railroad, a 155.5 mile rail line, linked Fernandina on the Atlantic Ocean with Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Five apply for county commissioner seat

    Five people have submitted applications to the Governor’s Office seeking appointment to the vacant District 1 County Commission seat.
    But no appointment will be made until Rick Scott takes office as governor on Jan. 4, says a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Crist.
    Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Crist, said the governor would like to see more people apply for the position. “He likes to have eight to 10 applicants,” Ivey said.

  • City backs down on charter change

    Williston voters will not be deciding on city charter changes during the March 2011 elections.
    The decision came Tuesday night after a third discussion by council members on a proposed ordinance fell flat.
    The new ordinance called for the mayoral position to be elected by the voters and gave the mayor authority to preside over council members as one of the five councillors.