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Today's News

  • City will mow athletic fields

    A large contingent of board members and supporters of the Williston Youth Athletic Youth Association attended Tuesday evening’s city council meeting and dominated the meeting with their concerns about the maintenance of the Dailey-Scales sports complex.

    The discussion had been sparked by a letter to the editor that appeared in the June 18 edition of the Pioneer. Jeff Holcomb and Bob Levesque officially represented the group, while several of the parents in the audience also spoke.

  • Woman charged with disrupting church service

    A Bronson woman was arrested June 28 when she allegedly slapped a fellow church member during service.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Lucinda Mongo, 47, initiated a verbal altercation with another woman at Church of God by Faith at 360 Glover St., Bronson. When the woman told her she did not want to speak with her, Mongo slapped her hand.

    The victim told the deputy that she was so upset that she left the service. Several witnesses completed sworn statements regarding the incident.

  • Dunnellon man charged after Oasis Bar damaged

    When he couldn’t get cash from an ATM, a Dunnellon man allegedly took it out on the interior of the Oasis Bar in Morriston.

    On June 28, Levy County deputies answered a 911 call and upon arrival, Deputy Crooms was met with a man, who said, “Go ahead and take me to jail. I'm the guy you are looking for.”

    The bartender told the deputy that Anthony Mammarello, 46, did over $1,200 in property damage when he broke two televisions, destroyed a Budweiser bar light and threw a bar stool through the air condition ducts.

  • Teen critically injured in Friday wreck

    A single car accident June 3 left a Williston teenager in critical condition.

    According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Geremy G. Williams, 18, was traveling on County Road 316 around 11:40 a.m. when he lost control of his 2000 Toyota. The car traveled onto the east shoulder and overturned.

    The report states Williams was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.

    Williams was transported by Levy County EMS to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in critical condition.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Neri Abram Cano-Cifuentes, 27, of Williston was charged June 30 with Violation of Probation (VOP), no valid driver’s license. No bond.

    • Sheila Marie Zubek, 53, of Chiefland was arrested June 30 for VOP grand theft. No bond.

    • Jonathan Robert Erlandson, 26, of Crystal River was charged June 29 with domestic battery. He was released on his own recognizance.

  • Sheriff wants pay raises while county is in cutting mood

    Col. Mike Johnson surely must wish he had accompanied Sheriff Johnny Smith on his religious mission to Romania rather than stand before the Levy County Commission Tuesday asking for a 3 percent pay raise in the annual budget.

    The county commission, which has asked departments to cut their budget requests by 5 percent from last year’s budget sent Johnson on his way with the direction to cut the sheriff’s budget by 5 percent.

  • Commission deadlocks 2-2 vote on contract

    The Levy County Commission operating with three elected commissioners, two suspended commissioners, one interim commissioner and a vacancy in an interim commission seat hit the wall with a tie vote that could not be broken Tuesday.

    The vote came during the regular meeting where Tax Collector Linda Fugate and County Judge Joe Smith asked the commission to terminate its contract for the Courthouse Space Study with Clemons Rutherford Associates of Tallahassee.

  • Board to settle valedictorian problem once and for all

    Over the last several years, conferring valedictorian and salutatorian honors on Levy County’s top-achieving high school seniors has been a process fraught with controversy and dissatisfaction.

    Complications in recent years include large numbers of co-valedictorians with identical GPAs, and unweighted GPAs causing students taking less-difficult standard high school courses to be honored over students taking honors and dual-enrollment courses.

  • Chiefland coach will get administrative hearing

    Levy County School board took action this week on a tabled recommendation concerning Chiefland High School ESE teacher Mark Lundy.

    Lundy was suspended without pay two meetings ago on a recommendation by Superintendent Robert Hastings over an allegation that he falsified classwork for a student. At the last meeting, Hastings asked the board to dismiss Lundy, but Bronson board member Cameron Asbell objected, saying he felt the investigation conducted by the personnel office did not conclusively demonstrate Lundy’s guilt.

  • Fire Department starts burn education program

    Sustaining a severe burn is one of the most painful and devastating injuries a body can endure. More than 250,000 of burn injuries occur every year in the United States and more than 10 percent of those injuries result in death. The Williston Fire Department is working to lower those statistics by first changing behaviors in our own community through a new nationally recognized and distributed burn education and prevention program called To Hell and Back: Community Awareness.