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Today's News

  • Pier Fishing

    By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer

    Hurricane Isaac has ripped through the Gulf this past week and made fishing nearly impossible. Both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have felt the impact of high winds and rains. Small boat advisories have plagued boaters’ news headlines as the seas have been rough.
    With many of the beaches closed and charter fishing for the most part non-existent, or at best not advised, many have tried their angling skills at the piers.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    Aug. 26, Deborah Maggeline Booker, 21, Ocala, two counts possession of forgery, uttering false bank bill, possession of drug equipment, passing counterfeit bank bill, petit theft. Bond $101,000.
    Aug. 20, Randall Brouillard, 60, Bronson, battery. Bond $5,000.
    Aug. 22, William Edward Carter Jr., 38, Williston, two counts VOP, DUI. Bond $5,000.
    Aug. 26, Jeffrey Ruric Cobb, 49, out of county warrant, possession of weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon. Bond $2,000.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, Sept. 1

    FOL Book Sale
    Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its first book sale since June on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    The sale will be held in the City Hall Community Center. Volunteers to help sort books are asked to come Friday at 9 a.m.
    Many books have been donated since June and the prices as always are low. Hardbacks are $1; soft backs, 50 cents; paper backs 25 cents, children's and magazines 10 cents. Tapes, both audio and videos are $1.

  • Breaking back in

    By Bryan Hoopaugh

  • Ride to Provide set for Oct. 20

    The seventh annual motorcycle fund-raiser, Ride to Provide, will be held  Oct. 20 at Bronson High School.
    On-site registration begins at 7:30  a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.
    Participants  are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net.

  • Lucky Penny

    It was a feat that ends up on morning TV talk shows.
    Monday, an 8-year-old Jack Russell out on her afternoon bathroom break disappeared.
    “I’d seen a turtle the day before,” said the dog’s owner, Patty Hatch, “and thought she was following it.”
    Indeed she had.
    Penny, the curious Jack Russell, had wandered the way of the turtle and somehow became trapped in the turtle/gopher hole.

  • Budget, not people, reduced

    City personnel will not lose their jobs as a result of the budget cuts, requested by the city council three weeks ago.
    At the first budget hearing of the season in July,  Interim City Manager Oel Wingo was given the task of developing a budget that showed savings and reducing the millage rate.
    Last Thursday she did  just that–and no jobs were lost.
    Councilor Jason Cason stated it again to ensure that everyone was clear on the matter.

  • Levy in ‘wait and see’ mode as TS Isaac nears

    Tropical Storm Isaac is gaining momentum in the Caribbean but just what its impact will be on Levy County is still up in the air.

    Friday afternoon Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson met with city and county leaders at the EMOC office in Bronson to update the storm’s status and initialize the county’s plan in the event Levy is impacted. All cities and towns were represented at the meeting except Chiefland.

    Currently, the storm could reach Category I hurricane status at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.

  • Sheriff's Reports 8-23

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

    Aug. 17, Jonathan Maurice Allen, 24, Chiefland, possession of a synthetic narcotic, five counts selling within 1,000 feet of a place of worship, two counts use of a two-way device to facilitate a felony, five counts assault, possession of cocaine, tampering, fleeing and specific felony that  act could cause death. Bond  $5,775,000.

    Aug. 18, Barbara Ann Brewster, 48, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $2,000.

  • Commodity distribution cancelled

    The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville has informed the Levy County Extension Service and other groups that all commodities’ distributions are cancelled until further notice. 

    Debbie Talbot, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a phone interview on Tuesday, “The USDA commodities distribution has been cut a lot lately.”

    She said the food is excess production that the U.S. Department of Agriculture buys from producers and distributes to groups to use in feeding those in need.