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Today's News

  • 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. 

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 8-9

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

    July 31, Nadia Behrens, 21, Bronson, out of county warrant.

    Aug. 4, Raymond Crouch, 40, Old Town, driving on permanently revoked DL, license plate not assigned, possession methamphetamine, deliver methamphetamine, possession drug equipment, refuse to accept citation. Bond $96,500.

    Aug. 1, Richard William Deemer, 22, Sarasota, burglary, petit theft, out of county warrant. Bond $30,000.

  • 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. 

  • Operation Clean Sweep takes in 18 arrests

    In the early hours of Aug. 2, deputies with the Levy County Drug Task Force along with officers from the Williston Police Department and Chiefland Police Department, concluded a lengthy investigation  by arresting 18 men on assorted drug charges.

    The men, ranging in age from 22-50, were all charged on multiple counts that ran from the sale of cocaine to the sale of methamphetamine.

    Charged last Thursday were:

  • 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.

  • Special election set for Sept. 25

    It’s time again for politician wannabes to come forward and test the waters, as the city of Williston will hold a special election Sept. 25 to fill in the unexpired term of former Councilor Jerry Robinson who resigned last month for personal reasons.

    At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the council members called for the election and set the date for Sept. 25.

    Qualifying for the post will begin at noon Sept. 10 and close at noon Sept. 14 for Robinson’s seat that expires  in April 2013.

  • Snookered

     By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer

    The weather has begun to give us our normal Florida summer weather. The rains each afternoon create the barometric pressure to rise and fall most of the day. This poses well for anglers both saltwater and fresh.
    While rising and falling barometric pressures increase fish productivity don’t forget to find the three musts to locating the fish; food, structure and comfort.

  • Sheriff's Report 8-2

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    July 25, Jonathan Michael Beree, 40, Cedar Key, out of county warrant. Bond $10,000.
    July 26, Christina Danielle Boyd, 31, Gainesville, out of county warrant.
    July 29, Issac Butler, 56, Chiefland, DUI. Bond $5,000.
    July 29, William Edward Carter Jr., 38, Williston. Bond $5,000.
    July 25, Christopher Lynn Coup, 34, Bronson, out of county warrant.
    July 27, Charles Leslie Delaney, 66, Chiefland, battery.