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Today's News

  • Residents’ health improves; problems remain

    Christmas is over and normally folks turn their attention to those New Year’s resolutions — promises to ourselves to lose weight, eat healthier, consume less alcohol and stop smoking, dippin’ and chewin’.

    The promises we seem to break within days. 

    But some of Levy County’s residents are keeping those promises made to themselves. 

  • From our family to yours
  • Red Devils’ Roundup: Win some, lose some

     Wilson wills Red Devils to district win

    It was a night that Red Devil fans were treated to big time Red Devil Basketball. The Williston varsity team hosted district foe, the Bradford Tornadoes, led by their 6’ 10” 250 pound center Justin McBride.

    The Red Devils got off to a cold shooting night as they missed five easy lay ups in the first quarter alone as the Tornadoes skirted out to a 17-12 lead as quarter one ended.

  • In the midst of despair, there is hope

    Today, we live in a hurting nation. For the past week, many of us have been trying to wrap our heads around the senseless act of violence that claimed the lives of 26 people in New England, most of whom were in an elementary school. We try to imagine that morning as teachers struggled to corral children whose biggest concerns were if Santa would fill those long-awaited Christmas wishes.

    In minutes, the routine morning was disrupted as lives were ended and others changed forever.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    Dec. 11, Emily Elizabeth Barber, 24, Old Town, trafficking in controlled substance, possession of drug equipment. Bond $16,000.

    Dec. 14, Walter Evan Bell Jr., 31, St. Augustine, battery, out of county warrant. Bond $25,000.

    Dec. 16, Tanya Marie Blaisedell, 41, Chiefland, assault on officer, carrying electric weapon, disorderly intoxication, obstruction W/OV. Bond $55,000.

    Dec. 12, Charles Rowland Bray, 55, Inglis, DWLS. Bond $2,000.

  • Christmas in Peru

    By Keith Stewart

    Special to the Pioneer

    Some of Morriston Baptist Church’s members recently went on mission to Lima and Cusco, Peru. 

    Working with Buckner International, Pastor Keith Stewart, his wife Margarette and three of his parishioners–Kelly and Vivian Culbertson, and Janet Colley–traveled more than 10 hours by car and air to minister in South America. 

    They spent eight days visiting various orphanages, youth and single mother homes throughout Lima and Cusco.

  • Community steps up to fill Christmas void

    Paul Pilney, of Citrus County, just happened to make a stop in Levy County when something caught his eye: bold black letters across the top of a November issue of the Chiefland Citizen that read “No Toys for Tots this year.”

    “It killed me to see that headline. I said, ‘Oh, no, this is not good. I read it and was really disturbed,” Pilney said last week.

  • Bar closing time gets review

     

    The Levy County Commission has agreed to take a look at possibly revising the ordinance that dictates the hours for alcoholic beverage sales–currently between 7 a.m. and midnight – at the request of a restaurant and bar owner who says the midnight closing is costing him business.

  • Lippmann hired; Wingo will stay on

     

    With minimal negotiations and a few concessions on both sides, the Williston City Council and its candidate for city manager came to terms last week.

    Tuesday night, the final details were hammered out and Scott Lippmann became the city’s third city manager in three years.

    Council voted to make Lippmann’s official start date Dec. 13 since he has been at city hall working closely with Dr. Oel Wingo, interim city manager, to ensure a smooth transition.

  • A reason, a season, a lifetime

     The year was 2008. Tom had just moved to Florida, we were living in a duplex in Chiefland and the time was right to start looking for a house.

    We both worked in Chiefland but Harriett Downs’ ad on the back of the Williston Pioneer spoke to us one week when the right house at the right price said, “Call.”