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Today's News

  • BOCC cuts $2 million from budget

    The Levy County Commission, displeased that its “cut your budget requests” went unheeded,  went line by line over the proposals and cut them.
    In the end, the board removed more than $2 million in proposed expenditures for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.  Chief among the targets were items where the same amount of dollars were requested for three years but was never spent.

  • Williston candidate forum sparks little debate

    There was almost no debate among 22 political candidates Saturday at a political forum held at the Williston Community Center.
    For three hours, a packed room listened to candidates running for eight different county seats explain why each was qualified to take office. Audience members were encouraged to ask questions during the forum, sponsored by the Williston Area AARP, though only a few took advantage of the opportunity, and questions were mostly asked of  sheriff’s candidates.

  • Reginald Stacy sings from Florida to Nevada

    Ever since he can remember, Reginald Stacy has been making music. His mother, Barbara, says when he was an infant–no more than four or six months old, he was whistling and humming.
    It was only natural as he got older that those sounds evolved into words.
    “When I was in kindergarten,” Stacy, 35, of Bronson said, “I would sing into a box fan. That’s how I learned to perfect my pitch.”
    Those crude beginnings have paid off.
    Last month Stacy competed in Talent Quest Florida–a state karaoke competition.

  • Fire, EMS assessments may go up

    Levy County fire assessments would be more than doubled to $110 from $40 per residence and the emergency medical services assessment would rise from $78 to $119 per residence under preliminary resolutions unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

  • Robinson resigns city council post

    In a surprise move 30 seconds before the city council meeting adjourned Tuesday night, President Jerry Robinson tendered  his resignation effective at 12:01 a.m. July 18.
    Robinson, a council member since April 2011 and president since December, read, “It is with a very heavy heart and after much prayer and consideration I have reached a decision for personal reasons, that  shall remain personal, to resign from the  Williston City Council effective 12:01 a.m.  July 18, 2012.”
    Robinson’s position is up for re-election in 2013.

  • Council president resigns
  • Debby’s not gone yet

    By Capt. Brylee

    Special to the Pioneer

    Although the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby has not quite left the Gulf, and the hot summer days have made the fish and scallops stay in deeper waters; this may not be all bad. 

    For the fresh water angler the flooding of the rivers has created a lot of backwater areas where bait fish will retrieve to gain some of those bugs they are not normally privy to. 

  • Quick draw’s first victim –himself

    A man  who was practicing his “quick draw”  at a friend’s home shot himself in the leg, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    Deputies said when they responded to a call about a shooting at a home on Northeast 61st Place in Bronson, they found  Robert Bishop,  62, had a single gunshot wound in the back of his right calf.

  • Next teen driver classes are July 18-19

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Community Relations Division, is offering a no cost, Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operators License or Learners Permit or who are about to get their Learners Permit.

    The goal of this program is to educate the teen drivers of Levy County of the dangers of aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and to reinforce the benefits of seatbelt use.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 7-12-12

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

    July 5, James Franklin Barrs, 49, Fanning Springs, disorderly intoxication, two counts abuse without great harm to child, aggravated battery. Bond $110,000.

    July 5, Robert Alan Bender II, 29, Cedar Key, battery. Bond $20,000.

    July 4, Monica L. Cannon, 30, Dover, out of county warrant. Bond $500.

    July 2, Marvin  Eugene Cooper III, 24, two VOP. Bond $20,000.

    July 7, Ledrick Lataurus Ferguson, 37, Bronson, battery. Bond $500.