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Today's News

  • Trio arrested after Winn Dixie incident

    Investigator Mark Morgan and Officer Gallup with the Williston Police Department arrested Michelle McNeal for burglary, uttering a forgery, uttering a forged instrument, dealing in stolen property, petit theft and habitual offender for driving with her license suspended. Augustino Jazikoff was arrested for burglary, petit theft and retail theft along with Andrew Phillips for burglary, criminal mischief and petit theft.

  • Commissioners close door on chat after spat

    Levy County Commission Chair Nancy Bell had a closed door talk with fellow Commissioner Danny Stevens after the two sparred in a public meeting over her plans to attend a national conference while forcing budget cuts on county constitutional officers, departments and agencies.

  • An effort needs to be made

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew's July 2 Williston Pioneer article in which she exhorted the local populace to participate in the decision making process for the upcoming 2009/2010 county budget. I took Commissioner Drew's message to heart and made plans to attend the county budget hearing held at the Bronson courthouse on July 7 at 1 p.m. I even took a little time to look at her website which is where my confusion began.

  • Sheriff asks for same budget

    Levy County Commission Chair Nancy Bell says the county is in “dire straits” financially in the coming year and she would like to see across the board budget cuts of 5 percent from this year’s funding levels.

    But Sheriff Johnny Smith’s representative told the commission in a budget workshop Tuesday that if funding is not maintained at its current level patrol cars will be parked and “three or more” people will be laid off.

  • Area team plays at Cooperstown

    Levy County sent some of its best baseball players to the cradle of baseball civilization last month as Williston Warriors competed in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park.

    Chiefland’s Kyle Weeks, along with Williston’s Austin Langworthy, Tyler Moore and J.J. Roberts, was were part of the Williston Warriors 12u AAU team that traveled to Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and fabled site of baseball’s birthplace.

  • Undefeated Cloud continues to train

    What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than at the Central Florida Boxing Gym in Ocala.

    Number one ranked Tavoris Cloud, who recently visited Williston as a guest of Bobby Brown owner of King Munchies Pizza, was working out at the gym, in preparation for his upcoming IBF World Championship fight.

    Cloud has a perfect 19-0 record and was sparring against Laffereol Bunting. For the fighters to be in shape for any match they go through a lot of work, trying to be sure every muscle in their perfectly tuned bodies is in top shape.

  • Anderson finishes first in Melon Run

    Michael Anderson ran in one of his favorite races on the July 4, the Melon Run in Gainesville and he finished with a win.

    Michael, who attends the University of Florida and is a member of the Gators men’s cross country team, won the three mile event with a time of 15:27.06. Michael’s twin brother Geoffrey won last year’s event, but was out of town this year. Geoffrey is also a current Gator.

  • Checkbooks out: it's school budget time

    Levy County property owners might want to free up a few hours this coming Tuesday evening. At 5:01 p.m. on July 28, the Levy County School Board will hold its first public hearing on the 2009-2010 budget, including the proposed property tax millage for the coming year.

  • Breaking News Crist names Johnson to Parker's seat

    Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson has been named to the Levy County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat, nine months after Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Tony Parker for being indicted on federal charges.

    Crist’s office made the announcement Wednesday afternoon after spending most of the day calling the other applicants.

    Johnson, 38, is married to Angela Quincey. The couple has four children, Tyler, Quin, Bryden and Maddilyn.

  • Journeys is an incredible trek for senior adults

    Coming to work for the women who oversee the Journeys program at Nature Coast Regional Hospital is almost like taking a child to a candy store.

    Broad smiles, gentle laughter and apparent delight fills the room as they set about to prepare for the senior adults who will soon spend half a day with them.

    Nancy Dessy, the director of Journeys, a counseling center for older people, says her staff gets as much benefit from the group sessions as they clients themselves.

    “The folks who come here really blossom,” Dessy said.