Today's News

  • Jobless rate jumps to 12.1 percent

    Levy County’s unemployment rate has broken a new barrier rising to 12.1 percent in July, a rise of 0.7 percent from June 2009. The number of individuals without jobs rose from 1,959 to 2,066 in Levy County.

    In contrast, Marion County’s rate stayed the same at 12.6 percent as did Citrus County at 11.9 percent.

  • AMVETSee^plan Labor Day Marathon

    Saturday, Sept. 5: A Car-Truck-Bike Show hosted by the Sons of AMVETS Squadron 88, Bronson (next to the Speedway on S.R. 24). Music is by DJ Jeff. Pulled pork plate ($6) or chicken leg quarters ($5) with sides are available. Pre-registration is $15, or day of show $20. Registration is open from 9 a.m. until noon. Awards presented at 2 p.m. Registration forms are available at Ace Hardware in Bronson or at Post 88.

  • Red Devil defense dominates at Fall Classic


    Standing in water on the sidelines over their shoe tops, the playing conditions on the field were not much better.

    However, the Williston junior varsity team played the first half of the Fall Classic and took advantage of a hard hitting defense in both quarters. They forced three fumbles and with just over two minutes to play in the second quarter Austin Chipoletti hit Tre Wilson with a long pass to the Bradford six yard line. Damon Strange took the ball into the end zone on the next play, as the Red Devil JV beat the Bradford JV 6-0 in a half of football.

  • SVP casting next week for holiday show

    Suwannee Valley Players will audition its upcoming production of Not a Creature Was Stirring ... not even a moose, a comedy written by Pat Cook.

    Editor JJ Garnes of the Herald Tribune makes sure to use the holiday to his own advantage, whether it be to expose a crooked mayor or sell a few more issues with just the right angle. And he thinks he finds it when he finds a letter from a small boy who “don’t want no more Christmases.”

  • Authorities look for person(s) responisble for abused horse

    An abandoned horse that was malnourished and unable to stand was euthanized Monday. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reported that Deputy Ella Anderson was called to NE 154 Place and Martin Road near Bronson after witnesses spotted the horse in an area known for illegal dumping of trash and animal carcasses (wild hog and deer). Deputy Anderson summoned Morgan Silver, the President of Horse Protection Association of Florida, for expert advice and assistance.

  • New gun owner injured with purchase

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is reminding gun owners of how to safely handle firearms in the wake of an accidental shooting of a man with a new gun.

    On Aug. 29, Jeremy Woodard took a recently purchased a .22 rifle and was target practicing with his family at a site in Chiefland.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    After reading the article on the mail carrier that failed to deliver mail facing a possible five-year prison sentence plus $250,000 fine.

    I understand that this is a serious offense, messing with the government and the U.S. mail. Yes, she should be punished. I think that’s a bit harsh of a sentence for not delivering mail when people can get away with starving, neglecting and abusing horses, pets and children with sometimes no convictions.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    As Grand Knight for The Knights of Columbus at Holy Family Church Council 11784, I would like to thank the editor of the Pioneer, Carolyn Risner. She was very gracious in handling the Knights and writing an article concerning our activities and service in the community.

  • A cautionary tale

    I love losing myself in a good conspiracy theory, and there is no better place to indulge this weakness than on one of the many Webs ites that cater to this type of material. These theories range from government complicity in bringing about a New World Order to the “faking” of the Apollo moon landings. Most of the theorists accuse our government and/or other governments of being the driving force behind a certain travesty in order to advance some sort of evil agenda.

  • Driving safely

    Maybe I have no right to tell people about how they should drive their car. After all, I am only 17. My name is Erika Drummond. On a daily basis my route may take me on unoccupied back roads to the woods or to the river, through the basic small town traffic of Chiefland, or possibly the congested highways to Gainesville and Tallahassee.