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Today's News

  • Council gives nod to city hall price tag

    No one blinked Tuesday night when Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann told the city council the price for constructing a new city hall.

    "We have a very good estimate," Lippmann said, "of what it will cost to build this building – $2.509 million." That comes out to about $209 per square foot, a price that Council President Charles Goodman, himself a contractor, said was reasonable for a commercial facility of this type.

  • Atheists' case against county dismissed

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The lawsuit filed against Levy County by American Atheists, Inc., claiming a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, was dismissed in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville.

  • Active shooter training offered

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum is offering a free Active Threat Response class to interested citizen groups.

    This class is being offered in light of the many tragic active shooter and active threat events that are occurring in our country and around the world. This class will help citizen groups be more prepared by knowing how to respond if ever involved in this type of situation. The class is approximately an hour long and includes a question and answer period, and is designed for citizens over 18 years old.

  • The Williston Challenge

    Two weeks ago Williston Pioneer Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck challenged all Willistonians – and residents of the surrounding area – to donate $5 each to complete the Heritage Park Veterans' Memorial. Ten Broeck reasoned if 5,000 people donated $5 then the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) would have enough funds to finish the memorial, which will cost in excess of $80,000 when complete.

    Since the challenge Nov. 16, almost $1,000 has come in from those accepting the challenge.

    Will you also accept it?

  • I challenge you, Williston

    My first intention was to write an editorial – an opinion from the newspaper's standpoint. I then realized the topic is too personal and I couldn't do it justice in a newspaper editorial.

    That's when I decided to make it my opinion – just mine – that of Carolyn Ten Broeck.

    It's not one of my typical "Slice of Life" pieces about my rather atypical life.

    This is cut and dried and to the point. And it's personal. Deeply personal.

  • Asbell is new school board chairman

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Cameron Asbell was unanimously voted the new chairman of the School Board of Levy County Nov. 28.

    Rick Turner offered the nomination of Asbell.

    “Mr. Superintendent (Jeff Edison),” Turner said, “it is with honor and a great privilege I offer to you in the form of a nomination the most honorable and admirable Cameron Asbell to serve as chair of the Levy County School Board.”

  • Dispute ends with two shot

    Two men are in critical condition following a shooting last Friday night at Melvin and Alice's BBQ on NE 205th Avenue.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the scene around 11:15 p.m. Nov. 24. Upon arrival they discovered two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

  • Haven committed to service despite care center

    BY SEAN ARNOLD

    Staff writer

    Gayle Mattson wants Chiefland and the sur- rounding communities to know that Haven Hospice is here to serve them for the long run.

    That was the clear message the president of Haven Hospice delivered in her talk to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club Nov. 16, on the heels of the closure of the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center.

  • Levy claims lowest unemployment in area

    The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region remained unchanged in October at 4.2 percent, but was 1.8 percentage points lower than the region’s rate of 6.0 percent a year ago.

    According to today’s release of the pre- liminary jobs report by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the region’s labor force shrank over the month by 3,650 to 198,857, and was vir- tually unchanged compared to October 2016.

    A year ago, the size of the labor force was driven by greater numbers of unem-

  • Veterans honored in Williston

    Emotions were high and applause resounding Saturday as people lined Williston's streets to honor dozens of veterans in the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade.

    More than 40 units marched down Noble Avenue to the cheers of those gathered to salute and thank the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country.

    All branches of the military were recognized, and many veterans participated either on floats, trucks or walking the mile route.