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Today's News

  • Nitrates contaminating springs' basin

    Five times more nitrates than should be present are destroying the Rainbow Springs Basin and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking steps to correct it.

    Tuesday night, the EPD's Mary Paulic told the Williston City Council that the nitrate concentration is too high and algal mats now cover vegetation and the river bottom. Those mats block sunlight and could be detrimental to marine life.

    Agriculture accounts for the largest percentage of nitrogen in the water, she said, but septic tanks also contribute.

  • Dunn favors education back at local level

    By David Davis

    ddavis@chieflandcitizen.com

    A crowd of mostly educators applauded on three occasions when congressman Dr. Neal Dunn mentioned Congress’s commitment to doing away with Common Core, returning control of education to the local level and simplifying the tax code.

  • Black History Month Celebrated

    For two hours last Friday, the lives of 11 black Levy Countians who worked to make a difference in their communities were honored during the annual Black History Celebration at the Levy County Courthouse.

    Hosted by Chiefland’s Carolyn Cohens, the celebration in its 16th year, brought friends and families together to pay tribute to senior adults who forged pathways for new generations.

    Photos of the 11 were on display among Cohens’ original artwork that depicted scenes of black lives past and present.

  • Puppy Love

    By the time the sun set Valentine's Day, 35 Florida canines had traveled over 1,210 miles to their new homes in Reading, Penn. via Williston Municipal Aiport.

    Lucky Puppy Rescue volunteer Jessica Quinn drove from Bonifay Tuesday morning with the dogs to put them on an airplane bound for their forever homes.

    FlyPups founder and volunteer pilot Matt Kiener loaded the dogs in his plane and by 11:30 was ready to take off to Reading where foster homes are ample and adoptions are already in progress.

  • Williston receives $100k grant

    Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow believes when you find something good, you should share it.

    Monday, Strow and the city of Williston did just that when they hosted a dedication ceremony to share what $100,000 can do.

    The funds, made available through a USDA grant, came back to the city for the purpose of upgrading outdated technology equipment in the police department.

    The department also received a grant to purchase two fully equipped patrol vehicles.

  • Ken Griner chosen rancher/farmer of the year

     Ken Griner is one busy man. 

  • Under The Oak Trees

    No one knows exactly when it began or even how it began, but Big Papa speculates it was around 1995 or 1996.

    And so for the last 20 years or so, almost every morning between 10-11, every week, every month, they come to sit under the shade of the oak trees where they solve Williston's problems and talk about what's going on around town. But mostly they just play dominoes – game after game of the ancient Chinese game that dates back to at least the 14th century.

  • History of Levy County available

    In 1976, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners called for persons interested in compiling a history of Levy County to commemorate America’s Bicentennial.

    The effort was led by Bronson teacher, Sydney Gunnell. The first issue, entitled Search for Yesterday was so successful that the group of historians, the Levy County Archives Committee, went on to produce 27 more volumes.

  • Williston considers program to assist with engery efficiency

    Countless people lack the financial means to either repair or install products that cut down on energy costs and would be money savers in the long run.

    Now there's a program that can help homeowners manage those costs without breaking the bank.

    PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) was discussed at the Nov. 1 Williston City Council meeting, and again this week as a means of helping homeowners attain energy saving upgrades, such as roofing, HVAC and insulation.

  • 'Don't pass up an opportunity'

    Social media was set ablaze last week after news that Williston City Council appointed 29-year-old Jakorian "Kori" Lamb to its vacant seat.

    Less than 24 hours after the news was posted on the Williston Pioneer's Facebook page, it had reached 5,900 views.