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Today's News

  • Winds hit 91 mph in Cedar Key

    The weather station on the Cedar Key dock hit the big one Tuesday morning as a line of storms moved through Levy County clocking winds gusting up to 91 miles per hour. 

    Before that a weather station on the island recorded a 74 mph wind gust.

    A dock behind Gulfside Motel was knocked down, but the island’s most famous landmark, the Honeymoon Cottage, was still standing. 

    “It’s still there. I mean what can you say,” said Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson. 

  • Three arrested in connection with Williston thefts

    President’s Weekend shaped up to be both busy and productive for Levy County investigators when they made six arrests that included robberies and thefts in the Williston area.

    Det. Sgt. Mike Narayan arrested Steven A. Crosby, 46, of Williston Feb. 18 for burglary of a dwelling and grand theft. 

  • Future of impact fees

    A two-hour brainstorming session last Thursday ended with the Williston City Council telling its manager to make a recommendation on the state of impact fees.

    The directive began in March 2012 when the council voted to put a one-year moratorium on the fees, assessed on new construction to help offset the costs of infrastrcuture expansion.

    With the deadline looming to either extend the moratorium, at the Jan. 22 meeting, council City Manager Scott Lippmann to draft an ordinance that would abolish the fees.

  • 2 die in Raleigh crash; Levy traffic deaths at 4 for 2013

    A Thursday crash on U.S. Highway 41, just south of the intersection at County Road 335, at 8:20 p.m. claimed the lives of two Newberry residents, one of whom was honored this month as Alachua County's Crossing Guard of the Year.
    It also tied up the busy highway that passes through the Raleigh community, which has a blinker at the intersection, and connects Archer, Newberry and Williston, among other rural communities.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    Feb. 14, Cort Beebe, 24, Alachua, two counts burglary, two counts criminal mischief, grand theft. Bond $195,000.

    Feb. 15, Brian Lee Bowmer, 25, Old Town, VOP.

    Feb. 12, John Haywood Boyd, 71, Williston, out of county warrant.

    Feb. 11, Marvin W. Clark, 44, Monticello, four VOP.

    Feb. 13, Robert Allan Coddington, 28, Spring Hill, VOP.

  • Lady Red Devils fall in extra innings

    On a very cold, damp and chilly Friday night, the Lady Red Devil softball team played the Keystone Lady Indians to a 2-2 tie after seven innings of regulation play. 

    The Lady Red Devils took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning as Leticia Coronado drove home a run with a double hit sharply up the middle. The Lady Indians wasted little time as they tied the game in the third inning at 1-1 after loading the bases. 

    Neither team could add to their score in the fourth, fifth, or sixth inning as both teams played good defense. 

  • Red Devils dump Sumter in quarterfinals

    The depth and future of Red Devil Basketball under Head Coach Steve Faulkner was certainly evident in the Red Devils’ win over the South Sumter Raiders 71-54, before a packed Red Devil Gym Feb. 14.

    The Red Devils fell behind 2-0 before Tre Wilson banged in a 3-point basket to put the Red Devils in the lead. 

    It was a lead the Red Devils would not give up, despite starters Wilson and Earl Brown going to the bench early in the first quarter, with two personal fouls. 

  • Red Devils take home victory in Santa Fe squeaker

    By Bryan Hoopaugh

    bhoopaugh@willistonpioneer.com

    Williston’s Red Devils started off the diamond season  right last Friday by edging out visiting Santa Fe in a close fought battle 3-2.

    Williston scored first in the bottom of the third with an RBI single by Justin Forsythe which scored Cameron Coffey who reached on an error by Santa Fe’s third first baseman Nate Pelham.

  • County looks at drinking after midnight

    The public will get its first say on a proposal to extend alcohol sales beyond midnight in the unincorporated county areas during a workshop on March 5 at 1 p.m.

    The Levy County Commission scheduled the workshop after receiving a briefing from County Attorney Anne Bast Brown. Brown presented the board with a proposed ordinance to change the ban on alcohol sales, consumption and service between midnight and 7 a.m. to only between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. 

  • Williston airport is hog wild and pig crazy

    It’s George Orwell’s Animal Farm over at the Williston Airport.

    That’s because the wild hogs have taken over–so much in fact, that  city leaders are looking for someone to pay the city for eradicating the wild swine.

    Gestation for swine is about 112-114 days, which means it’s conceivable for a sow to deliver three  litters a year with as many as 14 piglets at a time.