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Today's News

  • Tarmac permit approved 3-1

    The Tarmac King Road mine near Inglis is a project unlike anything else to be considered in Florida and it proved it with a record-setting public hearing that went until a final vote at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday.
    The Levy County Commission public hearing on Tarmac’s application for a conditional special exception permit started at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and ended with a vote that took less than 30 seconds from motion to a 3-1 tally.

  • Fugate asks for independent audit

    Because the city failed to follow its own ordinance, Williston electricity customers were overcharged over $196,000, according to Councilman Norm Fugate.
    Fugate met Tuesday with the city’s auditor, who told him, he said that findings indicate the city failed to re-calculate its cost adjustments quarterly.
    The cost adjustment and utility taxes are accrued to ensure customer’s bills are levelized rather than be allowed to flucuate monthly. Customers have consistently paid the same base rate, with only the fuel adjustment charges and taxes changing.

  • Two Williston horses in Run for the Roses

    Horse lovers and racing enthusiasts will be glued to their TVs this Saturday as Churchill Downs marks  the 137th birthday of the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports with the Run for the Roses–the Kentucky Derby.
    This year, Williston and Levy County residents will also take deeper interest in the race since two Williston-area horses are in contention to run for the first jewel in racing’s Triple Crown.

  • National Day of Prayer is Thursday

    The city of Williston will observe the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5 at noon in the pavilion at Heritage Park.
    The National Day of Prayer  is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation.The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952.

  • Look-a-like mothers/daughters wanted

    Just in time for Mother's Day–the Williston Pioneer wants to salute mothers and daughters who look alike.
    All photographs will be published this week, May 5.
    The mother/daughter who look most alike will win a free lunch, courtesy of the Williston Pioneer.
    Hurry, submit those twin-like pictures before 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3.
    Email to editor@willistonpioneer.com or bring them by our office at 37 South Main St., Williston.
    Questions? Call Carolyn at 528-3343.

  • Star Gazing

    At the request of 5th grade Alpha teacher Kathy Brewington, members of the Alachua Astronomy Club brought two telescopes to the campus of Williston Elementary School recently so her students and those in Steve Van Zwienen’s class could look at the “star,” the earth’s sun.

  • Firewise your home

    By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Landscaping plays a major role in whether your home is destroyed in a wildfire. About 50 firemen and homeowners, mostly from Levy County, attended a Tuesday meeting in Chiefland about how to have a "firewise" home.
    The meeting, hosted by the Friends of the Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland and coordinated by the Florida Department of Forestry, also explained the benefits of prescribed burns, what’s legal and not legal to burn and how to understand proper and safe ways to burn.

  • You can scallop longer this season

    Floridians received a gift last week when it was announced that the bay scallop start date has been pushed up from July 1 to June 24 and extended for two weeks from Sept. 30 to Oct. 14,.
    Midday April 19, Sen. Charlie Dean emerged from a meeting with the Florida Cabinet in the Panhandle and announced that they approved his request to open scallop season one week early and extend the season for two weeks.

  • ‘You look just like your mother’

    After church this past Sunday, Tom and I drove to a local diner for a quick snack since we bypassed breakfast and couldn’t wait until I shopped and cooked at home.
    As we settled in, other groups filtered in–a good amalgam for Easter lunch: young couples, older adults, families with small children.
    But it was the group of four women who took the table beside us that caught–and held–my eye.
    They were all late 60s, early 70s, and each was different in size, shape, hair style and fashion sense.

  • Sheriff adds two dispatchers

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, which has been trying to find money to hire more dispatchers for its busy communications center found the answer next door at the jail.
    Maj. Evan Sullivan, head of law enforcement, requested and received unanimous approval to move $41,157.18 from the jail budget to the dispatch budget during Tuesday’s regular County Commission meeting.