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Today's News

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    • Timothy M. Luckey, 20, of Old Town was arrested Jan. 7 and charged with three counts grand theft, two counts burglary of a residence, burglary of a structure and two counts dealing in stolen property when he allegedly took a golf cart from a Cedar Key residence, and is suspected of stealing several others. Bond was $120,000.

    • Jimmy Edward Golden, 28, of Morriston was charged Jan. 10 on a Marion County warrant for grand theft. Bond was $5,000.

  • Man charged in toddler's death

    A Morriston man has been charged with aggravated manslaughter following the death of a toddler in November 2009.

    Kalin Halchak, 31, of NW 160th Avenue

    and Tiffany Baker, 20, of Belleview were charged Jan. 6 after two-month investigation by Marion County authorities.

    The case began Nov. 9, 2009, when detectives responded to Munroe Regional Medical Center in reference to a child who was brought in by his mother and later pronounced dead. The child’s mother, Tiffany Baker, told officials the toddler had ingested medication.

  • What’s a trip without a misadventure? Or two?

    My father had a saying for when he drove extensively.

    “I’ve been all over hell and half of Georgia,” he’d lament to my mother.

    We thought it was funny considering we were in Kentucky and he really hadn’t been to Georgia.

    However it stuck and over the years it has become my mantra too.

    Thanksgiving weekend it became true.

    Best friend Denise and her family rent a cabin in the North Georgia mountains every Thanksgiving.

  • Bus service now available

    Nature Coast Transit wants to help Levy County residents get back to work. And if work is not where you live, even if it is in Gainseville, Trenton or points in between, NCT can help workers and prospective workers get there with federal help.

  • From the weather to community tragedy, the Williston Pioneer was there in 2009

    The following compilation denotes the stories that made headlines on the front page of the Williston Pioneer in 2009:

    Jan. 1: Dry conditions cause concern: The combination of recent hard freezes in North Central Florida along with an average drought index of 619 has created higher than normal risks for wildfires.

  • Community Happenings

    Friday, Jan. 8

    Blood Drive

    Williston Community invites residents to do their part to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for the community when they team up with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to host a blood drive Friday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 9.

    Stop by the bloodmobile at City Hall between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and make a contribution that can save up to three lives in local hospitals.

    Saturday, Jan. 9

    Klinkenberg to

    Address FOL

  • Alzheimer's and dementia support group to meet

    The first meeting of the Alzheimer’s / Dementia Support Group will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to family members, friends and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    Rolando Perez-Melendez, 18, of Williston was charged with sexual battery Dec. 18.

    Drew Anthony Gore, 18, of Ocala was charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carry a concealed firearm Dec. 28. Bond was $20,000.

    Jeremy Mason Arrington, 29, of Chiefland was charged with two counts larceny and burglary of a structure Jan. 1. Bond was $20,000.

  • Blair trial delayed

    The trial of former Levy County EZDA Director Pamela Williams Blair has been delayed until March 1 to allow her attorney time to recover from surgery.

    Blair, who was indicted in November 2008 along with suspended County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker,  is accused to lying to a federal agent during a political corruption investigation.

  • PE waits on combined operating license

    It will be in the first quarter of 2010 before Progress Energy can assess the full scope of where it stands on two proposed nuclear power plants in Levy County

    Carla Groleau, community relations manager for the utility, told Williston Rotarians Tuesday that there has been a shift in scheduling but the company is hoping for a realignment early in the new year.

    The combined operating license, issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is next on Progress Energy’s scheduled timeline, she said.