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Today's News

  • Bell, Johnson to vie for same commission seat

    The political season started this week with the Tuesday announcement by Levy County Commissioner Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson of Chiefland that he is resigning his appointment to the District 1 seat to seek the District 2 seat held by Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland.

    Both have filed for the office according to a list of candidates released by the Levy County Supervisor of Elections office.

  • Community Happenings

    Thursday, March 18

    Williston FOL

    The Friends of the Williston Public Library will present the March program March 18 at 7 p.m. at the library.

    The retired principal of local schools, Reggie Williams, will show slides of his daughter's wedding in Africa.

    Saturday, March 20

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Williston Rotary Club will host its annual Easter Egg hunt Saturday, March 20 beginning at 11 a.m. at John Henry Park.

    Band Car Wash

  • Relay for Life Fund-raisers

    With the Relay for Life approaching quickly, teams are scheduling more and more events and fund-raisers.

    Horeshoe Tournament

    The Williston Church of God will host a Horseshoe Tournament at the Johnny T. Henry Celebration Park on 4th Street in Williston at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 20th. Two person teams will play in a double elimination tourney, with trophies awarded for Grand and Reserve Champion teams.

    The entry fee, which includes a meal, is $40 prior to the event, and $50 on the day of the event. If you have no partner, you can be matched with one.

  • Planes collide outside Williston; three dead

    Two airplanes collided Saturday around 11: 45 a.m., leaving three people dead.

    Lee Hanley Sentman III, 73, of Summerfield, the pilot of an experimental plane died after the aircraft collided mid-air with a Piper 32 that had left the Williston Airport.

    The Piper was engulfed in flames when emergency workers arrived and two bodies were found in the plane.

    The names of those in the Piper have not been identified at this point.

    Read the full story this week in the Pioneer.

     

  • Missionaries to Haiti home for help

    By all accounts, Beverly and Richard Felmey of Bell should be having the time of their life cruising around the Caribbean on a tour ship sending postcards home to their son, Levy County Deputy Brian Capps, of Fanning Springs, and their daughter, Healther Class, of Bell.

    They made it to the Caribbean, but not as tourists. The Felmeys operate the Feed My Sheep Mission in Montrouis, Haiti. It's a mission, school and clinic that the couple has operated since 1998.

  • Help with heating bills begins Monday

    First there was the cold, so bitter heaters worked continuously for a week.

    Now, as electric bills hit the mailboxes, folks are feeling the heat of an economic squeeze.

    Telephones are working overtime at Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Progress Energy and local agencies that help folks who cannot afford the cost of staying warm.

  • Mims Reunion leads to birthday bash

    More than 60 members of the Mims family will meet Saturday, March 13 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Williston. A catered lunch will be served to family members attending the reunion.

    At 2:30 p.m., a dessert reception will be held for church family and friends as they pay tribute to Virginia Celoria in honor of her 90th birthday.

    The family says cards are welcomed, but gifts are not necessary.

  • Community unites to help Scout, clean cemetery

    When Brandon Bonaccorso of Williston had to decide on an Eagle Scout project, he looked no further than his drive to work in Micanopy.

    Each time he went past the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Community Cemetery located on Hwy. 318, he was confronted by years of neglect on the eight-acre tract of land.

  • Crashes spur county to write new policy

    A spate of crashes in the last month involving Levy County vehiclesee* including one where a gentleman's agreement on who would pay for the repairs ee* is resulting in a policy being written on the handling of such incidents.

    In the past month a county vehicle used by the extension office, a county truck that was towing portable work lights, and a county dump truck loaded with asphalt were all involved in accidents.

  • County Judge to be ‘invested’ Friday

    A formal investiture for newly appointed Levy County Judge James T. “Tim” Browning will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Courtroom A at the Levy County Courthouse.

    The public is welcome to attend the ceremony and the reception that follows in the cafetorium at Hilltop Alternative School behind the courthouse.

    The ceremony, which dates back to feudal times, is a formal ceremony where the judge takes an oath to uphold the U.S. and Florida constitutions and the laws of the state.