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Today's News

  • Seat belt law just got tougher; fine for non-use is $98

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is going to be checking for seat belt use under the new state law that went into effect on Tuesday.

    Drivers need to be aware that the new law allows officers to stop and ticket a driver for not wearing a seat belt even when there is no other traffic violation.

    Under the old law, the ticket could only be issued if the driver was stopped for another traffic infraction and was not wearing a seat belt at the same time.

  • Williston represented in martial arts tournament

    While Williston was celebrating Independence Day here at home with its parade and festivities at Horseman’s Park, some of Williston’s younger “warriors” were representing our town and country in a different battle of the champions.

  • Graduates overcame life's speed bumps to diploma

    It was one of the smallest graduations around: 14 people receiving diplomas at the Levy Campus of Central Florida Community College.

    Thursday’s event also was one of the biggest and most anxiously waited for the graduates and their families.

    The GED — General Equivalency Diploma — graduates at Central Florida Community College’s Levy campus traveled from nearby counties as well as within Levy County to attend class, study, do homework, projects, and answer the questions on quizzes, tests and final exams.

  • The vise tightens as school grade standards get tougher

    New Levy County Schools Assistant Superintendent Gina Tovine is already hip-deep in addressing the greatest challenges affecting area schools. Tovine spoke at Tuesday’s school board meeting, giving an update on Florida Schools Accountability policy.

    Florida Department of Education recently released school grades, and the news was mostly good. District-wide, there has been steady improvement, with Levy County gaining steadily in points each year and earning a grade of “B” again this year.

  • New satellite phones create communications web to aid disaster recovery

    The Levy County Emergency Management has filled a gap in the communications loop throughout the region this week with the arrival of eight new satellite phones, according to LCEM Director Mark Johnson.

    “This plugs a huge communications hole in Levy County,” Johnson said. “If the area is hit with a major storm and all other communications are down, the satellite phones create an emergency responder communications web. We’ll be able to know exactly what the needs of each community are.”

  • Trio arrested after Winn Dixie incident

    Investigator Mark Morgan and Officer Gallup with the Williston Police Department arrested Michelle McNeal for burglary, uttering a forgery, uttering a forged instrument, dealing in stolen property, petit theft and habitual offender for driving with her license suspended. Augustino Jazikoff was arrested for burglary, petit theft and retail theft along with Andrew Phillips for burglary, criminal mischief and petit theft.

  • Commissioners close door on chat after spat

    Levy County Commission Chair Nancy Bell had a closed door talk with fellow Commissioner Danny Stevens after the two sparred in a public meeting over her plans to attend a national conference while forcing budget cuts on county constitutional officers, departments and agencies.

  • An effort needs to be made

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew's July 2 Williston Pioneer article in which she exhorted the local populace to participate in the decision making process for the upcoming 2009/2010 county budget. I took Commissioner Drew's message to heart and made plans to attend the county budget hearing held at the Bronson courthouse on July 7 at 1 p.m. I even took a little time to look at her website which is where my confusion began.

  • Sheriff asks for same budget

    Levy County Commission Chair Nancy Bell says the county is in “dire straits” financially in the coming year and she would like to see across the board budget cuts of 5 percent from this year’s funding levels.

    But Sheriff Johnny Smith’s representative told the commission in a budget workshop Tuesday that if funding is not maintained at its current level patrol cars will be parked and “three or more” people will be laid off.

  • Area team plays at Cooperstown

    Levy County sent some of its best baseball players to the cradle of baseball civilization last month as Williston Warriors competed in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park.

    Chiefland’s Kyle Weeks, along with Williston’s Austin Langworthy, Tyler Moore and J.J. Roberts, was were part of the Williston Warriors 12u AAU team that traveled to Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and fabled site of baseball’s birthplace.