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Today's News

  • Proposed budget balanced; taxes lower

    The human element entered budget negotiations at the city council’s second budget workshop last week.

    Joining city manager Marcus Collins and finance director Mark Schiefer in their presentation was C.J. Zimoski, the representative of the city’s union, AFSCME. He was there to discuss the elimination of two positions from the Public Works Department, caused by the outsourcing of solid waste collection at the beginning of June. Mark Schneider, one of the two displaced workers, was there as well.

  • Pioneer’s sister paper has new editor

    Change is in the air at the Chiefland Citizen and veteran journalist and former news editor Lou Elliott Jones steps up the helm as the newspaper’s editor.

    Jones replaces Jim Clark, who has taken another editor position near his home in Ocala.

    Jones joined the Citizen a year ago as a staff writer, and because of her strong newspaper background and leadership abilities, was promoted to news editor last fall.

  • Rainbow River testing gets public scrutiny

    More beach closings on the Rainbow River are possible as the county tightens its standards for water quality at public swimming areas.

    On July 22, the Marion County Health Department recommended closing the Village of Rainbow Springs Beach, Rainbow Springs State Campground Beach and Dunnellon City Beach as well as KP Hole Park Beach.

    Water samples from these locations failed on two successive tests to meet the U.S. EPA’s recommended limit for enterococci bacteria — bacteria found in the intestines of all humans and warm-blooded animals.

  • Man brandishes knife in Yankeetown Park

    A man accused of chasing people with a knife at the County Park on CR 40 has been arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, felony battery and one count of corruption by threat to a public official.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    • James F. Roberts, 64, of Trenton was arrested July 19 for domestic battery, Bond was $3,500.

    • Mari Miller, 25, of Bronson was arrested July 23 and charged with petit theft when she allegedly took a wallet. Bond was $2,500.

    • Gwendolyn Dawn Stalnaker, 36, of Bronson was arrested July 18 and charged with neglect of a child. Bond was $35,000.

  • Man accused of sexual battery

    A Williston man has been arrested and charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious sexual battery on a child.

    Investigator Mike Bell arrested Brent Elskan on July 24 after the victim reported to the Levy County Sheriff's Office that Elskan sexually assaulted her in 2004 and 2005 in the Williston area. Elskan was 28 years of age when he allegedly sexually assaulted the victim who was 14 years old.

    Elskan was interviewed on July 24 and he admitted to having sexual intercourse with the victim on numerous occasions.

  • Williston Police Department

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Roberto A. Olivares, 31, of Gainesville was charged with not having a valid driver’s license on July 17.

    • Drew Michael Myhree of NE 10th Blvd., Williston, was charged July 21 on an Alachua County warrant for negligent manslaughter, Vehicular DUI cause of death to human or unborn child.

    • Lawrence Robert Ludeman, 59, of NW 1st Street, Williston was arrested July 21 and charged with driving while license suspended or revoked.

  • Community Calendar

    Bluegrass Pickin’

    The Suwannee Valley Bluegrass Pickin’ takes place at Otter Springs RV Resort, Saturday Aug. 1.

    Bring your homemade favorite dessert to share as you listen to some of the best bluegrass groups from Florida. The music will start at 6 p.m. in the Big Cypress Lodge and the music will go on until everyone goes home.

    This event will be free to the public but we would appreciate a donation to help out on the groups’ travel expenses.

  • Sign maker will donate proper 911 addressing

    Getting adequate 911 signage in the city of Williston just got a little easier.

    Steve Dibble, a local sign maker has stepped up the plate and is willing to donate signs that meet city requirements to any resident who needs one.

    Dibble said too often, adhesive signs sold in stores either don’t stick properly or aren’t the right size.

    “I have lots of scrap material left over,” he said, “and I donate the form the number goes on. It’s my way of giving back to the community.”

  • You don’t want your picture taken

    After months of discussion, planning, construction, installation and fine tuning, the red light enforcement camera are in place, according to Lt. Clay Connolly of the Williston Police Department.

    Last week the cameras were calibrated for timing, located and speed and on May 15 they went online. Warning letters will be mailed to violators for the first 30 days but will discontinue on June 15.

    “I have fielded several questions regarding these cameras,” Connolly said, “and most of them have to do with the point at which a violation is captured.