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Today's News

  • City checks for unlicensed businesses

    The city of Williston is warning all business owners in the city limits that they must have a current Business Tax Certificate.

    The Code of Ordinances Section 36-31 (a) reads:

    "There is hereby levied a local business tax in the amounts as set forth in section 36-36 hereof for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation within the corporate boundaries of the city. The tax imposed hereunder shall be administered in accordance with all provision of F.S. ch. 205."

  • Julia Haile dies

    A former Levy County School Board member who was the first African American elected to county-wide office has died.

    Julia L. Haile, 82, died March 15, 2008.

    She moved from Valdosta, Ga., to Chiefland in 1957 where she taught in the Levy County Public School system until her retirement. She was elected in 1996 as a School Board member; she served two terms and was voted chairperson in her final year.

  • Bell crticizes lack of bids

    BRONSON - Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell voted "No" in a 4-1 decision on March 18 to seek bids with a $50,000 ceiling for some specific medical equipment.

    This bid, Bell told the Chiefland Citizen, is just an obligatory action that circumvents the process, which had been established to find the lowest and best bids for goods and services.

    A unique set of circumstances led to Bell's blasting the other four county commissioners.

  • Schools start discussing possible cuts

    By CLAUDE LEWIS

    For the Pioneer

    BRONSON - The storm clouds that were on the horizon are now here for the School Board of Levy County.

    Financial officer Robert Clemons believes that with proper precautions, Levy will be able to survive the spring state budget cut storm. The 2008-09 school year is another story.

    With additional state funding cuts estimated at more than a half million dollars, Levy is preparing to make moves that could shave a big chunk of money.

  • Williston Chamber ready to move

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce is apparently about to move.

    The City Council Tuesday night approved a six-month use of the annex building on Southwest Seventh Street by the Chamber. By that time, a decision on a new City Hall location should have been made, opening up other possibilities for the business organization.

    Justin Head, president of the Chamber, was an addition to the agenda, and told the council that the current office on South Main Street "is a little more costly than we can afford."

  • Upcoming events

    Unity Family Day

    Unity Family Community Center, Inc., will hold its Annual Family Day for the entire family and community, a day for families to come and learn prevention strategies and abstinence education for HIV/AIDS, substance prevention and crime prevention.

    There will be games, activities and food for the whole family. The event will be Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Unity Temple of Deliverance Outreach Center, 2351 N.E. 200th Ave., Williston.

    For details call 528-3556 or 529-2030.

  • Upcoming church events

    Church of God celebration

    The Williston Church of God choir will be presenting a musical program "An Easter Celebration." Through testimonies, Scripture and an arrangement of contemporary and Southern Gospel songs, you'll experience the entire Easter story and beyond. This celebration will take place on Saturday evening, March 22, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday morning, March 23, at 10:30 a.m.

    A nursery will be provided. The church is located at 225 S.E. Fourth St. in Williston. For information, call the church office at 528-5982.

    Bronson UMC Sunrise service

  • Fugate gains recertification

    Norm D. Fugate recently obtained re-certification as a Board Certified City, County and Local Government Law Attorney.

    Board certification recognizes attorneys' special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

    Fugate is one of 178 Florida lawyers whom The Florida Bar has certified as specialists in this particular area of law. Fugate is the only board certified attorney in Levy County. Fugate is also board certified in the area of Real Estate Law.

  • Wild Observations

    It's a rainy day - threats of severe thunderstorms and tornados in some areas. What's a nature observer to do but stay inside and remember wild things seen in the last few weeks.

  • New book arrives in town

    On Friday, March 16, 793 copies of Levy County: Voices From the Past arrived in Levy County. Because the shippers required a dock, the books were delivered to the dock of the Levy County School Board. They were immediately taken to an air-conditioned place for storage in Morriston.