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Today's News

  • Jobless rates climb in area and state

    BY JEFF M. HARDISON

    For the Pioneer

    The two biggest cities for Levy County workers to find jobs have shown increases in the numbers of unemployed people within their own city limits in 2007, according to records.

    Unemployment rates for Gainesville and Ocala showed an increase in 2007 in comparison with 2006, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor.

    The average unemployment rate in Gainesville for all of 2006 was 2.7 percent. The average unemployment rate in Ocala for all of 2006 was 3.4 percent, according to federal records.

  • Bishop visits Holy Family

    Most Rev. Victor Galeone, right, bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, performs a reading during the rededication and blessing ceremony at Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston on Sunday. With him is Father Rodolfo Godinez, pastor. The event rededicated the church and blessed the new parish hall and Angel House.

  • County approves equestrian events with some conditions

    Three equestrian events at two different places and happening over a three-month span received approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 8, but the approval includes conditions.

    The 90-acre Black Prong Equestrian Center is the sole location for two events, and it was specifically noted that no action related to these special events is to occur at "the annex" for the center.

    The first event is called Nature Coast Driving Event Trials. It is set to be on Jan. 19 and 20.

  • Tangible tax savings could occur

    Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently released the second of four sets of information regarding the Jan. 29 ballot question related to modifying Homestead Exemption.

    The first part was in regard to the increased exemption. This release is about tangible personal property taxes.

    The property tax reform package provides for an exemption of $25,000 of the assessed value of tangible personal property (TPP), Akins said.

    The TPP exemption applies to all levies imposed by taxing authorities, including school districts, Akins said.

  • City discusses traffic

    The first City Council meeting of 2008 was largely a nuts and bolts session, concentrating on administrative matters. The only intense discussion was engendered by discussions of traffic control in the city.

  • Norris won't seek re-election to school post

    While there is a focus on the Jan. 29 Presidential Primary and the vote for tax relief in Florida, records from Bronson and Tallahassee show 11 candidates have opened financial accounts to run for various posts open this year in Levy County and the Eighth Judicial Circuit as of Jan. 3.

    Accounts for candidates seeking election as Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney, two Eighth Judicial Circuit Court judge seats open this year, Levy County Superintendent of Schools, three Levy County Commission seats, Levy County Property Appraiser and Levy County Sheriff.

  • Baldwin, Breeden to wed

    Mr. and Mrs. John Dan Baldwin III of Gainesville announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Danielle Baldwin, to James Everett Breeden III, son of Mr and Mrs. James Everett Breeden, Jr. of Williston.

  • Coleman 'credentialed'

    Jim Coleman, city manager of Williston, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization.

    Coleman is one of only 1,009 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. This is the Williston city manager's fifth annual and consecutive credential award by ICMA.

  • Wild observations

    In my younger life, I never expected to end up in Florida. Now during the winter holidays I've come to appreciate Florida's appeal. On Christmas I walked in the next door woods, enjoying the soft light on olive green live oak leaves, russets of turkey oaks, golden tans of rushes and brown to gray bark of tree trunks. Bluejays called in tree tops; chickadees chittered in lower branches.

  • Community calendar

    Monday, January 14, 2008

    AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    WHS Athletic Boosters, 7 p.m., WHS Media Center;

    Williston area AARP Chapter #912, 9:30 a.m., Ornan (Masonic) Lodge, 250 N.E. Sixth. Blvd. Visitors are welcome. For information call 528-3323.

    CRA, 5:15 p.m., City Hall.

    WHS SAC will meet in the media center at 6 p.m.