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Today's News

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 8-16

    The following information is taken from Levy County Sheriff's Office arrest reports:

     

    Aug. 9, Beech, David Lee, of Chiefland, Battery touch or strike. $20,000 bond.

    Aug. 12, Boykin, Brandon Travon, of Archer, no valid license.

    Aug. 11, Boykin William Tay, of Trenton, four counts grand theft less than $5,000, marijuana poss. more than 20 grams, Drug equipment, trespassing. $23,000 bond.

    Aug. 10, Brown, Germain Rommell, of Ocala, sentenced weekender.

  • Tarmac wins another round in court

    Tarmac America LLC won another round Friday in its 8-year drive to mine more than 6 million tons of lime rock on 2,757 acres on a 4,750 acre site known as the King Road mine near Inglis over a 110-year period. 

  • Bronson holds on water and sewer ordinances

    Bronson officials say they still don't have enough information to make a decision on proposed fees regarding water and sewer connections for new applicants.

    After discussions over proposed ordinances and resolutions on fees at the Aug. 6 meeting, town council members voted 4-1 in favor of tabling them until more information could be looked at.

    Council Member Berlon Weeks made the first objection to passing the new fees, adding that he knew they had already been tentatively approved.

  • Wingo cleared of ethics violation charges

    The dark cloud that hovered over Williston’s interim city manager for almost two years was lifted Aug. 8 when an administrative law judge recommended that the Commission on Ethics dismiss the complaint against her.

    Dr. Oel Wingo, Williston’s interim city manager in 2011 and since June of this year, was accused in October 2010 of violating specific ethics codes while in the position of city manager in Holly Hill.

  • McCallum wins by wide margin, Meeks, Joyner receives GOP nominations

    Bobby McCallum, who lost a close race for sheriff four years ago, bounced back on Tuesday to decisively win by 20 percentage points in unofficial results over Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan for the Republican nomination in one of the most heated races in Levy County history.

    McCallum received 2,412 votes or 58.01 percent to Sullivan's 1,612 or 38.77 percent and Noel Desmond's 134 votes or 3.22 percent. 

  • Primary Election is today. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Airport will see vast improvements at minimal cost to the city

    With the resignation of one city councilman and two more on vacation, Tuesday’s Williston City Council meeting was brief and to the point.

    After calling for a special election, the council passed two resolutions that will be improvements and enhancements to the Williston Airport. Councilors Elihu Ross and Charles Goodman voted via a telephone conference call.

    The first project, valued at over $3.2 million, will only cost the city about $42,000 and will improve Taxiway A.

  • Backwater fishing is at its best

    By Capt. Brylee

    Special to the Pioneer

    The recent increase in rains have created a fresh water fisher’s haven. The rivers, lakes,and ponds have taken more water lately than in previous months. The Suwannee River has overflowed into most every spring through Levy County and the smaller rivers have done the same.

  • County tentatively OKs rollback millage

    The Levy County Commission unanimously adopted a higher property tax millage of 8.5759, up from 7.8144, but that may not be the final word on the property tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

    Under state law, the millage adopted at Tuesday’s meeting for the TRIM (Truth in millage) property tax notices this month — and known as the rollback rate — cannot go higher, but it can be lowered.

    The rate will bring in $13,862,208, just $1.2 million over last year’s $12,626,459 for the county General Revenue Fund.

  • Water doused on fire talks

    The Chiefland and Cedar Key commissions’ suggestions that the Levy County Commission hold a public workshop on fire operations is unanimously tabled until those officials first talk with County Fire Chief David Knowles. 

    “Allow him the opportunity to sit down with you,” Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) told Norm Fugate, Chiefland and Cedar Key city attorney, and Chiefland Vice Mayor Teresa Barron.