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NEWS

  • .North Chiefland Church of God

    Attention all area pastors, youth groups, bands and drama teams. You are invited to be a part of ENCOUNTERFEST 2009: Sept. 3-5 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the North Chiefland Church of God.

    More than your average “Youth Revival”, this event will be an area wide, multi-church meeting. Youth groups from around the area will be performing skits, mimes, and drama shorts each night.

    The music will be up-beat and fresh featuring our live band, “Radio Emprise” from Priscilla Baptist Church in Bell.

  • Nature Coast Hospital is under new management and change is already taking place.

    Partners Healthcare Development Inc. (PHD) out of Overland Park, Kan. became the new management group for the hospital Sept. 1, according to spokesman Nathan Adams, vice president of communication and government affairs.

    Read the story in this week's Pioneer.

  • The Williston Red Devils traveled to PK Yonge and after a 14-14 tie at the end of the first half, the offense began to gel.

    Red Devils' Deonte Welch took the game under his belt and led the Red Devils to a 33-14 win.

    Welch had a total of 179 rushing yards and 71 in the fourth quarter alone while scoring two touchdowns. DJ King also had two touchdowns for the Red Devils in the win.

     

  • Six candidates have qualified to run in the Sept. 8 Bronson Town Council elections according to Town Clerk Kelli Brettel.

    Three seats are open and the incumbents have qualified in each race: Aaron Edmondson in Seat One, Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo in Seat Three and Melody LaFlam in Seat Five.

  • A 10-year career at Wellee^Bilt Industries came to a halt last week for a convicted felon who brought a handgun to work.

    According to the Williston Police Department, Richard A. Williams, 50, of SE Third Street hid a handgun in a piece of pipe and threatened to kill any co-worker who said anything about it.

    However, employees, concerned about safety in the workplace, notified management who then in turn called the police.

    Williams had served time in prison for killing a man in Bradford County 20 years ago

  • Bronson letter carrier Rose Conklin pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to failing to deliver more than 125,000 letters, newspapers and circulars over a six-year period that she worked with the U.S. Postal Service. She faces the possibility of a five year prison sentence, plus three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a $1,000 monetary assessment.

    As part of her plea deal she has agreed to pay the $1,000 assessment before her sentencing in November.

  • All the information you need about Williston is now at your fingertips.

    The new 2009-2010 Williston Area Chamber of Commerce member directory is now available around town and at the chamber office.

    In addition to the ads that support its publication, the directory also includes brief articles about the different facets that make up Williston, including recreation, history, lifestyle, business, health care, religion and education.

    The center spread is a pull-out map of the city with a key that directs you to the street you are looking for.

  • The Levy County Fair Association has a new permanent home, Jim Smith told Williston Chamber of Commerce members last Thursday.

    Smith, the executive director of the fair association, announced that on Aug. 2, the group will be headquartered at 40 NW 1st St., Williston, directly across from the post office. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., he said.

    The Levy County Fair will be held April 8-11, 2010, Smith said.

  • The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners next week.

        And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

        But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

  • The Florida Cabinet has given its blessing to locating a two-unit nuclear power plant in Levy County about two miles from the town of Inglis.

    Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, serving as the Siting Board, unanimously approved Progress Energy Florida’s request for construction of a nuclear facility on a 3,105-acre location. The Levy Nuclear Plant is the first nuclear facility approved in Florida since 1976.

  • The Annual Meeting for the Suwannee River Fair & Livestock Association will be held on Monday, Aug.24 at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.

  • Monday will signal mixed blessings across the county as many students fall into a depression and their parents will breathe a sigh of relief as yellow buses roll and traffic increases when Levy school bells ring.

    Teachers were back on the job this week organizing their rooms and planning curricula in anticipation of another year of learning.

    In Williston, schools are hosting open houses tonight and Friday. Students may pick up schedules and parents get an opportunity to meet the people entrusted with their children for six hours a day.

  • Levy County’s Emergency Medical Service got a pat on the back but it is not resting on its laurels.

    EMS Director Trish Seibold told the Levy County Commission in its regular meeting Tuesday morning that the Florida Department of Health had commended the agency on passing a recent compliance monitoring site survey.

  • Marjorie “Mimi” Hale, owner of the Ivy House, recenty published her first cookbook Gracefully Southern.

    At her first book signing at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., she met Bobby Flay, New York Times best-selling author and host of several cooking shows on the Food Network.

    Hale will have a local book signing from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at the restaurant in Williston.

  • A conditional special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in the Montbrook community that has been hotly contested by residents will be considered in a public hearing on Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. by the Levy County Commission.

    The mine permit application by Johannes Vanderwey calls for the operation to be done near the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Montbrook community on an 88.18 acre site. The plans call for major mining, including blasting and crushing, on 68.8 acres for the next 20 years.

  • The Williston Public Library has more new books for the dog days of summer.

    Riven by Jerry Jenkins, Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel, Assegai by Wilbur Smith, Shattered by JoAnn Ross, The Great Decision by Cliff Sloan, One Perfect Gift by Kathleen Morgan.

    Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind, Dark Angels by Darleen Cohen, No Small Miracles by Norris Burkes, One Mississippi by Mark Childress, Men in Black by Mark A. Levin, The Last Child by John Hart, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King.

  • El Nio is here, and the National Weather Service and the Levy County Emergency Management are urging residents to prepare for potential severe weather caused by its impacts.

    El Nio, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • “Who’ll give me a 10 dollar bill?” was the question of the night Saturday as auctioneer Bob Martin of Otter Creek helped ring up more than $2,300 in sales of donated items to benefit Suwannee Valley Players.

    The Players are just six weeks into a massive, year-long fund-raising push to bring in $20,000 towards renovating the historic Chief Theatre. Saturday’s auction struck the first blow in the effort, as area businesses and individuals dug deep to help the 27-year-old community theater group upgrade its premises.

  •  National Hurricane Center in Miami announced early this morning the formation of the first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

    As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Ana was moving west at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was located approximately 920 miles east of the Leeward Islands, the chain of islands southeast of Puerto Rico, latitude 14.3 north and longitude 48.3 west.