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NEWS

  • No one asked Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith about the 3 percent pay raise he gave deputies in May when he spoke at the Levy Board of County Commissioners’ budget workshop on Monday.

    When Smith mentioned it, he was told how he spends money budgeted by the commissioners is up to him. He was also told to cut his request down by 5 percent from this year’s funding.

  • A free performance of puppetry by the Red String Wayang Theatre will be held Monday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Williston Public Library, 10 SE First St.

    The program is made possible with funding from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the arts and the Florida departmentof State Division of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding was provided by the Appleton Museum Endowment for Instruction and Library.

  • Sadness, anger, confusion — these are some of the feelings people experience when dealing with grief. However, children and adults do not grieve in the same way, so a different counseling approach is needed.

  • Reporters and editors for the Williston Pioneer and the Chiefland Citizen walked away last week with eight writing awards from the Florida Press Association during its annual luncheon celebrating its Better Newspaper Contest.

  • The state of Florida passed out money for emergency medical services this week and Levy County received the largest amount of money in the state — $120,600.

    The money, in the form of a 90/10 matching grant will allow the county to purchase a new ambulance and to take one of its high-milage units off the road, said Trish Seibold, director of Levy County Emergency Medical Services. The county’s match will b $13,400.

  • William Samuel Yearty, 64, convicted of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer wanting to build a project in Levy County and lying to the FBI in an interview, became inmate 20575-017 on Tuesday when he reported to the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola.

    The 30-year veteran of the Levy County Commission and its chairman found himself among the facility’s minimum security inmates at Sauffley Field, a U.S. Navy base.

  • Williston’s fiscal report is clean, councilors learned Tuesday, but attention was called to a possible downward trend in the city’s net assets by auditor Ben Doerr Jr. of the James Moore Company.

    Doerr suggested the downward spiral may have been caused by unrestricted spending over the last two years.

    The audit was for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009.

    Doerr also touched on the possibility of expediting the fiscal auditing process by leaving out the examination of pension funding, due to a lack of change for the last several years.

  • Due the the July 4 holiday and staff vacations, the Williston Pioneer website was not updated last week.

    Regular online readers can still find copies of the July 1 edition throughout the Bronson/Williston area and at our office at 37 South Main Street, Williston.

    The website will be updated Friday, July 9.

  • Carol McQueen, chair of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and vice chair of the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency, confirmed for the Levy County Commission what has been rumored for several months: that money is missing from the agencies’ accounts and a the director who resigned in January is under investigation.

    McQueen was not on the agenda for the Tuesday commission meeting when she spoke during the public comment portion and revealed that about $35,000 was missing.

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  • A Williston boy was killed Tuesday in a single car accident on Hwy. 121S, less than a mile from town.

    Theodore J. Radacky, 16, was traveling south on Hwy. 121 around 2:50 p.m., when for an unknown reason, he traveled onto the grassy portion of the west side shoulder, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The front of the 2000 Chevrolet SUV hit a light pole, causing the vehicle to spin clockwise. It then struck a fence and a small tree in the fence line as it traveled into a livestock field.

  • The state agency that regulates the licensing of exotic animals held in captivity will hold a public workshop tonight (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear public comment on proposed rule changes.

  • An Apopka man is being held in the Marion County jail where he is facing a charge of attempted homicide, according to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    James Douglas Sexton, 21, was arrested in Ocala June 6 after authorities investigated a shooting that occurred the day before on SE 181 Court, Morriston.

    Upon arrival at the residence deputies found Joshua Eubanks lying on the ground bleeding from multiple gun shot wounds.  The victim’s girlfriend, Rebecca Saverns and her 4-month-old child was present during the shooting.

  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering adopting rules to govern the penning and hunting of foxes and coyotes in enclosed lands, something the Levy County Board of Commissioners wants continued.

    The commission, in its regular meeting Tuesday at the County Courthouse, voted unanimously in favor of a resolution stating support for legally operated fox hunting enclosures. The resolution says such businesses “are a benefit to Levy County and should be allowed to continue lawful operation.”

  • The details are to still be worked out but Levy County veterans will get their overdue parade.

    The Board of County Commissioners, which normally gives its blessings to an annual Veterans Day parade in Bronson, was not asked to approve one in 2009, something which disappointed some folks.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas is working to rectify that by uniting the county's veterans service organizations and the commission behind a countywide annual Veterans Day celebration.

  • Ryan Bell of Chiefland has announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat held by incumbent Lilly Rooks of Rosewood on the Levy County Board of County Commissioners.

    Bell, a fifth generation Levy County resident, is the second candidate in the Republican Party primary being held Aug. 24. He will face off against Noel K. Desmond.

  • The School Board of Levy County is one of 13 school districts in Florida that may not receive federal funds that could be used to assist in reforming education and turning around struggling area schools.

    The Levy County Education Association refused to sign a memorandum of understanding that stated the district’s willingness to participate in the Race to the Top program. If Florida is granted the $700 million it is applying for, Levy County could lose out on $1.145 million over four years.

    The deadline to sign the memorandum was Tuesday, May 25.

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  • Hurricane season began Tuesday and national hurricane watchers predict the storm season will be active, while a poll of coastal residents appears to find relaxed attitudes in preparations.

    But in Levy County, Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson takes the approach of hurricane season seriously and will be conducting a hurricane tipoff meeting for public officials on June 9.

  • The Williston FFA Alumni and other friends are in the early stages of planning a retirement reception for Robert Philpot.

    Philpot has been an Ag Teacher at Williston High School since 1973 and is retiring at the end of this school year. The reception has been planned for Saturday, May 15 at the Williston Middle School Cafetorium from 3-6 p.m.