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NEWS

  • Horse lovers and racing enthusiasts will be glued to their TVs this Saturday as Churchill Downs marks  the 137th birthday of the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports with the Run for the Roses–the Kentucky Derby.
    This year, Williston and Levy County residents will also take deeper interest in the race since two Williston-area horses are in contention to run for the first jewel in racing’s Triple Crown.

  • The city of Williston will observe the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5 at noon in the pavilion at Heritage Park.
    The National Day of Prayer  is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation.The law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952.

  • Just in time for Mother's Day–the Williston Pioneer wants to salute mothers and daughters who look alike.
    All photographs will be published this week, May 5.
    The mother/daughter who look most alike will win a free lunch, courtesy of the Williston Pioneer.
    Hurry, submit those twin-like pictures before 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3.
    Email to editor@willistonpioneer.com or bring them by our office at 37 South Main St., Williston.
    Questions? Call Carolyn at 528-3343.

  • Floridians received a gift last week when it was announced that the bay scallop start date has been pushed up from July 1 to June 24 and extended for two weeks from Sept. 30 to Oct. 14,.
    Midday April 19, Sen. Charlie Dean emerged from a meeting with the Florida Cabinet in the Panhandle and announced that they approved his request to open scallop season one week early and extend the season for two weeks.

  • By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Landscaping plays a major role in whether your home is destroyed in a wildfire. About 50 firemen and homeowners, mostly from Levy County, attended a Tuesday meeting in Chiefland about how to have a "firewise" home.
    The meeting, hosted by the Friends of the Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland and coordinated by the Florida Department of Forestry, also explained the benefits of prescribed burns, what’s legal and not legal to burn and how to understand proper and safe ways to burn.

  • When the Levy County Commission meets to consider Tarmac’s application for a special exception for the King Road Mine speakers should be prepared to get to the point quickly.
    That’s because Commission Chairman Danny Stevens (R-District 5) of Williston has set time limits for speaking during the quasi-judicial hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom A at the County Courthouse in Bronson.

  • Two children who accused their uncle of sexually abusing them have taken a long and winding road to obtain justice and they are still unrequited.
    This is not a case that will put someone in prison.
    The man accused of abusing his niece and nephew committed suicide the day Levy County Sheriff’s deputies came to arrest him on charges of sexual activity with a child under the age of 12.

  •  Work began April 25 on a project to widen US 41 in eastern Levy County to allow for new left turn lanes.

     Crews will widen US 41 in front of the Morriston Post Office to allow for left turn lanes onto County Road (CR) 323 and CR 326.

                Lane closures are planned Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to dusk.  The posted speed limit of 60 mph will remain during construction, but motorists should use caution when crews are working.

  • On April 30,  the annual Crab Fest will begin in the Williston area.  The event usually begins mid afternoon and last during the late evening hours.  There will be an increase in vehicle & pedestrian traffic in the area of County Road 318 in East Williston.
     

  • The Williston City Council gave in to former City Manager Marcus Collins’ demand that he be allowed to collect more than $27,000 in severance pay without signing away his right to sue the city.

    The decision — 3-1 with Councilor Norm Fugate abstaining and Jerry Robinson voting no — came in a special meeting Friday morning at city hall that was marked by hostility and loud outbursts between council members and the public, and council members and interim City Manager Marisela Barcenas.

  • A decision by Williston Council President Marc Nussel to move the city council’s meeting in a more polite, civil manner was temporarily aborted Tuesday night as tempers once again flared and the interim city manager and finance director stormed out of the meeting.

     Marisela Barcenas, appointed last week to step in for exiting manager Marcus Collins as interim city manager, picked up her belongings and left the meeting, telling the packed chambers because of the behavior the people exhibit, she did not want to be from Williston.

  • The Williston City Council gave in to former City Manager Marcus Collins’ demand that he be allowed to collect more than $27,000 in severance pay without signing away his right to sue the city.

    The decision — 3-1 with Councilor Norm Fugate abstaining — came in a special meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at City Hall that was marked by bitter outbursts between council members and the public, and council members and interim City Manager Marisela Barcenas.

  • Williston City Council took more than 90 minutes Tuesday discussing how much, if any, severance pay was due to the former city manager.
    The end result–more than $27,000-but it was a difficult journey getting to the figure.
    Marcus Collins, city manager since January 2009 resigned March 23 and at last week’s meeting council voted to give him a severance package, that included vacation and sick time.

  • The Levy County Commission has decided that the search for new courthouse space will not include the old Bronson High School property at its back door.
    It’s a blow to Clerk of Court Danny Shipp’s plan to purchase and renovate the property. He told the commissioners on Tuesday that members of the county’s courthouse space committee met with representatives of the School Board to negotiate for the purchase of the 20 acres and the buildings — the old school which houses Hilltop School, the gymnasium and portable buildings.

  • Thelma McCain knows how important it is to feel needed, to have a purpose, something to do. Her developmentally disabled son, Harold, 48, has been finding things to do through the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens for 26 years.
    McCain, a Cedar Key resident who volunteers at LARC, said, “At the end of the day, they see something they have accomplished.
    “These people don’t have anywhere else to go. When they are at LARC, they get to do things. They need a life, other than just sitting, watching TV or something.”

  • Levy County is moving into the 21st Century, while returning to its old ways.
    During the formal meeting last week and free-wheeling workshop later, led by Commissioners Ryan Bell of Chiefland (R-District 2) and Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3), the commission discussed:

  • It’s not that she doesn’t believe in spanking–because she has spanked her three children in the past, but Williston’s Tenika Jones opposes corporal punishment in schools.
    That opposition is stronger now that her  5-year-old son Jeff (not his real name) was the recipient of a paddling Feb. 1 that, according to her, led to an asthma attack.
    Jones said when she went to meet the school bus that February afternoon, Jeff was crying when he came off the bus.

  • A year of bake sales, yard sales and specialty dinners will come to a close Saturday as fundraisers for the Relay for Life gather at the Williston High School football field to celebrate their hard work.
    Relay, the chief money raiser for the American Cancer Society, also celebrates its 10th year in Williston.
    Cancer survivors will be the guests of honor when the event kicks off at noon and closes early Sunday morning.

  • Edward Fenton, James Blundy and Travis Egyed are charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property after spending the wee hours Friday morning stripping wire from an irrigation system on a Williston farm, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.