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NEWS

  • Levy County is only expecting to receive $21,092,968 in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, and on Monday heard spending requests totaling $20,811,999.
    The lion’s share of the budget – $10,804,058 – was requested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
    The requests were part of a budget workshop held by the Levy County Commission on Monday.
    Although County Property Appraiser Oz Barker did not attend the meeting – and his budget request is down 14 percent from last year – property taxes were on everyone’s minds.

  • The weekend promises to be filled with all things patriotic and some fun and games on the side.
    Start your holiday weekend here in Williston Saturday, July 2 with the  “Proud to be An American” parade at 5 p.m.
    Dr. Kenneth Wise will be the grand marshal for the parade.
    Numerous participants have committed to participating in the parade that runs its course east on Noble Avenue.

  • Citizens of Williston:

    Ever notice the ground rumble from time to time?

    What that is is blasting on the west side of the county at mines (lime rock saturated with water is a good conductor of vibrations).

    Imagine if that blasting were going on only four miles away.  What would you feel and hear then?

    Well unless you stand up with the residents of the East Levy Street area only 4 miles south on LCR 323 and LCR322 you will find out!

    Please take a very short ride:

  • By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Personnel issues involving two bus drivers and a custodian consumed Tuesday's three-plus hour School Board of Levy County meeting. The board also called a Aug. 2 public hearing to discuss policy changes, including the adoption of the "baggy pants law," recently approved by Florida legislators.

  • Wasting no time to get a handle on the city’s financial situation, Interim City Manager Oel Wingo asked the council Tuesday to allow her to enter into a contract for services with an accounting firm who can straighten out the city’s books in prepararation for the state-mandated audit.
    Severn Trent Management Services, with offices across the state, including Coral Springs, Orlando and St. Augustine, was the lowest of four proposals submitted to the city for financial services.

  • And then there were three.
    Williston City Council agreed this afternoon to pare its list for city manager even more, and decided on three potential permanent replacements for Marcus Collins, who resigned in March.
    Oel Wingo, Patrick Miller and John McCue made the final cut Thursday after interviews with the council and mayor.
    The three came from an original list of 34 that was trimmed to seven.
    All seven were interviewed last Thursday and today.

  • Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.

  •  Chris Sutherlin Jr., charged with 2nd degree felony manslaughter in the death of Rocky Sparks of Crystal River, lost his bid to be put on home detention Friday in a courtroom packed with Sparks’ family and friends.
    Levy County Judge James T. Browning denied the request made by the 15-year-old New Port Richey boy’s attorney, Allan H. Kaye of Gainesville.  

  • The city of Williston will celebrate Independence Day in hometown style Saturday, July 2.
    The annual parade will begin at 5 p.m.  The parade theme is “Proud to be an American”.  This year Dr. Kenneth Wise will lead the parade as its Grand Parade Marshal.

  • Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.

  • The city of Williston is looking into why there have been several power outages in the last few months.

    Gary Bitter, an engineer with Progress Energy, has been contacted and he and CJ Zimoski believe in order to isolate and locate the problem, the  settings on the recloser will have to be changed. This will not leave the system unprotected; however, it will allow the fuses to blow.

    If there is a problem on the city’s system it may cause outages.  These outages should be limited to a few blocks at a time rather than the whole town flashing.

  • Marisela Barcenas, Williston's finance director, has resigned effective June 24, 2011.
    At last week's city council meeting, council members learned that the state-mandated audit has hit a stumbling block because the auditors do not have the necessary information to proceed.
    The auditor told council that bank reconciliations have not been done nor have the 2010 books been closed.
    Barcenas was not at the meeting Tuesday, and has not attended in over two months.

     

  • From the Williston-Sun
    Suwannee Valley News
    June 5, 1986 and June 12, 1986

  • Bronson Town Council members say they now have sound scientific data refuting flood zones established in the town by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    "It makes me really proud because it shows we were right from the start," said Council Member Berlon Weeks at Monday night's regular meeting.

  • They have been serving you all year, now it’s your turn to show your appreciation AND take a shot at winning a little pocket money for your effort.
    The Williston Pioneer is sponsoring its first Readers’ Choice Awards (ballot on page 12 of this week's Pioneer), where merchants, services and professionals will be named “The Best of” by the people who patronize them.
    All ballots are collected in our office at 37 South Main St., and each week until the contest ends, one ballot will be drawn. The person who submitted that ballot will win $25.

  • About 90 homes, businesses and other buildings near the Goethe State Forest were threatened Monday by a fire that's been burning in the area since April.
    Ludie Bond, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Department of Forestry, said the fire, now officially known as the Badlands Fire, picked up steam Monday when it was fed by strong downdrafts from an approaching storm.
    "The fire started getting extremely aggressive and extremely erratic."

  • The city of Williston has less than four months to meet the state’s auditing requirement. It can be done, but it’s going to take a lot of make up work, the city council learned Tuesday night.
    Helen Painter, of the auditing firm Purvis, Gray & Company, which is conducting the city’s financial audit, presented council members with a list of 15 items still not in their possession and needed to complete the audit before Sept. 30.

  • Levy County Emergency Management in cooperation with Florida Division of Forestry have decided to institute a VOLUNTARY burn ban for Levy County.

    Here are some of the reasons why this decision was made:

    •Levy County has not received significant long term rainfall in 30 days.

    •The drought index currently is 638 and is expected to rise until we have rainfall. To see the state drought index go to http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/KBDI/index.html
     

  • Chiefland celebrates its biggest cash crop with the 57th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thousands come from surrounding communities to enjoy a free slice of the fruit, enjoy children’s activities, buy arts and crafts, and view the annual parade.

  • By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@chieflandcitizen.com
    A 16-year-old boy who claimed in a civil suit that he was molested by his uncle and his grandmother did not prevent it should receive $22.44 million of the $26.4 million in damages awarded by a Levy County jury.
    But the decision may be appealed to the 1st District Court of Appeals, as the final judgment in the cases lists Stuart Markman as an appellate attorney for the grandmother and her insurer, Southern Owners Insurance Co.