http://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Independence Day in Levy County http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/independence-day-levy-county <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fireworks4.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p class="p1"> If you&rsquo;re looking for an abundant dose of patriotism this Independence Day, there are lots of opportunities to celebrate in Levy County.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> <strong><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Williston, Friday, July 1</span></strong></p> Levy residents take a pass on road http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/levy-residents-take-pass-road <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0112_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Mike Wright</span></p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> Freeway upgrades first. Parkway extension second.</p> <p class="p1"> That&rsquo;s the consensus of a group of elected and appointed officials representing six Florida counties grappling with what to do about Interstate 75 congestion between Gainesville and Tampa.</p> Most Levy officials re-elected http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/most-levy-officials-re-elected <p class="p1"> By Lou Elliott Jones</p> <p class="p2"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">When qualifying for public office closed on Friday, June 24 at noon, most Levy County constitutional offers, one state senator and three candidates for school board heaved a sigh of relief as they drew no opposition.&nbsp;</span></p> No dog in the fight http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/no-dog-fight <p> With the news last week that the Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) has the first right of refusal concerning the future of the old middle school, the Williston City Council was faced with only one action: take a bow.</p> <p> Tuesday night, City Manager Scott Lippmann told the council that the MFA has until the end of January 2017 to strike a deal with the School Board of Levy County, or walk away.</p> Commission reverses course on extension job http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/commission-reverses-course-extension-job <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7145.jpg" alt="Brad Etheridge, left, asked for a change in the extension director&#039;s job that Eric Simmone, northeast director for UF IFAS extension service, said could affect the start of the 4-H year. " title="Brad Etheridge, left, asked for a change in the extension director&#039;s job that Eric Simmone, northeast director for UF IFAS extension service, said could affect the start of the 4-H year. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <b>By Lou Elliott Jones&nbsp;</b></p> <p class="p2"> The Levy County Commission reversed course on interviewing a woman for the agricultural extension director/4-H director&rsquo;s position, which has been vacant since February, after Levy Cattlemen&rsquo;s Association spokesman made a &quot;23<span class="s1"><sup>rd</sup></span> hour&quot; request that the job be given to a director who is also a livestock agent.&nbsp;</p> Residents sound off on I-75 pitch http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/residents-sound-i-75-pitch <p class="p1"> <b>By Andrew Caplan</b></p> <p class="p2"> You don&rsquo;t have to guess about Karen Esty&rsquo;s opinion on a potential long-term extension of the Suncoast Parkway.</p> <p class="p2"> She practically wore it on her sleeve.</p> <p class="p2"> Sporting a red &ldquo;No more highways&rdquo; sticker on her shirt, Esty was one of approximately 100 people who attended the I-75 Relief Task Force&rsquo;s open house at the College of Central Florida&rsquo;s Lecanto campus to give their input on the future state of the state&rsquo;s roads.</p> Deadline Friday for August election http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/deadline-friday-august-election <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/electionssignhc1511_x_300_c_y.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">This is the week for candidates to qualify for the Aug. 30 party primaries ballot and the way things look there will not be a Democratic ballot.&nbsp; That&#39;s because most of the candidates for county and state office are either Republicans, in nonpartisan races or have no party affiliation.&nbsp;</span></p> Ministerial Faith Alliance plans to buy old middle school property http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/ministerial-faith-alliance-plans-buy-old-middle-school-property <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0099fb_0.jpg" alt="Clay Coleman and Kori Lamb study a brochure that outlines future plans for the Williston Civic Center." title="Clay Coleman and Kori Lamb study a brochure that outlines future plans for the Williston Civic Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p>