http://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Incumbents defeated in GOP primary http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/incumbents-defeated-gop-primary <p> <strong>By Ashley Thornton<br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>and Lou Elliott Jones</strong></p> <p> If one thing is clear in the results of Tuesday&#39;s elections it&#39;s that Levy County is divided over the direction it wants to go.</p> <p> The results are unofficial but with all 13 precincts reporting, former County Commissioner Lilly Rooks defeated incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell by five votes in the District 4 race for the Republican nomination and Rock Meeks defeated incumbent Commissioner Chad Johnson by 39 votes to win the Republican nomination for District 2.</p> FHP needs your help in hit and run http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/fhp-needs-your-help-hit-and-run <p> The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal hit-and run-crash on County Road 337 and S.E. 40th Street in Levy County on Aug. 24 Information obtained during this investigation revealed the crash occurred on Aug. 23 at approximately 11 p.m.</p> <p> James T. Lowman, 69, of Morriston was walking near the center of the roadway as a vehicle was traveling southbound on County Road 337. The vehicle struck Lowman propelling him onto the east shoulder of the roadway where he died due to his injuries. The vehicle then left the scene.</p> Williston cracks down on drugs, noise http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/williston-cracks-down-drugs-noise <p> Don&#39;t think you&#39;re going to get stoned on &quot;Spice&quot; or &quot;bath salts&quot; and then play your stereo as loud as you want in Williston.</p> <p> If that&#39;s on your agenda, you may want to think again because Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow has two ordinances in the works aimed at you.</p> <p> At last week&#39;s city council meeting, members heard the first reading of an ordinance that strengthens the ban on the sale of synthetic substances&ndash;known by a variety of street names including Spice, K2, Black Mamba and Bombay Blue.</p> Bo Dallas dies at 107 http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/bo-dallas-dies-107 <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0521.jpg" alt="Bo Dallas in 2011 at the age of 105" title="Bo Dallas in 2011 at the age of 105" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> Bo Dallas never took credit for his long life.</p> <p> Three years ago he said without doubt all his blessings&ndash;including his 100-plus years on this earth&ndash; came from above.</p> <p> On Aug. 18, Dallas&ndash; born Theodore R.&ndash;died two weeks short of his 108th birthday.</p> <p> The oldest of four children born to Miller Dallas and Mable Banks, Dallas was born Sept. 2, 1906.</p> <p> Nicknamed Bo by his uncle after a boar hog, he migrated with his grandparents who reared him in the Romeo community.</p> More code violators found guilty http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/more-code-violators-found-guilty <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/house_1.jpg" alt="210 SE 5th Ave., Williston" title="210 SE 5th Ave., Williston" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px 'Adobe Caslon Pro'"> <br /> Four more Williston property owners were found to be non-compliant with the city&#39;s codes Monday night, and this could just be the tip of the iceberg.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px 'Adobe Caslon Pro'"> Monday night, the Board of Adjustment found all four cases presented guilty of violations and issued sentences.</p> Jerry Mills III wins State Star Discovery Award http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/jerry-mills-iii-wins-state-star-discovery-award <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/disc.1.jpg" alt="Jerry Mills III explains his calf operation to FFA judges." title="Jerry Mills III explains his calf operation to FFA judges." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px 'Adobe Caslon Pro'"> For the second consecutive year, a Williston Middle School FFA student has won the coveted State Star Discovery Award.</p> Airport Supervisor Joe Ball taxis into retirement http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/airport-supervisor-joe-ball-taxis-retirement <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0104.jpg" alt="Brooks Holloway, left, was Williston City Manager when Joe Ball, center,came on board 15 years ago as the airport director. Last week it was the current city manager Scott Lippmann, right, who bid Ball a fond farewell." title="Brooks Holloway, left, was Williston City Manager when Joe Ball, center,came on board 15 years ago as the airport director. Last week it was the current city manager Scott Lippmann, right, who bid Ball a fond farewell." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Arial"> <b><br /> </b></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px 'Adobe Caslon Pro'"> The party got a late start because the guest of honor was too busy working.</p> TRIM notices hit mail today http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/trim-notices-hit-mail-today <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px 'Adobe Caslon Pro'"> <br /> Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker informed the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that this year&#39;s Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices will be hitting the mail today (Thursday) and Friday.&nbsp;</p>