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  • AirSign is world's largest airship operator

    Unless you're one of those people who drive around town just to satisfy curiosity or to keep an eye on things, you may not even know of its existence.

    However, in recent weeks, Airsign, owned and operated by Patrick Walsh, inked deals that will once again put Williston on the map and lead to positive economic development for the area.

  • BMHS graduates encouraged to be brave in pursuits

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Bronson Middle High School graduation, held May 25 at the UF Curtis Phillips Center in Gainesville, was anchored by a couple of inspiring student speeches about perseverance and following big dreams.

  • Be prepared

    If you don't have your disaster preparedness kit together now – six weeks into hurricane season – then what are you waiting for?

    Every home should be ready when an emergency happens. Last week John MacDonald and David Peaton from the Levy County Department of Emergency Management explained to guests of the Williston Chamber of Commerce the role of their department and how both residents and business owners can prepare for whatever comes their way.

  • Dollar General robbed Saturday

    The Williston Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two men who allegedly robbed the Dollar General Store on Noble Avenue late Saturday night.

    Police Chief Dennis Strow said his officers responded to the report of an armed robbery shortly after it occurred at 10:31 p.m. July 14.

    The suspects had a handgun, Strow said and robbed the clerk of an undetermined amount of money before fleeing from the store and traveling east.

    Both suspects wore ski masks.

  • Sheriff’s budget requests come up short

    By Lori Prevatt

    Special to the Pioneer

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum addressed the Levy County Board of County Commissioners in a long discussion on July 2 in an attempt to secure additional funding for the fiscal year and left the meeting short of his goal.

    McCallum sought additional funds to pay for full-time security on campuses during school hours, meeting a new state law requirement that came in the wake of the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February.

  • School district maintains 'C' grade

    By Sean Arnold

    sean.arnold@chieflandcitizen.com

    For the third year in a row, the Levy County school district scored a C in the latest Florida Department of Education accountability report.

  • Pushing it back

    "This is a big deal for our community," Fire Chief Lamar Stegall told more than 35 people Friday who came to witness the "pushing in" of the new fire pumper.

    The 2018 Typhoon Pumper, built by E-One in Ocala, was put into service with a ceremonial dedication harkening back to days of old when pumpers were pulled by horses that couldn't back in and had to be pushed back into their holding spots.

  • County candidates set for August elections

    By Sean Arnold

    sean.arnold@chieflandcitizen.com

    A pair of Levy County Commission races and a School Board race highlight the county election season, which could be completely determined by the end of the primary on Aug. 30.

    The qualifying deadline for county-wide offices was June 22.

    The two County Commission seats both feature a pair of Republicans squaring off, so the races will be decided in the primary, which will be open to voters of all affiliations.

  • AARP, CEE to host forum July 28

    Wishing for an easy way to meet candidates for office and ask about issues that matter to you? If so, mark your calendar for the 2018 Candidates Forum. This free nonpartisan event will be Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williston Middle/High School cafetorium.

    Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and all voters are welcome to fill out question cards for county, state and federal candidates.

  • Special dinner guest

    By Sean Arnold

    sean.arnold@chieflandcitizen.com

    The highest-profile guest speaker in the history of the Levy County Republican Executive Committee’s annual Lincoln-Reagan Memorial Dinner guaranteed its largest ever turnout.

    Gov. Rick Scott joined Republican Party officials, supporters, office holders and candidates representing Levy County and the area June 23 at Bronson Middle High School as the headline speaker for the banquet.