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  • Bar closing time gets review

     

    The Levy County Commission has agreed to take a look at possibly revising the ordinance that dictates the hours for alcoholic beverage sales–currently between 7 a.m. and midnight – at the request of a restaurant and bar owner who says the midnight closing is costing him business.

  • Lippmann hired; Wingo will stay on

     

    With minimal negotiations and a few concessions on both sides, the Williston City Council and its candidate for city manager came to terms last week.

    Tuesday night, the final details were hammered out and Scott Lippmann became the city’s third city manager in three years.

    Council voted to make Lippmann’s official start date Dec. 13 since he has been at city hall working closely with Dr. Oel Wingo, interim city manager, to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Fight to the finish

    It could have been a blood bath, the crowd knew, watching Chiefland’s P.J. Thomas and Old Town’s Teddy Skaggs glare at each other from across the eight-sided ring. 

    The five bouts before, full of head and gut-splitting elbows, hooks, uppercuts, wild haymakers, knee strikes, slams and chokeholds, made that abundantly clear.

  • Commissioner says he was attacked

     

    Levy County Commissioner Ryan Bell wasn't on the roster for Saturday's mixed martial arts bouts at Chiefland Billiards and Bar, but that didn't keep him from taking a slam to the back of the head, according to a statement he gave Chiefland Police later that evening.

  • Middle school receives NFL grant

    Special to the Pioneer

    When Coach Trent Viau received an e-mail from a colleague advising him about a grant opportunity from the NFL worth $10,000, he considered deleting the e-mail, thinking there was little chance that a small rural middle school in Levy County could ever be fortunate enough to win such a large amount of money. 

    But the more he read about the grant, the more convinced he became that Williston Middle School would be a perfect pick for such a grant. 

  • Bronson man victim of homicide

    Staff Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after George Hamilton Pierce, 51, was found dead inside the residence at 10151 N.E. 48th Lane, according to a press release.

    Deputies were alerted to the death on Friday, Dec. 8, by an unidentified family member. No cause of death is being given by the Sheriff’s Office. This would be the county’s second homicide for 2012. 

  • Changes coming to Heritage Park

    Their work is often unheralded, but the truth is, each month five regular citizens meet to discuss the future of Williston’s redevelopment.

    Led by Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of Nick Williams, Betty Fender, Jonathan Lewis and Jim Smith has a vision for the city and works tirelessly to bring dreams to reality.

    At the forefront of this vision is a huge revitalization of Heritage Park, located off Main Street and in front of city hall.

  • Freedomfest sponsors Christmas gift giveway

    Beginning Sunday night hundreds of people are expected at the corner of E. Noble Avenue and N.E. 7th Street to participate in FreedomFest, a Christmas Celebration.
    Last week organizers appeared before the Williston City Council to bring council members up to date on the week-long event and ask for a police presence.
    “I can’t explain to tell you how big this will be,” said Daniel McGee, minister of evangelism for the River Church in Tampa, told the council.

  • Bronson picks parks and rec leader

    Bronson officials have chosen one of its own to serve as the leader of the town’s new parks and recreation department.
    Curtis Stacey, a Bronson High School graduate who studied health and human performance at the University of Florida for several years, was chosen Monday night out of four candidates for the position.

  • Sheriff will retire Dec. 31; McCallum will take office early

     Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has asked that he be allowed to retire early on Dec. 31 and, in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, asked that his successor, Sheriff-elect Bobby McCallum to permitted take office a week early.
    Smith said on Nov. 28 that he has filed the paperwork asking to retire at the end of the year.
    The two men, once bitter rivals for the office, have been meeting this week to ensure a smooth transition. "A lot has changed in the last few years," Smith said.