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Today's News

  • Lock your car

    Levy County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating multiple reports of car burglaries and vehicle thefts that occurred Sunday in both the Williston Golf and Country Club area and in the town of Bronson. Investigators believe all of these crimes are related.

  • County proposes waste assessment fee

    By Lori Prevatt

    Special to the Pioneer

    At the County Commission meeting July 17, commissioners were tasked with setting preliminary assessment fees for EMT, fire and solid waste services.

    The latter generated much debate among commissioners and attendees, as the county weighed replacing dumping fees at the county landfill with an assessment fee of $116 for all households.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Signs will support local police force

    The Friends of the Williston Department will launch its new fundraiser this Friday, May 4 with "We Back The Blue" signs that are suitable for display in front of your home or business.

    The signs are $10 each and will be available at the Williston Chamber of Commerce, 607 SW 1st Ave., Williston Peanuts 1309 SW 7th St., Williston and Sharon Brannan CPA 161 N Main St., Williston.

  • 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.

  • Meet Williston's newest police officer

    Not only is Shadow Williston's newest police officer, at 1-year-old, he's also the youngest.

    The officer, born in Hungary, came to Williston via New Smyrna Beach and along with his partner, Officer Rich Peters, will soon begin training in narcotics detection, searches, tracking and criminal apprehension.

    Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson introduced the German Shepherd to the public and city council Tuesday night, adding that the canine officer comes to Williston at no cost to its citizens.

  • Williston Police improve communication with hearing impaired

    Williston Police Department will introduce a plan to improve communications with hearing impaired motorists.

    A “visor” card has been produced so motorists can use it to communicate with an officer if stopped.

    The card has images of traffic signs and routine traffic related questions. A sticker is also included with the international symbol for hearing impaired to be applied to the rear of the vehicle.