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Today's News

  • Telltale dashboard light

    Modern technology is wonderful, except when it scares the heck out of you.

    This week I was filling in at our Williston newspaper, my former home paper, in between getting the South Marion Citizen material put together.

    That meant extra traveling. My car is only nine months old, so I wasn’t worried about driving between the two offices, providing I could avoid the West Port High and Williston Elementary school zones.

  • Memorial honors slain state trooper

    BY Amanda Mims

    Citrus County Chronicle

    For 37 years, the place where Trooper Ronald Gordon Smith took his last breath remained an almost anonymous piece of earth, its significance lost among the pine needles, palmettos and oak trees.

    Now, there’s no mistaking that something tragic happened in that place next to U.S. 19 in Red Level, where Smith, a Florida Highway Patrolman of eight months, was gunned down at the age of 28.

  • WES taps first group for ‘Student of the Month’

    Kudos to our first group of students who earned the title, “Student of the Month,” here at Williston Elementary School! “This year we’re recognizing one student per month in each homeroom teacher’s class,” said Marla Hiers, principal. “The teacher can choose which category: citizenship, academics or most improved. We’ve planned to hold this award ceremony the first Friday morning of each month.”

  • Bronson makes new run at flood plan

    The Town of Bronson is taking a new tack in its fight to keep residents from having to buy flood insurance and the Levy County Board of Commissioners is joining the fight.

    FEMA is taking public comment on its proposed maps that put a section of Bronson in a flood plain due to two drainage ditches constructed during the Depression to divert standing waters into Chunky Pond to deter mosquito breeding. As a result, FEMA has determined there is a risk of flooding and homeowners need to purchase flood insurance.

  • ‘PAWS-itively’ powerful

    “Don’t do this!” and “Don’t do that!” all the whole day long. Maybe this was the approach with which many of us were most familiar growing up, but what if someone noticed when we made a good choice, did the right thing? Williston Elementary School’s assistant principal, Angel Thomas, has brought an additional piece to the discipline puzzle we call the Positive Behavior System (PBS).

  • Gainesville ‘Free Friday’ concert
  • Being restless in a strange pew

    The Rev. James L. Snyder  

    Everybody has places where they are the most comfortable. When a person (Yours Truly) is out of their comfortable place there is a certain, what should I say, discomfort. There are two places where I am the most comfortable.

    The first place is behind my computer writing. The second place is behind my pulpit preaching.

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By WINNELLE HORNE

    Special to the Pioneer

     The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Levy County Quilt Museum. We have had a busy week. We ended up taking the clothes to Cross City. There is a place there, next door to the Dixie County Advocate, that takes everything.

     We’re about to get everything put back where it belongs. We still have a small leak in the roof but when that is taken care of, we will finish up.

  • County budget approved

    The Levy County Commission has a workable budget on the table, but they are not yet finished with it and the margin for error – handling emergencies — is only $500,000. 

    Deputy Clerk Sheila Rees, who handles county finances, said the budget document drawn up by her, County Coordinator Freddie Moody and Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp uses $4.5 million in reserves to balance the county’s accounts and has only $500,000 to cover emergency expenditures in the $53 million budget.

  • Co-op meet has democratic, game show flavor

    When Central Florida Electric Cooperative holds its annual meeting, it’s nothing like the stuffy affairs held by some corporations, or even the ones that feature a proxy fight.

    The members who own the co-op greet each other as if they are at a family reunion. 

    Whole families come, even bringing babies that are just weeks old. 

    It’s a democratic affair as customers question the management then stick around for a raffle that features cash prizes, gift cards and merchandise.