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Today's News

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • July 2, Earnest Gerome Brown, 63, Williston, contempt of court. Bond $40,000.

    • July 4, Christian Miles Cannon, 30, Newberry, three out-of-county warrants. ROR.

    • July 3, Vajiha Farooq, 31, Bronson, two counts cruelty toward a child w/o great bodily harm. Bond $50,000.

    • July 5, Kelly Letrisha Geer, 40, Bronson, aggravated assault. Bond $5,000.

  • 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.

  • We are the same

    I've been gone longer than I lived there but there's no doubt my roots are tied deeply to the mountains of Appalachia and the people who live there.

    This past weekend, I made a 12 1/2 hour trek back as those vibrant verdant hills beckoned me once more.

    They are not the mountains of my childhood where narrow two-lane roads were crammed with heavy trucks carrying even heavier loads of coal.

    Once impressive homes are now in a state of disrepair and kudzu blankets abandoned properties.

  • I believe in what I do

    I was out doing errands Thursday when I got a text from friend and former co-worker, Lou Jones.

    "Shooting at Annapolis paper," it read. "Several shot."

    My heart dropped.

    Once I returned to the office and was able to check into what was going on, I was numb.

    I've been in this business a long time – and I've known journalists who were targeted for their reporting: Tires slashed; a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window of a newspaper office; telephone curses and in-your-face screaming.

  • 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.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • June 20, Donyahl Michelle Adams, 42, Trenton, possession of drugs w/o a prescription, possession and/or use of drug equipment, VOP. Bond $31,000.

    • June 22, Mark Stuart Allen, 26, Trenton, fleeing/eluding LEO, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. Bond $5,500.

    • June 23, James Blair Bailey Jr., 37, Inglis, two counts FTA. Bond $3,000.

    • June 18, Dakota Perry Ballard, 20, Archer, out of county warrant.

  • Happenings

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    Candidate Forum

    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. 

  • 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.