Local News

  • Bronson principal leaves position to fill need for language specialist

    Valerie Boughanem is leaving her post as principal at Bronson High School to become the School Board of Levy County's District English as a Second Language Coordinator. The School Board approved the employee status change during its June 22 meeting. Boughanem is expected to start in her new position effective July 1. Boughanem has a diverse background in education. She has spent a total of 32 years working in education, 22 of which were in Levy County.

  • County backhoe stolen in daylight near Williston

    The Levy County Road Department is looking for information on the person or persons who took a county-owned 2000 Catepillar 416 backhoe that was parked in the 4600 block of Northeast 155th Street — County Road 111 — between 9 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, June 22. The backhoe was parked at the site at 4 p.m. Monday. When the crew came to work on Wednesday it was missing, Construction Superintendent Kellie Jerrells said.  Jerrells said a witness said the backhoe was there at 9.a.m but was gone at noon.

  • County to help Bronson in FEMA water fight

    The Town of Bronson gained an ally in its fight to keep two Depression-era public works drainage ditches off a proposed  FEMA hundred-year flood plain map, thus saving residents on the town's west side from having to buy flood insurance. Town Council member Berlon Weeks and Town Clerk Kelli Brettle outlined the town's plight at the Tuesday meeting of the Levy County Commission asking for help to clear and repair the ditches that carries stormwater runoff into Chunky Pond rather than leaving it standing to support mosquito colonies. FEMA wants to designate t

  • Chiefland Huddle House best, again

     The Chiefland Huddle House received the Best of the Best award for the second year in a row from its corporate headquarters this week for being the top restaurant in the South Region. The award is part of an incentive program designed to promote excellence in every area, such as service, quality, cleanliness, and overall customer experience. The regional award comes with a $5,000 check that will be shared among the employees. The national Huddle House winner will be announced July 19.

  • Chiefland City Briefs

    City needs new chlorine system City Manager Grady Hartzog told city commissioners at Monday night’s meeting the city will have to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade or replace the gas chlorination system, which treats city water. The system was recently evaluated by the state and needs to be brought into compliance, he said. The city can either upgrade the system, or get a new system which uses liquid. Hartzog recommended converting to the liquid system.

  • Workforce Connection recruiting oil spill workers in Levy

    Workforce Connection is partnering with a BP subcontractor to recruit 80 qualified community responders in Levy and Citrus counties to be trained by BP contractors as standby responders to help with beach clean-up efforts of the oil spill along the coast.

        This opportunity is for beach cleanup only and will not involve shoreline cleanup, wildlife rescue, volunteer positions and the vessels of opportunity program.  This is the first phase of preparedness and other contractor positions and workforce opportunities may be posted at a later date.

  • Teen driving classes making the streets safer in Levy County

    It's no secret that teenagers and driving can be a risky combination. According the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year olds. Levy County, with its open rural roads and highways, also has its share of teen fatalities from car accidents. This year alone, four Williston teenagers have been killed, three of whom died in Marion County. Most recently, 16-year-old Thoedore Radacky was killed June 15, after losing control of his car on State Road 121.

  • Pomeroy wins unopposed in city election

    It's getting close to election time in the City of Chiefland.  The commission seats in Groups 2 and 4 are up, however, Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who qualified last week, is unopposed and keeps his Group 2 seat. Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron is being challenged by Betty Walker, a former Chiefland city commissioner and mayor who served the city from 1997 to 2007, in the Group 4 race. Both candidates are longtime Chiefland residents.  Barron, a Republican, said she's served on the commission since 2004, serving as mayor for one year.

  • Familiar faces on ballot in Levy

    When voters in Levy County head to the polls most of the names they encounter will be familiar. And of course, there will be several offices they won’t see on the ballot because candidates did not draw any opposition by the time candidate qualifying closed at noon on Friday, June 18. They include the three seats on the Levy County School Board and three 8th Judicial Circuit judges. School Board Member Cameron Asbell of Archer, appointed one year ago by Gov.

  • Citizen and Pioneer staff win 8 awards in annual Florida Press Association contest

    Reporters and editors for the Chiefland Citizen and the Williston Pioneer walked away last week with eight writing awards from the Florida Press Association during its annual luncheon celebrating its Better Newspaper Contest. Citizen Editor Lou Elliott Jones took third place in Serious Column Writing for “Where do the Ten Commandments belong?”  In it, Jones asks the question, “When did it stop being the job of religions, churches and pastors to be the physical keepers and teachers of the Commandments and become government’s job to post and remin