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Business

  • Levy labor force grows, so does employment

    The number of people in Levy County’s labor force grew in September by 23 to 16,431 from 16,408 in August. 

    But at the same time, 70 of those people people found jobs lowering the county’s jobless rate to 13.3 percent from 13.6 in August.

  • Debbie Murphy joins Pioneer

    Debbie Murphy has joined the Williston Pioneer Sun-News as its advertising representative serving Williston, Morriston Gainesville and part of Marion County.

    Murphy is no stranger to the area–in 2008 she worked at the Chiefland Citizen and most recently has worked at our sister papers in Ocala.

  • Ribbon cutting

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at That & That Home Furnishings, 10 S.W. 7th St., Williston. The family owned and operated store features new and used quality furniture, antiques, collectibles, appliances and more. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at 528-0320.  

  • Zoning changed for firm

    The owners of Hoseline Inc., one of three companies that manufactures air conditioning and heating units for emergency vehicles and handcart units used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, won final approval for a change to the county’s land use plan and a zoning change for a facility in Williston.

    The family-owned company requested a change in the Levy County Future Land Use Plan for 10.58 acres on County Road 316 and U.S. Highway 27 from urban low density residential use to commercial use.

  • 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.

  • Levy County Library System joins cooperative with Putnam and Alachua

    The Levy County Public Library System (LCPLS) is pleased to announce the formation of a library cooperative among Putnam County, Levy County and the Alachua Public Library District. The new cooperative is named the PAL Public Library Cooperative.

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 7 approved the Interlocal agreement establishing the PAL Cooperative, which also has been approved by Putnam County and the Alachua Public Library District.

  • NRC hears public comment on proposed plant

    By Chris Van Ormer

    Citrus County Chronicle

    The environmental impact of the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County could hit Robert Smith hardest. Once it is built, Smith will live 6,800 feet behind the buildings that will house two nuclear reactors.

  • Pure Water Wilderness hosts tourism summit to promote area

    Levy County was well represented at the 5th Annual Pure Water Wilderness Tourism Summit held Sept. 14 in Pine Grove Baptist Church.
    Chambers of Commerce from Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Fanning Springs and Williston involved with the Tri-County Chamber Coalition, which worked with Pure Water Wilderness to help approximately 100 people to hear methods to rev the economic engine of tourism here.

  • Tourism has good year

       When the Deepwater Horizon started spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico you could almost feel the fear among folks in Cedar Key whose livings depend on tourism and seafood.
       While no oil has reached Levy County and seafood purveyors are battling to win back public confidence in the area’s pristine products– most of which are shipped out of the area– tourism that is measured by heads in beds is doing fine.

  • PE waits on combined operating license

    It will be in the first quarter of 2010 before Progress Energy can assess the full scope of where it stands on two proposed nuclear power plants in Levy County

    Carla Groleau, community relations manager for the utility, told Williston Rotarians Tuesday that there has been a shift in scheduling but the company is hoping for a realignment early in the new year.

    The combined operating license, issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is next on Progress Energy’s scheduled timeline, she said.