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  • Will code violators see tougher penalties?

    A request to the Williston City Council to make its ordinance for non-compliant property owners a bit more punitive has resulted in a total re-write of the law.

    Bruce Schupp, the newly appointed member to the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), took matters into his own hands and wrote Chapter 48 of the code to make it pack a punch for those who fail to follow the law.

  • Levy cleans up after TS Colin

     

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    Tropical Storm Colin washed ashore on Monday and for residents and officials it looked more like a hurricane exercise than a storm that could do real damage. 

  • Williston Rotary debuts The Rack

      The Rotary Club of Williston debuted its newest service project – The RACK – Rotarians Actively Caring for Kids.

  • County keeps assessments same

    A strange thing happened at a Levy County Commission meeting on emergency medical, fire, solid waste and road assessments: commissioners reported they did not receive one call protesting the assessment. The commission office reported they did not get any calls. 

    And the lone county resident attending the second and final hearing on the assessments, which keeps them at the same level for the fifth year in a row, did not protest them. 

  • Williston residents concerned about privacy invasion

    They were passionate and through their passion, they were vocal.

    Monday night about 50 Williston property owners attended a meeting of the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) to hear about the new rewrite of the city ordinance that governs property maintenance and establishes penalties for non-compliance.

    BACE Chairwoman Sharon Brannan told the residents the rewrite's intent is to clean up the city and establish minimum standards.

  • Constitution Week begins Saturday

     For 60 years Americans have formally recognized Constitution Week during the week of Sept. 17-23 due to the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower Aug. 2, 1956, the public law celebrates the law of the land, adopted in September 1787 and ratified in June 1788.

  • Business Alliance forms to help stir and support Levy's economy

     More than 20 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Nature Coast Business Alliance last week, hosted by David Pieklik of the Nature Coast Business Development Council of Levy County.

    The Alliance is designed to network to enhance the economic development of Levy County, in addition to assisting and maintaining the businesses that are already in place.

  • CRA muddles through bids

    After a long session of confusion over bids for the panels that will hang on the pavilion in Williston’s Heritage Park, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) made a decision to go with the low bidder if that bidder met specifications established by the committee.

    And that seemed to be where the confusion came from – the committee had not previously set specs for the bids.

  • Monday meeting may be most important one in Williston

    Property owners in the city of Williston should plan to attend next Monday’s meeting of the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE).

    The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the council room at city hall and will deal specifically with the rewrite of Chapter 48 of the city’s Code of Ordinances.

    The rewrite, primarily drafted by BACE member Bruce Schupp, has been reviewed by committee members and legal counsel, Fred Koberlein, over the last several months.

  • Williston Middle High dedicated Aug. 27

    By Sean Arnold

    The construction of Williston Middle High School got off to an inauspicious start, which included an early switch in building contractors and the discovery of an unexpected grave site upon the clearing of the property.