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  • Santa Fe River could cause road closures

     Considering I-75 North? You may need to detour.

  • Levy claims lowest unemployment in area

    The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region remained unchanged in October at 4.2 percent, but was 1.8 percentage points lower than the region’s rate of 6.0 percent a year ago.

    According to today’s release of the pre- liminary jobs report by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the region’s labor force shrank over the month by 3,650 to 198,857, and was vir- tually unchanged compared to October 2016.

    A year ago, the size of the labor force was driven by greater numbers of unem-

  • Haven committed to service despite care center

    BY SEAN ARNOLD

    Staff writer

    Gayle Mattson wants Chiefland and the sur- rounding communities to know that Haven Hospice is here to serve them for the long run.

    That was the clear message the president of Haven Hospice delivered in her talk to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club Nov. 16, on the heels of the closure of the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center.

  • New RV park gets nod of approval

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    At its Nov. 7 meeting, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a recommendation from the Planning Commission to submit a petition to the state that would amend the County’s Comprehensive Plan in order to allow a proposed RV Park to open in Williston.

  • Register now for Christmas parade

    Less than two weeks remain for Williston businesses, churches and individuals to register to participate in the 2017 Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Williston Chamber of Commerce.

    The parade begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and the theme is "The Songs of Christmas."

    Participants are encouraged to choose a song, religious or secular, and plan the float or marching unit around that song.

    The Chamber will award prizes during Light Up Williston after the parade.

  • Economic development is up to you

    Though it's the city of Williston planning a five-year comprehensive plan that will include a segment on economic development, it's really everyone's responsibility to plot the course of Williston's business growth.

    That theme was introduced last Thursday when city leaders, business owners and the experts in economics from Tallahassee kicked off the city's planning strategy at Williston Municipal Airport.

  • Veterans honored in Williston

    Emotions were high and applause resounding Saturday as people lined Williston's streets to honor dozens of veterans in the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade.

    More than 40 units marched down Noble Avenue to the cheers of those gathered to salute and thank the men and women who put their lives on the line for our country.

    All branches of the military were recognized, and many veterans participated either on floats, trucks or walking the mile route.

  • Levy Cup Crush

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    As Justin Wentworth waited to hear whether or not his Williston football team would make the playoffs for the first time since 2009, the third-year coach wasn’t sure if his team’s schedule would work in his favor or be a detriment.

  • Williston may be home to new animal shelter

    The city of Williston inched closer to getting a new animal shelter Tuesday night when council members agreed to help fund plans for a facility near the municipal airport.

    Bob Levesque, president of the Levy Animal Friends, Inc. (LeAF), with about a dozen supporters from that agency and the Williston Animal Group (WAG) came to the city council meeting and outlined plans for a new shelter that would be located on seven acres near the current WAG site.

  • Veterans will be honored with Saturday parade

    Men and women from all walks of life representing every branch of military service will be the guests of honor Saturday, when the city of Williston hosts the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade.

    Step-off is at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. More than 35 units have pre-registered to participate in the parade down Noble Avenue including floats, motorcycles and horse and buggies.

    Following the parade, everyone is encouraged to come to the Heritage Park Pavilion where Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat's annual Veterans Day Program will take place.