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  • County votes against rebidding project

    Never let it be said that Levy County won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

    D.A.B. Constructors Inc., owner Bill Bachschmidt, asked to change the way his company would repave and widen County Road 40 in a way that would take care of a problem with cracks in the road, would cost $6,000 less than his low bid of $1,232,222.22 and would mean the county would get surplus material valued at $175,000.

  • Non-compliant property owners fined

    Finding that conditions were unsafe, and a serious threat to public health, the Williston Board of Adjustment and Code Enforcement (BOA), fined two property owners heavily and recommended that city administration bring the property into compliance with the owner assessed the cost of the work.

    Property owned by Toby and Lisa Donnel at 412 SE Dr., Williston was found to be in non-compliance in July, and as of Oct. 20, the couple had not responded to the city.

  • Non-compliant property owners fined

    Finding that conditions were unsafe, and a serious threat to public health, the Williston Board of Adjustment and Code Enforcement (BOA), fined two property owners heavily and recommended that city administration bring the property into compliance with the owner assessed the cost of the work.

    Property owned by Toby and Lisa Donnel at 412 SE Dr., Williston was found to be in non-compliance in July, and as of Oct. 20, the couple had not responded to the city.

  • Residence for sex offenders, predators causing concern

    A home east of Williston that houses sex offenders and sex predators is causing concern in the community and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum asked the Levy County Commission to consider legal actions that can be taken to limit such residences. 

    The single-family home at 21161 NE 35TH ST, which is not a group home, had seven sex offenders and three sexual predators registered at the address on Monday, McCallum said. “These numbers continue to rise.” It is outside the city limits of Williston.

  • Multi-month work on sinking fire/police department begins

    Right now, things are a little topsy-turvy at the building that houses the Williston Fire Rescue and Police Departments, but in a couple months, everything should be back on the straight and narrow–literally.

    Ram Jack, a company specializing in foundation repair, was hired by the city's insurer to secure the building's base after it was learned earlier this year that it is built over a sinkhole.

    Doors that are locked but still open, cracked ceilings, and awnings that are askew were the first signs something was off kilter.

  • A Land Remembered returns

    For anyone living in Florida, “A Land Remembered,” by Patrick Smith is a must read. The struggles and triumphs of three generations of the MacIvey clan who settle in North Central Florida on the eve of the Civil War will make you laugh and cry.

    The story traces the struggles and triumphs of Tobias and Emma as they eke out a hardscrabble existence back in a time and place long gone.

    Although Patrick Smith, the father, died Jan. 26, you will have an opportunity to get to know the author through his son, Patrick Smith Jr.

  • It's Seafood Festival time in Cedar Key

    Hungry for seafood? Arts and crafts? Live music on the Gulf?

    Cedar Key is the place to be this weekend, Oct. 18-19.

    The 45th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival offers all that and more. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club and the Cedar Key Lioness, the festival offers fine food, entertainment, shopping and family fun. The event is supported by sponsorship from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture’s Fresh From Florida Seafood promotion program.

  • Homecoming Royalty
  • County budget has vet, pay raises

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user.

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.

  • County budget has vet, pay raises

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user.

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.