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  • Council president calls for civility

    A decision by Williston Council President Marc Nussel to move the city council’s meeting in a more polite, civil manner was temporarily aborted Tuesday night as tempers once again flared and the interim city manager and finance director stormed out of the meeting.

     Marisela Barcenas, appointed last week to step in for exiting manager Marcus Collins as interim city manager, picked up her belongings and left the meeting, telling the packed chambers because of the behavior the people exhibit, she did not want to be from Williston.

  • Tempers flare at council meeting

    The Williston City Council gave in to former City Manager Marcus Collins’ demand that he be allowed to collect more than $27,000 in severance pay without signing away his right to sue the city.

    The decision — 3-1 with Councilor Norm Fugate abstaining and Jerry Robinson voting no — came in a special meeting Friday morning at city hall that was marked by hostility and loud outbursts between council members and the public, and council members and interim City Manager Marisela Barcenas.

  • Williston council strikes deal with former manager

    The Williston City Council gave in to former City Manager Marcus Collins’ demand that he be allowed to collect more than $27,000 in severance pay without signing away his right to sue the city.

    The decision — 3-1 with Councilor Norm Fugate abstaining — came in a special meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at City Hall that was marked by bitter outbursts between council members and the public, and council members and interim City Manager Marisela Barcenas.

  • Council opts to sever Collins with $27K+

    Williston City Council took more than 90 minutes Tuesday discussing how much, if any, severance pay was due to the former city manager.
    The end result–more than $27,000-but it was a difficult journey getting to the figure.
    Marcus Collins, city manager since January 2009 resigned March 23 and at last week’s meeting council voted to give him a severance package, that included vacation and sick time.

  • BOCC passes on buying old school property

    The Levy County Commission has decided that the search for new courthouse space will not include the old Bronson High School property at its back door.
    It’s a blow to Clerk of Court Danny Shipp’s plan to purchase and renovate the property. He told the commissioners on Tuesday that members of the county’s courthouse space committee met with representatives of the School Board to negotiate for the purchase of the 20 acres and the buildings — the old school which houses Hilltop School, the gymnasium and portable buildings.

  • LARC funding cut by Gov. Scott

    Thelma McCain knows how important it is to feel needed, to have a purpose, something to do. Her developmentally disabled son, Harold, 48, has been finding things to do through the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens for 26 years.
    McCain, a Cedar Key resident who volunteers at LARC, said, “At the end of the day, they see something they have accomplished.
    “These people don’t have anywhere else to go. When they are at LARC, they get to do things. They need a life, other than just sitting, watching TV or something.”

  • County commission brainstorms

    Levy County is moving into the 21st Century, while returning to its old ways.
    During the formal meeting last week and free-wheeling workshop later, led by Commissioners Ryan Bell of Chiefland (R-District 2) and Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3), the commission discussed:

  • Mother outraged that son spanked at school

    It’s not that she doesn’t believe in spanking–because she has spanked her three children in the past, but Williston’s Tenika Jones opposes corporal punishment in schools.
    That opposition is stronger now that her  5-year-old son Jeff (not his real name) was the recipient of a paddling Feb. 1 that, according to her, led to an asthma attack.
    Jones said when she went to meet the school bus that February afternoon, Jeff was crying when he came off the bus.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    A year of bake sales, yard sales and specialty dinners will come to a close Saturday as fundraisers for the Relay for Life gather at the Williston High School football field to celebrate their hard work.
    Relay, the chief money raiser for the American Cancer Society, also celebrates its 10th year in Williston.
    Cancer survivors will be the guests of honor when the event kicks off at noon and closes early Sunday morning.

  • Three charged with stripping irrigation pipes

    Edward Fenton, James Blundy and Travis Egyed are charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property after spending the wee hours Friday morning stripping wire from an irrigation system on a Williston farm, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.