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  • Gov. Scott signs road bill

    Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that will name three different sections of Levy County roads for residents who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the state Department of Transportation will be cresting the signs to designate the roads and setting official dedication dates. 

    The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison), was unanimously approved  by the Florida Legislature during the session that ended on March 9.

    To be honored with road designations are:

  • Tri-County Pregnancy Center

    Hundreds of babies throughout the area are here today because of the tireless efforts of the staff and volunteers at Tri-County Pregnancy Center in Williston.

    Started in 1995 by Leah Winters, the Center has but one goal–to foster life.

    Debra Dewitt, in her fourth year as the Center’s director, explains that the organization, located on Noble Avenue, is an outreach ministry of Jesus.

    “We are life affirming,” she said, “and we are supported by churches, private donors and fund-raisers.”

  • John Meeks seeks county commission seat, District One

    John Meeks announced his candidacy for Levy County Commissoner, District One.

    In a statement, Meeks wrote, “Citizens and friends of Levy County, my name is John Meeks and I wish to represent you as your next District One County Commissioner.  After a lot of prayer and discussion with my immediate family I decided to pursue my lifelong goal to represent the people of Levy County.  

  • Morriston firefighter charged with arson

    Just as the state was getting ready to kick off Wildfire Awareness Week a Levy County volunteer firefighter was arrested on arson charges.

    Michael Joseph Chenier, 24, of Morriston, and a member of the Morriston-Montbrook Volunteer Fire Department was arrested at about 1 a.m. Saturday, April 7,  and charged with arson in attempting to start multiple fires in the area of State Road 121 and County Road 337. His bond is $20,000.

  • Council members sworn in; new city clerk hired

    Following the city charter–and longstanding tradition–Williston welcomed three new councilmen Tuesday night.

    Jason Cason and Charles Goodman, both first-time councilors were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Tim Browning, along with Elihu Ross who has served since December and Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, who ran unopposed in March.

    Jerry Robinson was re-elected as council president and Norm Fugate was elected as vice president–both by unanimous votes.

  • Holy Week, Easter services set

    Williston First Baptist
    Williston First Baptist Church will present “The Thorn” a multi-media presentation Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
    Visit www.willistonfbc.net for more information.

    Cornerstone Easter
    Cornerstone Assemby of God will hold Easter sunrise services at 6:45 a.m. April 8 in the church parking lot.

    Bronson UMC Easter

  • BOCC looks at big Medicaid bill

    Levy County could be on the hook for up to $900,000 in Medicaid bills due to the state under a new law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.
    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown told the Board of County Commissioners in Tuesday's meeting that they could owe the state for 10 years of Medicaid patient bills and the state plans to take the money out of revenue sharing money before it is sent to the county.
    “Chances are Levy County owes something,” she told the commissioners.

  • City Council honors April Students of the Month

    At it’s regular meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Gerald Hethcoat and the Williston City Council honored April Students of the Month.
    Selected from Joyce Bullock Elementary School was Olivia Davis, daughter of Dennis and Tammy Davis.
    A first grader, she was nominated by her teacher Monica Cooper, who wrote, “This student is an excellent role model for the class. She is always on task and is very helpful. She is so motivated to learn and is excelling in all areas of study. She is an excellent reader and always displays such a positive attitude.”

  • Drought impacts another Levy County Spring

    Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.
    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it a muddy brown.

  • Drought impacts another Levy County Spring

    Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.
    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it a muddy brown.