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  • Some compromise on assessment

    Property owners will be billed higher assessments for fire and emergency medical services in their 2012 tax bills.
    On Tuesday evening, before a full room the Levy County Commission approved a $90 residential assessment for fire services by a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston (R-District 1) dissenting and $119 residential assessment for EMS by a unanimous vote.
    The fire assessment was a compromise by the commission after eight people spoke against the proposed hike from $40 to $100 in the fire fee. The EMS fee will rise from $76.

  • Bronson allows gambling for charity

    Despite an ordinance and opposition from town officials in the past, Bronson could be seeing a gambling establishment within town limits.
    Council members voted 3-2 in favor of allowing area resident Bill Brown, who runs a food pantry known as the Children’s Table, to start hosting Bingo games at the establishment in order to help cover the costs associated with providing food to the community.

  • Mark Johnson skyrockets to fame

    Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson, also a musician, is the third annual recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
    He will receive the award during a performance with Martin on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Sept. 24.  Along with the award — a sculpture by artist Eric Fischi, Johnson receives a $50,000 check from the Steve Martin Foundation.
    The Letterman show airs locally on MyGTN, Channel 4, at 11:30 p.m.

  • Cindy Roach runs for School Superintendent post

    Our children are our future, and they deserve an education that will best prepare them to make an honest living and to fulfill their dreams.
    Our children deserve knowledgeable and inspired teachers in the classroom. Our children, teachers, staff, administrators, and our communities deserve a knowledgeable leader who has a vision for the future of education in Levy County.

  • Al Macri seeks BOCC District 3 seat

    Al Macri (D-Morriston) will vie against Mike Joyner (R-Morriston) for the County Commission District 3 seat Nov. 6.
    In a candidacy announcement, Macri wrote:
    “Hello, my name is Al Macri and I am asking for your vote and support as I am running for Levy County Commissioner District 3, which is being vacated by Marsha Drew.
    “I am 57 years old and came to Levy County from Palm Beach County in 1981. I live in Morriston with my wife, Etter Brooks Macri, who was born in Montbrook.

  • County approves tentative millage at 8.5759

    The Levy County Commission approved a tentative budget of $62,352,856 and a property tax millage of 8.5759 by a 4-1 vote on Sept. 6 with Chair Danny Stevens of Williston (D-District 5) dissenting.

  • Council sets millage at 5.9025

    It was with minimal fanfare Tuesday night that the Williston City Council tentatively approved the 2013 millage rate at 5.9025 mills and a balanced budget of $14,756,282.
    The first of two hearings were held and with only a couple exceptions no questions were asked and no one objected.
    Dr. Oel Wingo, interim city manager, said she and staff had worked to make this year’s budget more transparent and more accurate by allocating revenues where the actual work was being done.
    “It’s a wonderful budget,” Debra Jones told the council.

  • Honoring patriots on Patriot Day

    It’s been almost three years since Rick Fabiani first told the Williston Rotary Club about a dream to build a Fisher House in Gainesville.
    Tuesday, he returned to the club and said that dream will become reality when a groundbreaking ceremony is held Sept. 25.
    A Fisher House, paid for by private funds but located on Veterans Administration property, provides free accommodations,  giving veterans and their families a home away from home during treatment or rehab.

  • Bronson teen cleared in battery cas

    State prosecutors say they will not pursue charges against an 18-year-old Bronson man arrested in June for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon who said he was defending his home.

    “Nobody’s been charged in the case,” said chief investigator and spokesperson for the state attorney’s office of the 8th judicial circuit court Spencer Mann.

  • No trick

    If a stay of execution isn’t soon delivered, a longtime Williston tradition will die.

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the the Trail of Treats, has elected not to oversee the event this year, citing ever growing safety concerns.

    What began more than a dozen years ago as a way of promoting both downtown merchants and a safe place for trick or treating, has now mushroomed to more than 3,000 participants–most from outside the city.