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  • 24th Annual Peanut Festival is Oct. 6

    It’s time to celebrate the harvest, as thousands of people flock to Williston’s Heritage Park Oct. 6  for the 24th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival, sponsored by the Williston Chamber of Commerce. 

     The festival, which annually draws more than 9,000 people from as far south as Key West to Georgia and Alabama,  is a family-oriented event.

  • Millage stands at 5.9025

    It’s official. 

    Williston City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce the general fund by some 12 percent and set the 2012 millage rate at 5.9025 mills.

    President Jason Cason informed those in attendance that the fund reduction was made possible, in part, by the eliminations of the employee bonus allocation and the ellimination of seven employees.

    But, Cason stressed,  those were actually seven unfilled positions and no layoffs were needed.

  • County property tax set at 8.01 mills

    The Levy County Commission — absent one member due to sickness — unanimously approved a property tax of 8.01 mills on Monday evening and a budget of $61,235,783 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
    The final millage is the result of a compromise by the commission which voted last week to raise property assessments for fire and emergency medical services to $90 and $119, respectively, to cover the cost of operations and to end using property taxes to cover those operations.
    The 8.01 mills is expected to bring in $12,947,479 for the general fund next year.

  • Cal Byrd is new councilor

    When qualifying for the city council seat left vacant by Jerry Robinson’s July resignation ended Friday,  only one person had thrown his hat into the ring.
    Cal Byrd, longtime Williston resident, qualified for the post without opposition.
    Because no one else expressed interest in the post, next week’s special election was cancelled.
    Byrd will be sworn in at the Sept. 25 meeting, which is also the last budget and millage hearing for the city before councilors adopt rates for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

  • Dennis Strow is POY nominee

    In the eighth month of a yearlong quest to find Williston’s Pioneer of the Year, Dennis Strow has been selected as the September  nominee.
    In the nomination letter, Strow was cited for being a pathfinder, an initiator and a trailblazer.
    In his job as the chief of police in Williston, Strow was lauded for implementing cost-saving ideas, keeping the community safe and being an integral part of the community.
    The selection process continues through December and a winner will be selected in January.

  • Williston will host Veterans Day parade

    The city of Williston will host the 2012 Veterans Day Parade and ceremony Monday, Nov. 12.
    The parade will kick off around 11 a.m. and wind its way down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.
    All veterans and their families will be treated with free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.

  • Jamie Griffin seeks BOCC District 1 seat

    Longtime Levy County businessman Jamie Griffin has announced plans to run for the District 1 Levy County Commission seat.
    Griffin, 51, who was born and raised in Bronson, has invested heavily in Levy County because he believes in the county and respects its people, its traditions, its God-centered way of life and its economy that is rooted in agriculture, timber production and aquaculture.

  • Qualifying ends

    Qualifying for the empty seat on Williston City Council ended today at noon with only Cal Byrd qualifying for the position.

    Because Byrd is the lone qualifier, there will NOT be a city election and Byrd will be sworn into office Tuesday, Sept. 25 during the regular council meeting.

    Byrd fills the seat left vacant by Jerry Robinson's resignation in July.

  • Red Devils take on Newberry at home Friday
  • 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.