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  • 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.

  • 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.