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  • Residents don’t want zoning change

    Residents opposed to a zoning change spoke out Tuesday when the Williston City Council met.

    The CRA has been working for months on the areas immediately around the center of town to determine whether changes in zoning from Residential to Residential Business would serve to encourage improving the appearance of the neighborhood and make logical use of the properties which lie so close to the commercial centers of town.

  • Chris Young headlines Bark-N-Purr

    The Humane Society of Levy County invites all chili cooks to participate at the 3rd Annual Bark-N-Purr Charity Concert sponsored by Bubba Que’s & Hungry Howie’s on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Bronson Youth League Park, 220 Picnic St, Bronson.

  • Plane crashes near Williston

    A 1974 experimental plane, piloted by Phillip Seay Sr. 65, crashed Sunday as it returned to the Williston Airport.

    Seay and his son Phillip Seay Jr. ,40, were taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville where they were listed in stable condition.

  • Bronson delves into issues relevant to its residents

    The town of Bronson held its first community forum regarding the Comprehensive Plan last week to discuss and make preparations to update the plan.

    “The Department of Community Affairs mandates that the comp plan must be reviewed every seven years,” said Bruce Day with the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council, hired by the town to update the plan.

  • Breaking News

    "We simply played to our potential, and pressured the basketball through out the game," said a jubilant Williston Head Coach Steve Faulkner Tuesday’s game that saw his Red Devils crushing Trinity Catholic’s Celtics 68-34.

    The Red Devils faced the Celtics down and ran out to a 25-6 first quarter lead with their speed, pressure defense and athleticism.

  • School District banking on “Race to the Top’

    Finding revenue to keep the school district growing and improving is still first and foremost on Superintendent Bob Hastings’ mind.

    Wednesday, the superintendent addressed about 20 people at the first Superintendent’s Breakfast, sponsored by the Levy School Foundation.

    Hastings is optimistic that the School District, like the nation, will rebound from the recent sour economic downturn, but he doesn’t think it will be this year, or even next.

  • SRLC gets to Round 2 of grant process

    It’s good news for the Suwannee River League of Cities.

    Out of 2,200 applications for federal dollars to fund broadband expansion, the League’s submission was one of 52 to make it to the next tier.

    League members learned last week that their application entered Phase II of the process, making it only one of two in Florida to make the cut.

    Should the League make the next cut, the possibility of money coming to Cedar Key to enhance its communication system is one step closer, said Jeff Hendry, executive director.

  • Skateboarding banned in city parking lots

    Skateboarding will be banned in municipal parking lots, starting immediately. The city council, after much discussion over the last few months, has made that decision, though the details have yet to be worked out.

    The subject was brought to the fore at the last meeting by councilman Steve Holcomb (who was absent from Tuesday evening’s meeting due to illness). He noted then that a skateboarder in the lot in front of city hall had hit a parked car.

  • Chiefland woman hits it big

    Carolyn DeVore said she was just returning home from church when she received a call that would forever change her life.

    When she answered her phone,  the voice on the other end said, “ We hit it big.”

    “We hit what?” she asked the caller.

    “We hit the Lottery.” The voice told her.

    “And it was a whirlwind after that,” DeVore said in an interview last week.

    DeVore, of Chiefland, was one of 12 people to recently win $9 million off a Florida Lottery ticket bought at a Chiefland Winn-Dixie.

  • Sheriff's right-hand man calls it quits

    On July 17, 2009, Melissa Owens called the Levy County Sheriff’s Office to report that her son-in-law, Walt Stephens, a man with a temper, who also owns guns, was headed to Deputy Charles “Chuck” Johnson Jr.’s home to confront his wife and the deputy.

    Stephens was also on the phone to dispatch saying he wanted to file a complaint about the affair and he was going to confront the two.

    A probe into the incident has raised questions about the Sheriff’s Office operations in a situation that potentially could have turned violent and deadly.