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  • Bronson mayor ponders defamation suit

    Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler said he will be filing a defamation lawsuit against the parties to a complaint about his behavior at a concert that resulted in his being reprimanded for a violation of professional standards in his job as a Levy County sheriff’s corrections officer.

  • FOL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free concert

     On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Williston Public Library will celebrate “Hispanic Heritage Month.”

    The Latin Band “Troprix” will perform, featuring band leader Gilberto DePaz.

    Originally from Puerto Rico, DePaz has resided in Gainesville for over 30 years. He has been in the music profession for 45 years. He is an accomplished performer and is locally, nationally and internationally popular. The program is free.

  • $60,000 in 60 days

    The School Board of Levy County approved a contract for a math coach consultant on Tuesday night that could total as much as $60,000 for as many as 60 days of coaching.

    The contract will authorize consultant Roberta Dilocker to be a math consultant who will primarily focus on Williston High School for 30 days, and other Levy County schools for an additional 30 days, if approved.

    Williston received an “F” grade last school year, and much of the initial remedy is focused on improving performance in math.

  • Fall at the Derby promises fun for a good cause

    All the grace, color and tradition that is the Kentucky Derby will move South Oct. 24 when Haven Hospice hosts Fall at the Derby at Black Prong Equestrian Center.

    The 250-acre property, nestled in the heart of the Goethe Forest, will showcase an evening of fun for benefactors of the end-of-life care organization.

    Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests will be entertained by the Rick Gordon Band, who will play throughout the evening.

    Both live and silent auctions will take place with the center’s Aulson Hall as the focal point for items that have been donated.

  • Williston farmers commit to protecting environment

    A study in 2008 reported agricultural activities as a major source of water contamination, but Williston farmers are working every day to minimize their environmental impact.

    “No one is more cognizant of the need to protect the environment than a man or woman who is absolutely dependent on that environment to make his living,” said Anthony Drew, a county extension agent at the University of Florida. “And a farmer, more than any other industry, is absolutely dependent on a healthy environment.”

  • Firefighters plan training burn

    The Williston Fire Department is planning a little cleanup in East Williston and it got a little help with the project from the Levy County Commission.

    The commission, at its Tuesday meeting, agreed to accept an easement at 4151 N.E. 208th Terrace for the fire department to use for a training burn.

  • County waits on cities to act on water authority

    Once again Levy County has put off taking any action on joining any government utility authority until all of the municipalities reply to Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy’s proposal that the county form one of its own.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and one of the items on the agenda was Pomeroy’s letter to the other seven cities in the county to form a countywide water authority.

  • New Miss Williston crowned
  • Unemployment up

    Levy County’s jobless rate in September returned to its highest level ever — 12.1 percent — after taking a dip in August.

    That is up 0.5 percent up from the month from August and a return to the July unemployment rate. The number of unemployed persons went from 2,001 to 2,100 in Levy County.

    Neighboring Alachua, Citrus and Marion counties all showed an increase in the number of residents filing for unemployment compensation with the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

  • Red Devils take big loss

    The Trinity Catholic Celtics scored early and often in the first half against district foe Williston Friday night Oct. 23.

    The Celtics put up 28 unanswered points in the first quarter in route to a 35-0 halftime lead over the slow starting Red Devils.

    The Celtics offense clicked on every possession in the first quarter as they rode running back Kedrick Rhodes and wide receiver Kadron Boone, to a 28-0 lead after one quarter of play.