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  • Council members sworn in; new city clerk hired

    Following the city charter–and longstanding tradition–Williston welcomed three new councilmen Tuesday night.

    Jason Cason and Charles Goodman, both first-time councilors were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Tim Browning, along with Elihu Ross who has served since December and Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, who ran unopposed in March.

    Jerry Robinson was re-elected as council president and Norm Fugate was elected as vice president–both by unanimous votes.

  • Holy Week, Easter services set

    Williston First Baptist
    Williston First Baptist Church will present “The Thorn” a multi-media presentation Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
    Visit www.willistonfbc.net for more information.

    Cornerstone Easter
    Cornerstone Assemby of God will hold Easter sunrise services at 6:45 a.m. April 8 in the church parking lot.

    Bronson UMC Easter

  • BOCC looks at big Medicaid bill

    Levy County could be on the hook for up to $900,000 in Medicaid bills due to the state under a new law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.
    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown told the Board of County Commissioners in Tuesday's meeting that they could owe the state for 10 years of Medicaid patient bills and the state plans to take the money out of revenue sharing money before it is sent to the county.
    “Chances are Levy County owes something,” she told the commissioners.

  • City Council honors April Students of the Month

    At it’s regular meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Gerald Hethcoat and the Williston City Council honored April Students of the Month.
    Selected from Joyce Bullock Elementary School was Olivia Davis, daughter of Dennis and Tammy Davis.
    A first grader, she was nominated by her teacher Monica Cooper, who wrote, “This student is an excellent role model for the class. She is always on task and is very helpful. She is so motivated to learn and is excelling in all areas of study. She is an excellent reader and always displays such a positive attitude.”

  • Drought impacts another Levy County Spring

    Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.
    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it a muddy brown.

  • Drought impacts another Levy County Spring

    Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.
    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it a muddy brown.

  • Electric credits start now

    Over the course of the next three months, Williston electricity customers will get a little bonus on their  bills in the form of a credit.
    At Tuesday’s meeting, the council agreed to begin the credit process that will refund over $335,000 to consumers.
    For about 22 months, from March 1, 2010 until Dec. 31, 2011, electric customers were overcharged.
    After a lengthy discussion and outcry from city residents, council members voted to refund the overcharges.

  • Brooke Ward will run for Supervisor of Elections

    Brooke Ward has announced her candidacy for Levy County Supervisor of Elections.

    In her announcement letter she wrote, “My name is Brooke Ward and I am a longtime resident of Levy County. My daughter Kinsey and I are strong agriculture advocates, and reside at Ward Farms which has been in our family for several generations. 

  • Don’t be a victim

     The Williston Police Department is partnering with Jerry Heines to sponsor a “Women’s Awareness and Defense Class” to teach women how to avoid being the victim of a physical attack. 

    Heines has formed his class to prepare women to have a survivor mindset and to use simple and practical techniques of self defense. 

  • Elihu Ross:

    Elihu Ross could refute Thomas Wolfe’ claim that you can’t go home again. He’s living proof you can, because he’s done it dozens of times over the span of his seven decades.

    Ross, elected to the Williston City Council earlier this month to fill the  unexpired  term of Marc Nussel, was born at home on 1st Street.

    Today, he and his wife, Ann, live beside the home he was born in and in fact, still own it.