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  • Council agrees to keep millage same at 5.9025

    Three members of the city council unanimously voted for the tentative version of the city’s 2009-2010 budget and millage rate.

    Council president Debra Jones and council members Brooks Holloway and Mike Shoemaker were present when city manager Marcus Collins and finance director Mark Schiefer presented the third version of the budget. Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat, who has no vote, was also present.

  • Levy Cup stays in Williston
  • AARP sponsors flu shot clinic Sept. 11

    AARP Area Chapter 912 will hold the annual Flu/Pneumonia Shot Clinic Friday, Sept. 11 at Williston City Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Maxim Health Systems, LLC will administer the vaccinations this year.

    Costs are: influenza $25 and pneumonia $35 for those paying for their immunizations. Medicare recipients need a picture identification and your Medicare card in order for Medicare to be billed directly at no cost to the consumer. Those with insurance covering the cost of the injection(s) will receive a receipt to submit to insurance for reimbursement.

  • 11th hour attempt at county raises dies

    A last-minute suggestion and plea for a pay raise for Levy County employees - the first in two years - died on the vine in Monday afternoon’s budget workshop.

    Commissioner Danny Stevens made the suggestion to his fellow commissioners to spark discussion on a topic that has hung heavy over budget talks this year: Would county workers go without a pay increase for a third year in a row?

  • Hospital changes management

    Nature Coast Hospital is under new management and change is already taking place.

    Partners Healthcare Development Inc. (PHD) out of Overland Park, Kan. became the new management group for the hospital Sept. 1, according to spokesman Nathan Adams, vice president of communication and government affairs.

    Adams said rumors that PHD had purchased the hospital are unfounded.

    With only one week into the acquistion, Adams said the first changes include the appointment of a new chief executive officer and chief financial officer.

  • Kennedy defeats LaFlam; two Bronson incumbents return

    Voters in Bronson have spoken: They are only in the mood for a little change.

    In Tuesday's town council election voters returned two incumbents to office and elected a newcomer to politics to the third spot.

    Jason Kennedy, manager at the Burger King in Chiefland and co-owner of a home-based business with his wife, handily won over incumbent Melody LaFlam 190 to 83.

    In the other races, Aaron Edmondson defeated restaurant owner Jim Beck 154 to 136, and incumbent Beatrice Mongo won over Mike Johnson, chief deputy at the Levy County Sheriff's Office, 163 to 129.

  • AARP will hear about human trafficking

    AARP Chapter #912 welcomes members back after the summer break when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14 in the Holy Family Catholic Church Hall, 17353 NE Hwy 27 Alt, Williston.

    The speaker will be Michelle Thore, an FBI Victims Specialist. Her subject will be “Human Trafficking.” She will speak immediately after a short opening, followed by ther business meeting. A pot luck provided by members will be served after the meeting.

  • Water supply concerns BOCC

    The Levy County Commission is sending a letter to the St. John’s Water Management District expressing the board’s concern about what it feels is excessive water use in the populous area around Jacksonville.

    The commission took the action after Steve Minnis of the Suwannee River Water Management District, gave a report on the “state” of water supplies in the region indicating that the biggest withdrawals are in that area.

  • City opts to contact for emergency services in event of disaster

    The city council of Williston decided at its Tuesday evening meeting to follow the lead of the county and other towns in contracting for emergency services in the event of natural or manmade disaster. The county has been urging each municipality to establish such a plan.

    Fire Chief Lamar Stegall presented both the county plan and one from the town of Inglis. The contractor in both cases is Grubbs Emergency Services, which operates out of Brooksville and, according to city attorney Norm Fugate, is well known and highly respected.

  • Newspaper exec who founded Weather Channel dies

    NORFOLK, Va. - Frank Batten Sr., who built a communications empire that spanned newspapers and cable television and created The Weather Channel, died Thursday. He was 82.

    Batten, the retired chairman of privately held Landmark Communications and a former chairman of the board of The Associated Press, died in Norfolk after a prolonged illness, Landmark Vice Chairman Richard F. Barry III said.

    A visionary executive who earned a reputation for spotting media trends, Batten was at the forefront of development of cable television in the 1960s.