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Local News

  • City will get FDOT funding

    A new Joint Participation Agreement between the city and the Florida Department of Transportation was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of Williston City Council. It provides $100,000 in addition to the $487,500 already pledged to the airport for the coming fiscal year.

    Finance director Mark Schiefer explained that FDOT had not initially expected the funds to be available, but was now able to offer the additional assistance to the city.

  • WEee^SOAR brings culture to Williston area youth

    For as long as she can remember, Mimi Johnson has wanted to seek creative ways to keep area children constructively busy.

    At Tuesday’s Rotary meeting, Johnson explained the WEee^SOAR (WE Support Outreach through Arts and Recreation) group and its aim to connect youth with programs–no matter what financial situation families are in.

    Johnson said much attention is now being focused on getting children back to school, armed with the supplies they need to do their work.

    Donations of supplies or cash that will purchase those tools is needed.

  • County looks for revenue in citation fee increase

    Drivers and scofflaws beware.

    The Levy County Commission voted unanimously to have the county attorney prepare an ordinance raising the court facility fee tacked onto every citation from $15 to $30.

    The item came up during the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday morning when County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp said Legislature passed the law approving the increase in the 2009 session.

    With 8,000 tickets issued in Levy County annually and many uncontested, a new ordinance could bring in $120,000 a year for the Levy County court facility fund.

  • Church Briefs

    Morriston Baptist

    Go “Down Under” with Morriston Baptist Church during Vacation Bible School on July 26-30 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. A Parents’ Night will be held July 31 at 7 p.m.

    “All Aboard the Boomerang Express,” says Children’s/Youth Pastor John Potts.

    “As your kidaroos travel across Australia, they will discover the vastness of God’s love and they will learn that no matter where they go or what they do in life - it all comes back to Jesus.”

  • Breaking News

    Gov. Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of Chad Johnson to serve on the Levy County Board of Commissioners.

    Johnson will fill the vacancy created by the suspension of Robert Anthony Parker and will serve as interim during his suspension.

    Owen “Chad” Johnson, 38, of Chiefland, is a territory manager for Destron Fearing.

  • Nuke plant faces another setback

    The Green Party of Florida and two other groups learned Wednesday that their challenges to Progress Energy Florida’s plans to build two nuclear power reactors in Levy County have standing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their petition to intervene has been granted.

    The move could represent another setback to the utility. In May, it announced construction work on the $17 billion project would be delayed by at least 20 months when the NRC refused to give the utility limited work authorization for excavation and foundation preparation work.

  • Chamber co-founder Joe Lewis dies at 89

    Led by Pan Zettler, Joe Lewis, Frank Etheridge and a handful of others work began to form an organization that would promote Williston to not only Willistonians, but the outside world.

    It was 1985 and it was the formation of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last Friday, Lewis, one of those community-spirited people died after fighting the good fight with cancer. He was 89.

    “He was one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known,” said Zettler. “There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help.”

  • Sheriff says budget cut will cost three jobs

    There will be bad news for three employees at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    They will lose their jobs in the coming year.

    That’s the news delivered by Sheriff Johnny Smith and Col. Mike Johnson to the County Commission as they delivered their revised budget proposal.

    “This is kind of sad in a way,” Johnson said. “It’s sad that we’re losing people.

    “I feel more consideration could have been given to the sheriff’s department.”

  • Woman dies from suspected case of meningitis

    Fifteen Levy County residents have been treated with antibiotics after coming into contact with a 21-year-old woman who died of suspected bacterial meningitis at a Sumter County Hospital.

    Kellie Nichole Taylor, 21, died July 7, at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages in Sumter County where she was staying with a friend.

    Barbara Locke, administrator of the Levy County Health Department, said it was “a sad case.”

  • Traffic stop, chase nets 3 bricks of drugs

    Williston Police Department is seeking the driver of a vehicle in which three aluminum foil-wrapped bricks of what is believed to be cocaine was found, according to a press release.

                The driver, whose identity is unknown, jumped out of the vehicle and fled after refusing to stop for and failing to elude Officer David Deonarine on Northeast 13th Street at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.