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  • Handgun on job lands man in jail

    A 10-year career at Wellee^Bilt Industries came to a halt last week for a convicted felon who brought a handgun to work.

    According to the Williston Police Department, Richard A. Williams, 50, of SE Third Street hid a handgun in a piece of pipe and threatened to kill any co-worker who said anything about it.

    However, employees, concerned about safety in the workplace, notified management who then in turn called the police.

    Williams had served time in prison for killing a man in Bradford County 20 years ago

  • Mail carrier fails to deliver

    Bronson letter carrier Rose Conklin pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to failing to deliver more than 125,000 letters, newspapers and circulars over a six-year period that she worked with the U.S. Postal Service. She faces the possibility of a five year prison sentence, plus three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a $1,000 monetary assessment.

    As part of her plea deal she has agreed to pay the $1,000 assessment before her sentencing in November.

  • New chamber directory is here

    All the information you need about Williston is now at your fingertips.

    The new 2009-2010 Williston Area Chamber of Commerce member directory is now available around town and at the chamber office.

    In addition to the ads that support its publication, the directory also includes brief articles about the different facets that make up Williston, including recreation, history, lifestyle, business, health care, religion and education.

    The center spread is a pull-out map of the city with a key that directs you to the street you are looking for.

  • Levy Fair Association has permanent home

    The Levy County Fair Association has a new permanent home, Jim Smith told Williston Chamber of Commerce members last Thursday.

    Smith, the executive director of the fair association, announced that on Aug. 2, the group will be headquartered at 40 NW 1st St., Williston, directly across from the post office. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., he said.

    The Levy County Fair will be held April 8-11, 2010, Smith said.

  • Tax notices hit the mailbox next week

    The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners next week.

        And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

        But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

  • Nuclear plant gets state blessing

    The Florida Cabinet has given its blessing to locating a two-unit nuclear power plant in Levy County about two miles from the town of Inglis.

    Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, serving as the Siting Board, unanimously approved Progress Energy Florida’s request for construction of a nuclear facility on a 3,105-acre location. The Levy Nuclear Plant is the first nuclear facility approved in Florida since 1976.

  • Mining hearing shelved
  • Suwannee River Fair meeting set for Aug. 24

    The Annual Meeting for the Suwannee River Fair & Livestock Association will be held on Monday, Aug.24 at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.

  • Welcome back

    Monday will signal mixed blessings across the county as many students fall into a depression and their parents will breathe a sigh of relief as yellow buses roll and traffic increases when Levy school bells ring.

    Teachers were back on the job this week organizing their rooms and planning curricula in anticipation of another year of learning.

    In Williston, schools are hosting open houses tonight and Friday. Students may pick up schedules and parents get an opportunity to meet the people entrusted with their children for six hours a day.

  • Levy EMS termed ‘role model’

    Levy County’s Emergency Medical Service got a pat on the back but it is not resting on its laurels.

    EMS Director Trish Seibold told the Levy County Commission in its regular meeting Tuesday morning that the Florida Department of Health had commended the agency on passing a recent compliance monitoring site survey.