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  • Checkbooks out: it's school budget time

    Levy County property owners might want to free up a few hours this coming Tuesday evening. At 5:01 p.m. on July 28, the Levy County School Board will hold its first public hearing on the 2009-2010 budget, including the proposed property tax millage for the coming year.

  • Breaking News Crist names Johnson to Parker's seat

    Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson has been named to the Levy County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat, nine months after Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Tony Parker for being indicted on federal charges.

    Crist’s office made the announcement Wednesday afternoon after spending most of the day calling the other applicants.

    Johnson, 38, is married to Angela Quincey. The couple has four children, Tyler, Quin, Bryden and Maddilyn.

  • Proposed budget balanced; taxes lower

    The human element entered budget negotiations at the city council’s second budget workshop last week.

    Joining city manager Marcus Collins and finance director Mark Schiefer in their presentation was C.J. Zimoski, the representative of the city’s union, AFSCME. He was there to discuss the elimination of two positions from the Public Works Department, caused by the outsourcing of solid waste collection at the beginning of June. Mark Schneider, one of the two displaced workers, was there as well.

  • Rainbow River testing gets public scrutiny

    More beach closings on the Rainbow River are possible as the county tightens its standards for water quality at public swimming areas.

    On July 22, the Marion County Health Department recommended closing the Village of Rainbow Springs Beach, Rainbow Springs State Campground Beach and Dunnellon City Beach as well as KP Hole Park Beach.

    Water samples from these locations failed on two successive tests to meet the U.S. EPA’s recommended limit for enterococci bacteria — bacteria found in the intestines of all humans and warm-blooded animals.

  • Sign maker will donate proper 911 addressing

    Getting adequate 911 signage in the city of Williston just got a little easier.

    Steve Dibble, a local sign maker has stepped up the plate and is willing to donate signs that meet city requirements to any resident who needs one.

    Dibble said too often, adhesive signs sold in stores either don’t stick properly or aren’t the right size.

    “I have lots of scrap material left over,” he said, “and I donate the form the number goes on. It’s my way of giving back to the community.”

  • Library Corner

    The Williston Library has the following new titles on its shelves:

    8th Confession by James Patterson, Priceless Memories by Bob Barker, A Love to Last Forever by Tracie Patterson, Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark, Killer Cuts by Elaine Viets, Loitering with Intent by Stuart Woods, Wicked Game by Lisa Jackson.

  • Lions Club needs you

    They do more than collect eyeglasses for the poor and they want a chance to prove it in Williston.

    Ervin Kaufman is now spearheading a drive to revitalize the Williston Club so that it can be the active community-oriented club it was in years past.

    Kaufman was a Lion in his native Illinois for several years and knows the good that an active club can do.

    He has goals that even a small club can do, but right now, more than anything, that club needs members.

  • Dunnellon and Williston work to protect Rainbow Springs' basin

    The cities of Williston and Dunnellon have had a meeting of the minds on protecting the Rainbow Springs and the land basin whose waters recharge the springs.

    The mayors of both cities signed a document that pledges their commitment to springs commitment during a meeting of the Rainbow Springs Working Group on Friday at Williston Crossings RV Resort in Williston.

  • We are on our own this hurricane season

    “We’re Americans. Our citizens can do more.”

    That is the assessment of Mike West, information technology officer for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, after participating in a hurricane exercise on May 28 at Levy County Office of Emergency Management.

  • Pesky mosquito can be health risk

    Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials emphasize to Florida’s residents and visitors the importance of protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases as we move into the summer rainy season and peak mosquito activity months.