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  • Sheriff wants pay raises while county is in cutting mood

    Col. Mike Johnson surely must wish he had accompanied Sheriff Johnny Smith on his religious mission to Romania rather than stand before the Levy County Commission Tuesday asking for a 3 percent pay raise in the annual budget.

    The county commission, which has asked departments to cut their budget requests by 5 percent from last year’s budget sent Johnson on his way with the direction to cut the sheriff’s budget by 5 percent.

  • Commission deadlocks 2-2 vote on contract

    The Levy County Commission operating with three elected commissioners, two suspended commissioners, one interim commissioner and a vacancy in an interim commission seat hit the wall with a tie vote that could not be broken Tuesday.

    The vote came during the regular meeting where Tax Collector Linda Fugate and County Judge Joe Smith asked the commission to terminate its contract for the Courthouse Space Study with Clemons Rutherford Associates of Tallahassee.

  • Board to settle valedictorian problem once and for all

    Over the last several years, conferring valedictorian and salutatorian honors on Levy County’s top-achieving high school seniors has been a process fraught with controversy and dissatisfaction.

    Complications in recent years include large numbers of co-valedictorians with identical GPAs, and unweighted GPAs causing students taking less-difficult standard high school courses to be honored over students taking honors and dual-enrollment courses.

  • Chiefland coach will get administrative hearing

    Levy County School board took action this week on a tabled recommendation concerning Chiefland High School ESE teacher Mark Lundy.

    Lundy was suspended without pay two meetings ago on a recommendation by Superintendent Robert Hastings over an allegation that he falsified classwork for a student. At the last meeting, Hastings asked the board to dismiss Lundy, but Bronson board member Cameron Asbell objected, saying he felt the investigation conducted by the personnel office did not conclusively demonstrate Lundy’s guilt.

  • Fire Department starts burn education program

    Sustaining a severe burn is one of the most painful and devastating injuries a body can endure. More than 250,000 of burn injuries occur every year in the United States and more than 10 percent of those injuries result in death. The Williston Fire Department is working to lower those statistics by first changing behaviors in our own community through a new nationally recognized and distributed burn education and prevention program called To Hell and Back: Community Awareness.

  • Summer fun at the library

    All five Levy County Public Library branches will have FREE Family fun this summer. Join in on the fun at your local library. Large groups are welcome, but please call in advance. For more information, contact your local librarian, or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

    Williston Public Library

    Monday, June 15 at10 a.m.

    Animal Adventures with Ranger Pam, Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWR

    Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m.

  • Another T.E.A. Party set

    Volunteers across Northern Florida are organizing a T.E.A (Taxed Enough Already) party to be held on the 4th of July at Forest Capital Park in Perry, Florida, on U.S. 19 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

    The T.E.A party is a national movement to protest the spending of trillions of dollars “which will leave future generations with a huge debt they must pay” according to one of the local organizers, Jan Hopkins. “It’s time to let the voice of the silent majority in this country be heard across the country.”

  • Celebrate your independence in Williston Friday

    It’s a three-day weekend that promises to be filled with all things patriotic and some fun and games on the side.

    Start your holiday weekend here in Williston with the “Freedom–Our Heritage and Our Future” parade at 5 p.m. The Honorable Judge Joseph Smith will be the grand marshal for the parade. At least 60 participants have committed to participating in the parade that runs its course east on Noble Avenue.

  • Peanut Festival left out of tourist tax

    The Levy County Tourist Development Tax, paid by guests at hotels, motels, RV parks and other rental places with a six-month limit on occupancy, are dropping and the county Tourism Development Council has been forced to be choosy about where it spends the taxes.

    In its meeting Thursday, June 25 to review grant applications for the November 2009 to October 2010 cycle, the council’s first action was to drop applications from new events that had not complied with paperwork requirements or provided a budget.

  • Wednesday last day for parade entrants

    Williston will become a patriotic extravaganza next week as the city and the surrounding area turns out to celebrate Independence Day a day early on Friday.

    Festivities kick off with the “Freedom–Our Heritage and Our Future”–parade at 5 p.m. The Honorable Judge Joseph Smith will be the grand marshal for the parade that starts lining up between 4-4:30 p.m. on SW 3rd Street (the road between the Methodist Church and the high school parking lot).

    Parade entry deadline is noon Wednesday, July 1 at city hall.