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  • Law Day 2009-Fun on the River

    The 9th Annual Law Day Lunch, an event that honors law enforcement, was celebrated on the banks of the Suwannee River on Friday, May 9. The fried mullet, hushpuppies, cheese grits, slaw and all the water and tea you can drink event is hosted by the judiciary and sheriffs serving Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties. More than 150 people gathered at the W.O. Beauchamp Jr. home, where the event is held every year, to celebrate friendships and catch-up on current events in their families and work.

  • Letter carriers deliver . . . food

    Even in difficult times, the people of Williston and the surrounding area banded together to help out the less fortunate.

    Last Saturday, letter carriers collected more than 9,100 pounds of food during their annual food drive.

    Williston Postmaster Patty Lisotto expressed her appreciatin to everyone who participated, including her carriers, volunteers and members of the Red Devil football team who helped load and unload the food.

  • Planners back crowd, defeat mine proposal

    After a four-hour public hearing and testimony from more than 20 residents who live in Levy and Marion counties, the Levy County Planning Commission unanimously refused to recommend an application for a mining operation south of Williston.

    An audience of about 150 who gathered to oppose the special exception to allow the mining operation greeted the commission, in its first meeting for several months due to the economic downturn.

    But the crowd, which was noisy at times, cheered the commission’s decision and went away happy.

  • Nuclear plant stalled

    The news came like a thunderclap.

    Progress Energy Florida announced on Friday, May 1 that it will be unable to start construction of the proposed $17 billion Levy County nuclear power plant for 20 months.

    But the company tempered that with an announcement that customers’ monthly power bills won’t be as large as expected in 2010.

    County officials are taking a positive look at the twin announcement saying it allows them to better plan for the arrival of the plant and the 3,700 construction and 800 permanent jobs that accompany it.

  • 'Ugly' railings get City Council approval

    At its Tuesday evening meeting, Williston’s City Council heard two requests from Dr. Ken Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency. The items under consideration had been discussed at some length by the CRA in its own meetings.

  • Breaking News NRC decision delays Levy County nuclear plant

    Bad news for those in Levy County who were counting on construction of a $17 billion nuclear plant near Inglis: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a kink in construction plans and delayed the start by 20 months.

  • Mining foes gear up

    An application for a permit for a major limerock mining operation close to the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Williston is expected to provide controversy at the May meeting of the Levy County Planning Board.

    It is the planning board’s first meeting in several months as applications for permits and special exceptions plummeted with the national economy. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Levy County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson.

  • New Williston clerk named

    As of May 1, Williston will welcome Valerie A. Anderson, a resident of Williston, as its city-clerk-in-training.

    Anderson will succeed Barbara Henson, who has provided many years of distinguished service to the community in the position. Henson told the City Council in the middle of last year that she would retire on June 30, 2009. Though there were many requests to stay, Henson stayed firm.

  • Downtown designs discussed

    Williston’s Planning and Zoning Commission held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening and hosted members of the Community Redevelopment Agency to review the design guidelines for the downtown area of the city.

    In addition to discussions within the committee, the CRA had sent out a questionnaire to business owners within the city asking their opinion on architectural styles and design features that would enhance the area.

  • Man wanted for shooting turns himself in

    A Bronson man being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office — an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is know for drug dealing — turned himself in at the Levy County Jail at lunchtime on Thursday.

    Aaron Sysvester “Doughboy” Hope, of Boundary Street, Bronson, was arrested on warrants for attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault. His bond is $800,000.

    Earlier in the week officers recovered the vehicle he used to flee the scene of the shooting.