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  • Drew appointed to County Commission

    Marsha Drew, who recently ended her term as vice mayor of Yankeetown, brings a diverse wealth of experiences to the Levy County Commission that she will join on Tuesday.

    Drew, who was named to an interim appointment by Gov. Charlie Crist on March 6, will occupy the seat held by suspended District 3 Commissioner Sammy Yearty. Yearty and District 1 County Commissioner Tony Parker were indicted on federal charges in October, and suspended by Crist in early November.

  • Debra Jones retains council seat

    Debra Jones was elected to another term on the Williston City Council on Tuesday.

    Danny Stevens, county commissioner and a member of the canvassing board, announced the results to the council and interested onlookers at just after eight o’clock.

    Jones garnered 123 votes to Jerry Robinson’s 89 votes. Although Robinson was not in the room for the reading of the final tally, Jones thanked him for running a clean campaign. She said that when she’d talked to him during the day, they’d had a very cordial discussion and she appreciated that.

  • One County Commission, School Board vacancies filled

    TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist Friday announced the appointment of Marsha Drew to serve on the Levy County Board of Commissioners. Drew will fill the vacancy created by the suspension of William Samuel Yearty and will serve during his suspension.

    The seat vacated by Tony Parker, who was suspended at the same time as Yearty, remains vacant.

    In addition, Crist appointed Cameron Asbell to the Levy County School Board. Asbell replaces Billy Morrison, who resigned after he was arrested in Gainesville.

  • City election to be held Tuesday

    Williston's election for City Council will be held on Tuesday, March 3. Voting will be held at the Community Center in the City Hall complex from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    The votes will be counted and certified after the polls close.

    Three council seats were to be contested this year, but in two cases the incumbents, Steve Holcomb and Marc Nussel, were not challenged and thereby are automatically re-elected.

    Thus, the only seat being contended is that currently held by Debra French Jones; her opponent is Jerry Robinson.

  • Bembry opens office in Chiefland

    State Representative Leonard Bembry (D-Greenville) is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite office in House District 10.

    The district office is located at 23 Southeast 2nd Avenue in Chiefland at the old Train Depot. The office is staffed by Teresa Watson as a full time District Secretary who will assist constituents in Dixie, Levy, Alachua, and Columbia counties.

  • Archer woman dies after wreck on 121

    An Archer woman has died as the result of an accident on State Road 121 Tuesday south of Williston.

    According to the FHP report, Diane W. McGee, 50, was traveling north on 121 in a 1989 Chevrolet when a Mack truck driven by Leonard H. Burkhartsmeier, 67, of Ocala, attempted to pass her in a legal passing zone. But McGee apparently went to make a left turn and cut in front of the truck, initiating the collision.

    McGee was airlifted to Shands, where she died on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Farmers market to open March 7

    Levy County Farmers' Market grand opening will be Saturday March 7. The market will be open early in the morning every Saturday at its location at Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. 6th Ave., in Williston (intersection of Southeast 4th Street and Southeast 6th Avenue).

    The farmers' market will offer organic produce, herbs, teas, baked goods, crafts-jewelry, candles, plants, herbs, honey and lots more.

  • Faade grants to spruce up downtown

    Williston’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) is encouraging downtown businesses to spruce up with the help of façade improvement grants, which will total $10,000 for this year alone.

    The thrust of the effort is to restore the historic feel of downtown Williston by returning core buildings to their original appearance.

    Grants are available up to $5,000 for a single façade. Grants for lesser amounts may be awarded. 

  • City asks: What's in it for us?

    “What is Williston going to get from the stimulus package?” asked Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat toward the end of Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

    What do we have that is “shovel ready” and how do we apply for the grants needed to secure the funds to do it?

  • Not much stimulus help coming to county

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s meeting with tri-county elected officials was a case of good news-bad news.

    The good news is the stimulus bill passed.

    The bad news is not everyone will be satisfied.

    Nelson met with elected officials from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton Tuesday afternoon as part of a briefing tour. Nelson had visited Polk County earlier in the day and had later meetings in Live Oak and Monticello.