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  • 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.

  • Suspect sought in Bronson shooting

    A Bronson man is being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office, an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is known for drug dealing.

    Aaron Sylvester “Doughboy” Hope, 28, of Boundary Street, Bronson, 6-feet tall, 180 to 210 pounds, stocky build, and possibly driving a tan 1988 Toyota 4-door with Florida tag M09-2DK, is being sought.

    He is wanted on one charge of attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault.

  • Levy budget to take $1.2 million hit

    BRONSON — Levy County’s assessed land value is expected to fall 7 percent in the coming year, meaning county government will take a $1.2 million hit in a budget that is already suffering from decreased revenues in the current year.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody told the commissioners that County Property Appraiser Oz Barker had informed his office that land values will be down by about 7 percent in the coming year.

  • Church gets compromise on new construction fees

    Representatives of the Church of God appeared at Tuesday evening’s Williston City Council meeting with a request for relief from fees necessary to begin construction of their new facility.

  • Williston airport could be site for emergency center

    Levy County is getting its act together to persuade Progress Energy to construct its new emergency operations facility in the county.

    The facility would serve as the emergency training and operation center for the proposed two-unit Levy County plant and as such must be located at least 25 miles from the plant.

  • Debra Jones renamed council president

    At a special meeting on Tuesday evening, the three re-elected members of the Williston City Council were sworn in by Judge Joe Smith.

    Before he asked them to take the oath, Smith thanked them for their continued dedication to public service.

    Benny “Steve” Holcomb, Marc Nussel and Debra French Jones took the oath of office. Holcomb and Jones have been on the council for many years and Nussel replaced Cal Byrd when he retired last November. Only Jones was challenged in the March election.

  • TEA time in Levy County

    Crowds gathered at the Levy County Courthouse Wednesday for a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) party. Here are some scenes from that event.