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  • Airport renovations soaring high

    It’s seen the likes of F. Lee Bailey, David Cassidy, Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. Who knows what celebrities it will draw when the multi-million dollar renovations are complete at Williston Municipal Airport.

    Earlier this week, construction crews bustled as they worked on what will be the new Fixed Base Operator (FBO), a 10,000 square foot service center that will have lounges, conference rooms, restrooms and areas for offices, flight planning and a control room.

  • Auction proceeds will give Chief a facelift

    For over 10 years it has been home to plays, musicals and workshops that have entertained patrons from across the region.

    Now it’s in need of a facelift and its supporters are calling on you to see that it gets done so future generations can enjoy entertainment from the only playhouse in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

    The Chief Theatre in Chiefland is in the midst of an aesthetic overall and the costs are daunting, Peggy Rowe, one of the Suwannee Valley Players told chamber of commerce members last week.

  • TDC gives Willston events $2,500

    The Levy County Tourism Development Council approved two advertising grants last week for the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The Central Florida Peanut Festival received $2,500 and the 4th annual Recreational Fest and Fly Market also received $2,500. Both applications requested $5,000 each.

  • School board adopts tentative millage, budget

    “Now remember, anything we do here tonight is temporary,” said Bob Clemons, Finance Director for Levy County Schools. The School Board of Levy County was convened in the first public hearing to approve the tentative millage and tentative budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Council's insurance up in the air

    The idea of the city providing health insurance for elected city council members and the mayor at no cost to them was discussed briefly at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

    State statute allows for “local government units” to pay for all or part of the health care premiums of elected officials. The estimated cost per member in Williston is $360 per month, for a total of more than $25,000 annually.

  • Extension agent heads to Iraq

    Imagine advising farmers on raising food crops and cattle in Florida’s heat and alternating wet and dry spells, not to mentions hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning strikes.

    Now, imagine advising farmers in Iraq where the temperature can reach 120 degrees in July and August, a dusty dry wind blows from April to June and the 120-degree heat after June gets a little help from a steady flow of dry air. Florida’s hurricanes are replaced by dust storms over there. And rain occurs mainly from December through April.

  • Williston police chief has no plans to retire

    Williston Police Chief Dan Davis will be around for a while.

    At Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, council was presented with a letter sent by city clerk Valerie Anderson after she spoke to Chief Davis about his “requirements for retirement.”

    In the letter, signed by Davis at Anderson’s request, he says that he would consider retirement if the city would contribute 3 percent to his retirement fund (the police rate) rather than the 2.25 percent that applies to general employees.

  • Qualifying open for Bronson election

    Three seats are open in the Sept. 8 Bronson Town Council elections and qualifying has already brought two challengers and plans for a political rally on Aug. 29 at Bronson Youth League Park.

    Up for election are the seats held by: Aaron Edmondson in Seat One, Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo in Seat Three and Melody La Flam in Seat Five.

    Restaurant owner Jim Beck, who heads the town’s Sewer Committee, has announced he will seek the seat held by Edmundson.

  • County sets tentative millage rate at 8 mills

    The property tax millage for Levy County is tentatively set at 8 mills, but that could change as the Board of Commissioners keeps whittling the budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody said property owners will see the 8 mills rate on their TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices that will be mailed out, but that rate is not set in stone and it could go down.

  • New satellite phones create communications web to aid disaster recovery

    The Levy County Emergency Management has filled a gap in the communications loop throughout the region this week with the arrival of eight new satellite phones, according to LCEM Director Mark Johnson.

    “This plugs a huge communications hole in Levy County,” Johnson said. “If the area is hit with a major storm and all other communications are down, the satellite phones create an emergency responder communications web. We’ll be able to know exactly what the needs of each community are.”