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  • Dry conditions cause concern

    The combination of recent hard freezes in North Central Florida along with an average drought index of 619 has created higher than normal risks for wildfires.

    The index is based on a scale from 0 to 800 with readings in the winter months over 540 considered severe. And hard freezes kill and dry-out grasses and other light vegetation that helps spread fire. Wildland fire officials are urging citizens to use caution.

  • 2008 year in review

    JANUARY

    3 - A 19-year-old, Ethan Monette, was killed New Year’s Eve in a single-car accident.

    An upcoming homestead exemption amendment is explained.

    10 - School Superintendent Cliff Norris says he will not run for another term.

    The city will once again debate the issue of charging for police response.

    17 - The city’s CRA is concentrating on façade improvements.

    The League of Cities opposes a budget-cutting amendment.

    24 - City of Williston employees have voted to unionize.

  • Accident halts traffic on North Main

    An accident at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday on North Main Street, north of the triangle, tied up traffic as the Williston Fire Department and local police cleared up the scene. The accident involved multiple vehicles, including a motor home.

  • Ivy House owner dies

    Freddie Byron Hale, 80, of Williston, died Dec. 22, 2008, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville following a short illness.

    He came to the Morriston area from Gainesville in 1943. He was the owner and operator of the Ivy House Restaurant in Williston and Alachua, a member of the Florida Cattleman’s Assocation, S.E. Wood Producers Association, Florida Forestry Association and the Good Ole Boys Club in Williston. He was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the Williston Church of God.

  • Family gets tree from Light Up Williston

    Lisa Beschard is a single mother who is unemployed, due to the economy. She tries her best to make sure her son lives a full life.

    It was decided that Lisa and son Steven would receive the Christmas tree (that was by Santa) at the end of Light Up Williston.

  • Schools may save without layoffs

    In the effort to reduce the operating budget by more than $1 million by the end of the current school year, Superintendent Bob Hastings is asking for the School Board’s and the union’s approval to take an unusual approach.

    Rather than eliminating approximately 50 jobs district-wide, as previously proposed, Hastings has found a more creative means.

    “We’re going to ask all employees to take three days off without pay,” Hastings told the Board.

  • Bank robbery was a family affair

    BRONSON - Three suspects have been arrested after the robbery of the Capital City Bank in Bronson last Friday.

    John Bernard Patterson, 43, of Pine Street in Bronson, and his daughter, Shakima Samara Patterson, 23, of Gainesville, along with his niece, Shameeka Lafaye Gorden, 26, also of Gainesville, have all been charged with bank robbery.

  • Residents seek help with mud boggers

    The mud boggers are at it again in northern Levy County and one resident has asked the Board of County Commissioners for help because the traffic is tearing up a private road used by residents.

    Charles Wilkerson asked commissioners in their regular Tuesday morning meeting that “four-wheelers and mud boggers are coming down the road” and tearing up Northeast 125th Street, a private road.

  • Schools may cut 50 jobs

    In the wake of mid-year projected budget cuts of $1.9 million, the School Board of Levy County needs to lay off 50 employees, according to Director of Finance Robert Clemons.

    "We should have reduced our staff levels by at least 25 at the beginning of this school year," Clemons wrote in a letter to the Board dated Nov. 26. "Now that half of the year is gone we need to reduce our staff levels by 50 to achieve the same results."

  • Williston High principal to resign

    Williston High School will be getting a new principal.

    Mike DeLucas confirmed Wednesday that he has resigned, effective the end of the year.

    DeLucas will become instructional leader for the Florida Virtual School, which means he is the virtual principal of 110,000 students in the state.

    The Florida Virtual School enables students to take courses online for various reasons. One common reason is that their school does not offer the course they wish to take.