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  • 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.

  • This weekend's events

    Livestock awards

    from Fair planned

    The Levy County Fair Association will be holding an Awards Presentation for the livestock exhibitors from the 2008 county fair on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Williston Heritage Park on Main Street.

    Refreshments will be served and there will be live music; please bring your own chair. The exhibitors from the Creative Arts program and the public are also invited.

    5,000-pound event

    kicks off Saturday

  • Meeting set to discuss 121 plans

    The work on State Road 121 between U.S. 41 in Williston and the Alachua County line is scheduled to begin the near future, although no specific date has been announced.

    In an effort to provide citizens with more information about the project, representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation will hold an informal question and answer session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the city council chambers, directly preceding the city council meeting.

  • CRA reflects on past and future work

    At its meeting on Monday evening, Williston’s Community Redevelopment Association took a look back at its accomplishments in 2008 and looked forward to 2009 and the ensuing years.

  • City discusses alcohol sales

    The Tuesday evening meeting of the Williston City Council began quietly and predictably enough.

    The mayor awarded certificates of achievement and King Munchie’s pizza coupons to the students of the month for February: Riley Battle from Joyce Bullock Elementary School; Ryan Battle of Williston Elementary (yes, they’re siblings); Laquisha Hill of Williston Middle School; and Kenya Gardner of Williston High School.

  • City's seniors can get extra exemption

    Senior citizens in Williston may be entitled to an additional Homestead Exemption to be applied to millage rates levied by the city.

    Ordinance 496 allows for such additional exemptions for people 65 and over who have an existing homestead exemption. The total income for all members of the household must not exceed $26,500 for 2008. That number has been adjusted for the cost of living in each of the years in which the exemption has been in force.

    The Levy County Property Appraiser’s Office has a simple one-page application to be filled out.

  • Underground pot operation found

    An elaborate underground pot-growing operation that even had its own 100 kilowatt electrical generator has been put out of business and two persons arrested by the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Barker defends firing of Golding

    Newly minted Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says he fired a veteran employee on his first day in office because he did not have confidence or trust in her, but two leaders in the Tri-County NAACP said he told them God directed him to do it.

    And they think the reason is a little less divine - that Barker traded a promise to fire her in return for votes to help him win the office in the November election.

    Barker denies he fired Mary Golding to help him win the race, will not discuss why but he did seek legal counsel from an attorney specializing in labor issues.

  • Three file to run for council

    As of noon on Wednesday, Jan. 14, three candidates had qualified for the City Council elections to be held in early March.

    Steve Holcomb, the incumbent in Group A, has filed to retain his seat. Marc Nussel, who has been a member of the council since November, when he was appointed to fill the Group B seat vacated by Cal Byrd, has qualified to run for that position for a full two-year term. He previously served on the council for eight years during the 1990s.

  • Jones to face Robinson in city election

    Only one seat on the Williston City Council will be contested when the election is held in early March.

    City Council President Debra Jones is being challenged by former council member Jerry Robinson, who left the council last year in an unsuccessful bid for the County Commission.

    Council members Marc Nussel and Steve Holcomb drew no opposition and will automatically be re-elected.