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  • Meet the candidates for city manager

    Before ranking their choices for Williston City Manager, Councilman Michael Shoemaker suggested the list be pared to only include those with master’s degrees in business or public administration and who had at least one year of experience as a city manager. For the most part, council abided by the suggestion, as it will interview seven people in the weeks ahead. Vying for the job are:
    1) Oel Wingo, newly hired interim city manager who is working for $5,000 a month in the position, resides 12 miles from the city.

  • Welcome to KOW town

    The congregants at First United Methodist Church in Williston know all about city revitalization.
    They took a dark, dingy unattractive basement and in six short weeks transformed it into an impressive row of shops, each bursting with color and bearing names fitting the Bible heroes they were named for.
    Take a peek in Solomon’s Sweet Shop, or Peter’s Bait Shack or meander over to David’s Armory. Each facade of miniature KOW (Kids of Williston) town is appealing–and educational.

  • Get prepared: Hurricane season starts Wednesday

    On Monday, Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson was checking out the TV coverage of the Joplin, Mo., tornado disaster one screen while cranking up a coupld of laptop computers for a tabletop exercise in Chiefland on Tuesday.

  • Readying for the storms

    With hurricane season on the horizon next week, Williston Police Chief Clay Connolly says his department is behaving much as individuals–they’re preparing now so they can act in a hurry.
    “Citizens need to be proactive,” Connolly said. “Gather your staples now. Secure your lawn furniture. Remove dead limbs from trees.”

  • Oel Wingo tapped as interim city manager

    True to her word Monday night, newly appointed interim city manager Oel Wingo was on the job by 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
    Wingo was chosen in a 4-1 vote in a special called city council meeting, following council members’ interviews with three potential interim managers.
    Councilor Brooks Holloway was the lone dissenter, averring he saw no need for an interim manager since he believed a full-time person could be hired quickly–perhaps in two to three weeks.

  • Man charged in machete attack on dog

    Gary Denning, 50, of Trenton is facing a felony cruelty to an animal charge after he attacked the family's pet Golden Retriever with a machete severing its spinal cord on Thursday, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The dog, severely injured from being struck several times with a machete, was alive when deputies arrived, but was later euthanized by Levy County Animal Control.
    Denning told deputies the dog was not aggressive and he was getting back at his brother-in-law following an altercation over small dent in Denning's truck.

  • BOCC closes road despite loud protest

    Residents of Ocala Highlands West who packed the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were outraged by the board’s 2-1 decision to close the only Levy County road they have used to go in and out of their neighborhood.
    Southwest 216 Terrace, between County Road 464 and Southeast 59th Lane, is six-tenths of a mile long and it is owned, not by Levy County, but by descendants of Emory Priest, who requested its closure.

  • Negotiations to begin for property for new WHS


    Land was the hot topic at the latest Levy County School Board meeting but 77 acres in Williston will likely cost a pretty penny, but not in the near future.
    The committee that has been meeting regularly to locate the best site for the future Williston High School made its recommendation to the school board, but the actual acquisition is possibly years off. They started with eight sites, narrowed it down to four and ultimately to the one they consider to be the best.

  • County revenue, spending out of whack

    Revenues for the Levy County General Fund, are lagging behind estimates for the first six months of the fiscal year putting the county $1,345,342 in the red.
    County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp presented the bad news to the three commissioners in attendance at Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting in Bronson. Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) was absent from the meeting.

  • State budget cut could cost school jobs


    Falling tax revenues have forced the Legislature to cut state funding including a $4.7 million  cut to  Levy County schools that could affect as many as 50 employees.
    School Board Superintendent Robert Hastings said, there are “no sacred positions” and “nothing will be left unturned” as he looks for every way to save money and jobs.