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  • Chiefland sports editor Claude Lewis dies

    Claude Lewis, sports editor of the Chiefland Citizen, died Friday night while en route to a Chiefland-Hamilton County football game in Jasper.

    Details are sketchy, but the Suwannee County Sheriff's Department said a motorist saw Lewis pull to the side of the road, attempting to use an inhaler. Lewis had a history of asthma, according to his wife.

    By the time paramedics arrived, Lewis, 54, was dead on the scene.

  • Holiday event date still not set

    The air was filled with congeniality and collegiality at Tuesday evening's city council meeting.

    The budget had been finalized after long and arduous negotiations; it awaits final approval at a special meeting on Sept. 23.

    The items on the agenda looked straightforward enough, and, indeed, only a few excited any discussion.

    Approval was given quickly for street closures for the Trail of Treaters on Friday, Oct. 31, for the Peanut Festival on Oct. 4, and for the Williston High School Homecoming Parade on Nov. 6.

  • Williston car show

    Midtown Cruisers car club of Williston and Bronson partnered with Advance Auto Parts in a fund-raising car show to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

    Saturday's car show, held in front of the Advance Auto Parts store in Williston, attracted several hundred viewers from around the area. About 50 cars, from Bronson, Williston, Chiefland, Trenton and beyond, opened their hoods to show off in front of an appreciative crowd.

  • 9-11 ceremony held

    Dave Hutcherson, left, of the Amvets and the Marine Corps League, stands with Todd Etheridge of Perkins State Bank in front of a wreath placed at the Tree of Hope during a 9-11 memorial ceremony held Thursday morning, Sept. 11.

  • City faces budget deficit

    The problem is straightforward; the solution is going to be complex.

    That was the message Finance Director Mark Schiefer delivered to the city council and department heads at a workshop about the fiscal year 2008-2009 budget.

    The problem: according to Florida statute, the city must have a balanced budget by the end of September. At this point, after Schiefer has incorporated all of the directives given him by the council, the deficit is $309,067, based on a budget of nearly $13 million.

  • Getting the word(s) out

    The Williston Rotary Club and the Williston Pioneer Sun News got the word out, actually lots of words, to third-graders at the elementary school last week.

    At an event held at the school's auditorium, members of the club and representatives of the newspaper distributed free dictionaries to each of the students.

  • The money shuffle begins

    The Levy County Commission is doing the end-of-year money shuffle as some departments have some cash on hand to help other departments strapped for cash.

    In its regular meting Tuesday morning, the commissioners approved moving money around to help six departments that were short of funds.

    The commission took cash from the following funds and departments:

    General Revenue, $180,561

    E911, $9,440

    Emergency Medical Services, $276,843

    Fire, $204,512

    Drug Task Force, $17,612

    Capital Projects, $542,157

    And gave funds to:

  • Students of the Month honored

    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the first Student of the Month awards of the academic year at the City Council meeting on Sept. 2.

  • Northwest Main Street to remain closed

    Access to the Walgreens parking lot will be improved in the next few weeks, but the closure of the Noble Avenue and Northwest Main Street intersection is permanent.

    At Tuesday night's meeting, Debbie Reilly, the manager of the Williston Walgreens store, asked Williston's City Council for better access to the store. She said that the closure of Northwest Main Street had made it difficult to access the store directly. Those driving east on Noble Avenue must turn at either Northwest 1st Street or onto Main Street, then access Northwest Main from Northwest 1st Avenue.

  • BOCC learns more costs go with radios

    The Levy County Commission was taken aback to learn in a budget workshop that the new radio system used by law enforcement and emergency responders will be expensive to maintain.

    During a workshop for county constitutional officers Tuesday afternoon, commissioners were told the county's 332 hand-held and mobile units, which already cost $14.95 each per month in user fees are almost out of warranty and an extended warranty will cost $175 per unit per year. That's $58,100 per year on top of the $59,560.80 in user fees.