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  • Council welcomes new members

    The Williston City Council welcomed two new members Tuesday night and said goodbye to a pair of long-time associates.

    Brooks Holloway and Michael Shoemaker were sworn in by Judge Joseph Smith, as was Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, who was re-elected without opposition.

    Shoemaker also won without having to face an opponent, but Holloway defeated Lindsey Hager in the March election.

  • Are your numbers showing?

    Williston officials want people to know that there is a city ordinance which requires all buildings to have numbers "plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property, whether or not mail is delivered to such building or property."

  • WPD chief marks 40 years in law enforcement

    Forty years ago, a young college graduate took a job with a life insurance company in Baltimore. After seven months, he says he was "bored to tears."

    That led him to the Marine Patrol in Maryland, where he started a career that would eventually bring him to Williston as the police chief.

    Daniel M. Davis talked recently about his career, and the things he has seen change over his four decades in law enforcement.

  • A day at the airport

    The Recreational Fest and Aviation Fly Market sponsored by the city of Williston and the Williston Airport was held last weekend at the airport. Crowds got to see the planes and antique cars on display, take plane rides, see Sheriff Office demonstrations and enjoy some good food served up in the hangar.

  • Radio system still needs work

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Fire Chief John Ward to apply for a matching grant to improve radio service in parts of the county where hand-held radios are failing.

    A request to apply for a $561,655 grant, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays 90 percent and Levy County pays 10 percent, was unanimously approved at a special County Commission meeting on the evening of March 25.

  • Mining firm seeks delay

    A March 31 letter from an attorney representing Tarmac America shows the mining company wants to delay consideration of its request for a special exception.

    The Levy County Planning Commission would not consider the Kings Road Mine again until January 2009 at the earliest, if the request for a delay is granted. The letter to Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt asks the Planning Commission to "hold in abeyance Tarmac's pending special exception application until at least January of 2009."

  • Setback rules may change

    After weeks of discussion with the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), a 330-foot setback may be changed to be a 100-foot buffer, Levy County Planner Shenley Neely said.

    The Levy County Comprehensive Plan currently requires property owners to not build or use their own land when it is within 330-feet adjacent of any state forest, federal wildlife reserves, state wildlife reserves or next to Suwannee River Water Management land.

  • Barker to run for property appraiser

    Osborn "Oz" Barker has announced that he is seeking the position of Levy County Property Appraiser as a Republican candidate.

  • Festival at airport is Saturday

    The city of Williston along with the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its third annual Williston Airport Recreational Fest & Fly Market.

    It will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, March 30.

    Admission is $2 per person and parking is free. No food or backpacks will be allowed. Food will be sold inside the gates. Vendors and Fly-Market dealers will be admitted at 8 a.m. for setup.

    The event will be held at the Williston Airport on Southwest 19th Avenue, just off SR 121 South.

  • City checks for unlicensed businesses

    The city of Williston is warning all business owners in the city limits that they must have a current Business Tax Certificate.

    The Code of Ordinances Section 36-31 (a) reads:

    "There is hereby levied a local business tax in the amounts as set forth in section 36-36 hereof for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation within the corporate boundaries of the city. The tax imposed hereunder shall be administered in accordance with all provision of F.S. ch. 205."