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  • Tangible tax savings could occur

    Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently released the second of four sets of information regarding the Jan. 29 ballot question related to modifying Homestead Exemption.

    The first part was in regard to the increased exemption. This release is about tangible personal property taxes.

    The property tax reform package provides for an exemption of $25,000 of the assessed value of tangible personal property (TPP), Akins said.

    The TPP exemption applies to all levies imposed by taxing authorities, including school districts, Akins said.

  • City discusses traffic

    The first City Council meeting of 2008 was largely a nuts and bolts session, concentrating on administrative matters. The only intense discussion was engendered by discussions of traffic control in the city.

  • Norris won't seek re-election to school post

    While there is a focus on the Jan. 29 Presidential Primary and the vote for tax relief in Florida, records from Bronson and Tallahassee show 11 candidates have opened financial accounts to run for various posts open this year in Levy County and the Eighth Judicial Circuit as of Jan. 3.

    Accounts for candidates seeking election as Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney, two Eighth Judicial Circuit Court judge seats open this year, Levy County Superintendent of Schools, three Levy County Commission seats, Levy County Property Appraiser and Levy County Sheriff.

  • Bishop to visit church for dedication

    Holy Family Catholic Church, established in 1968, has completed its third renovation.

    There will be a Rededication and Blessing Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. Bishop Victor Galeone of the Diocese of St. Augustine will preside over the celebration. He will be rededicating the church that has been doubled in size as well as blessing two new buildings, including a new parish hall and a beautiful new Angel House.

    Also invited are Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, pastors of the local Churches, former pastors of Holy Family, and friends of the parish from outlaying areas.

  • Upcoming tax amendment explained

    First of four parts

    BRONSON - Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently provided the first of four informational releases to explain a ballot question set for the Jan. 29 election.

    Akins said that based on an average of 18 mills, a home valued at or above $75,000 would generate about $188.50 in savings if this proposed revision to the Florida Constitution is approved by voters.

    Akins performed more calculations to show actual savings at current millages for various parts of Levy County for the increased Homestead Exemption amendment.

  • Williston resident, 19, dies in wreck

    A 19-year-old from Williston was killed Monday when he apparently lost control of his car at the intersection of State Road 121 and County Road 316 south of the city.

    Ethan Monette was turning from 121 onto 316 when he hit a power pole.

    He had attended Williston High School and worked for a fencing company. He was heading toward a family New Year's Eve gathering.

  • Worthless check complaints plague Levy County Fair

    Levy County Fair Association President Bob Levesque said on Dec. 20 he has made no progress in his attempt pay a $2,000 worthless check he wrote to Robinson's Racing Pigs on Nov. 13.

    Spencer Mann, a spokesman for Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone, said on Dec. 20 the Levy County office of the State Attorney has received two worthless check complaints against Levesque and the Fair Association.

    Those two complaints are under review, Mann said. That is all he could say about the potential worthless check cases.

  • Red light runners may be on camera

    Once upon a time, not so very long ago, the only traffic signal at the "Top of the Hill" in Williston was a flashing light. Today sophisticated electronic devices and turn lanes control the vehicles flowing through that intersection and three others in town. In the not too distant future, additional hardware may appear at some of those junctures.

  • A soldier's homecoming: Mixson back for holidays

    Catlin Mixson is home for the holidays.

    The 21-year-old Williston native, who was severely wounded in Iraq when an IED struck a Humvee in which he was riding, has been in recovery and rehab in Texas since being moved there after the September incident.

    At Gainesville Regional Airport, Mixson's homecoming was crowded and festive. Thanks to the efforts of Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith, the immediate family was able to greet Mixson on the tarmac.

  • CRA eyes update of plans

    At the Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency's last meeting of the year, members dealt with long-term plans and shorter-term concerns.

    At the urging of David Connolly, Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council principal planner, CRA members spent considerable time Dec. 10 considering modifications to the plan that had been developed when the agency was formed in 2002.