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  • Morrison resigns from School Board

    Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor.

    Board member Paige Brookins read aloud a letter from Morrison that stated he had sent his resignation to Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Brookins said that Morrison had asked her to read the letter dated Nov. 18 so that it could be added to the official Board minutes.

  • Hastings takes office

    Robert Hastings was sworn in as Levy County School Superintendent Tuesday morning, becoming one of the first Republicans elected to countywide office in Levy County.

    "We keep in mind in all we do that we are bettering our system, thereby helping our children," Hastings said. "We need to remember that we are working with our students so that they can have a good and healthy and productive future."

    Judge Joseph E. Smith administered the oath for Hastings, as well as Board members Paige Brookins and Beth Davis who ran for re-election unopposed.

  • Barker unseats Akins

    "Unbelievable!"

    Osborn "Oz" Barker's reaction to being elected as Levy County Property Appraiser may well sum up the feelings of the county's Republicans as they won two offices for the first time in history.

    In addition to Barker, who unseated incumbent Democrat Francis Akins, voters chose Republican Robert "Bob" Hastings as county school superintendent.

    "It feels great," Hastings said. "It's something I've looked forward to for a long time."

  • Williston gets new council member

    At its Nov. 4 meeting, the Williston City Council named Marc Nussel to fill council seat B, which was vacated by the resignation of Cal Byrd.

    Nussel was a member of the council for eight years in the 1990s and most recently was the caretaker of the seat vacated by Justin Landon.

    Nussel, who is the owner of Williston Crane and Equipment, has indicated that he will run for a seat in the March elections. He will be sworn in at the next City Council meeting.

    The other applicants for the seat were Betty Fender, Lindsey Hager and Anthony Della Rocco.

  • Don't tax me, bro

    Cookie King stands on the corner of Noble Avenue and Main Street in Williston Tuesday morning waving to motorists. "I've been here since 9 a.m. and I'll stay here as long as I can stand, because I love America," the local Realtor said. Residents were lined up to vote at local polling places Tuesday morning.

  • Hastings, Barker win

    One incumbent was ousted Tuesday in Levy County as Property Appraiser Francis Akins lost to Osborn Barker.

    Barker collected 9,529 votes or about 51 percent, to 8,817 for Akins.

    In the hotly contested school superintendent race, Bob Hastings defeated Jeff Edison, 9,566, or 54 percent, to 8,304. Hastings has worked in all three areas of the county and most recently was the principal at Chiefland High School. Edison has worked under the retiring Cliff Norris for years.

  • Council names top manager candidate

    The Williston City Council agreed on its unanimous first choice for city manager after interviewing the five finalists for the position in a marathon session on Oct. 23.

    He is Marcus Collins, currently the city manager of Crescent City, a position he has held since 2005. Collins has indicated strong interest in the Williston position since it was advertised.

  • City Manager interviews set

    The remaining field of five candidates for the Williston city manager position will be interviewed on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the City Council chambers, beginning at 1 p.m. Each candidate is allocated an hour. The interviews are open to the public.

    Three of the eight chosen for personal interviews, Jim Gallagher of Winter Haven, Robert Mearns of Fort Walton Beach, and H. Blake Proctor of Fairmont, N.C., have withdrawn their names from consideration.

  • Boy dies after nighttime ATV accident

    A Williston boy who would have turned 4 next month died last week in an ATV accident north of Williston.

    Aaron Donald Ford, known as Peanut, who was born Nov. 8, 2004, died when an ATV driven by Michael J. Hoolihan, 51, drove into a rock pit filled with water, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on private property at 5550 N.E. State Road 121, about a mile north of Williston, at about 10 p.m.

  • Peanut royalty

    Tayelen Seabrook and Reagan Jones are the 2008 Little Peanut King and Queen for the Williston Peanut Festival.