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  • Light Up Williston is held

    At the annual Light Up Williston event last Friday evening, Mayor Gerald Hethcoat reminded residents how cold it had been during the ceremonies the previous year.

    No such problem this time.

    On a beautiful Florida night, the annual parade and the lighting of the decorations in Linear Park drew large crowds to the downtown area on Dec. 7.

    Hethcoat gave a welcoming speech, asking the crowd who knew what special day it was. Bradley Perkins, 9, had the right answer: "Pearl Harbor remembrance day."

  • Sawmill gets OK for 24-7 operation

    A sawmill that makes pine shavings received a unanimous vote of approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners for a special exception amendment Dec. 4 to let it run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The Derby Gold mill received its first special exception on Jan. 2. The Dec. 3 amendment changes the hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 24 hours a day.

    Derby Gold Pine Shaving has been operating for approximately five years in the Williston area. Its wood-shaving machinery is completely enclosed now to reduce sound.

  • County News Digest

    Sex business ordinance set for approval

    BRONSON - The Levy County Board of County Commissioners may approve a new ordinance related to sexually oriented businesses, according to Levy County Attorney Anne Brown.

    The meeting to consider adopting the new ordinance is slated for Dec. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m.

    The county attorney and others have been working on the ordinance for about two years, according to Levy County Coordinator Freddie Moody. The ordinance can be adopted at this meeting, Brown said.

    County approves letter against GRU choice

  • County tables mining decision

    After almost four hours of heated discussion, the Levy County Planning Commission voted 4-1 to table making any recommendation to the County Commission regarding a special exception for a major mining operation.

    Tarmac America is leasing property from Plum Creek in a project attorney Jake Varn said would generate an estimated $2.1 billion during the estimated 100-year lifespan of the mine, which is about two miles north of Inglis.

  • Artifacts at Chiefland festival

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Operations Officer Bill Miley shows some of the artifacts brought to the Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas and Winter Festival on Dec. 1 at Trailhead Park. The USCG Auxiliary meets each third Thursday at 7 p.m. in First United Methodist Church of Williston. There were many civic groups at the event in Chiefland this past Saturday.

  • Winner at casino

    Tammy Strickland of Williston was Isle of Capri Casino Resort's grand prize winner of $10,000 in the First Stop for Winning promotion that celebrated the opening of the new Biloxi Bay Bridge. The casino is located in Biloxi, Miss.

  • Upcoming events

    Leviticus event to start on Friday

    New Abundant Life Church will hold a Leviticus Conference Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, at 7 p.m. There will be singing each night. Also on Saturday, there will be a morning workshop at 10 a.m.

    Gladys and Tony Days are pastors. For information call 528-0590 or 528-9508.

  • Quilt show under way

    The 24th annual quilt show of the Log Cabin Quilters continues until Sunday, Dec. 9. The show is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 N.W. 10th Ave., north of Alt. U.S. 27 in Levyville. There will be a chicken and dumpling dinner on Saturday, and a drawing for a quilt on Sunday. Shown in the photo is Winnelle Horne, director.

  • Council tables action on request from Fair

    Working with the minimum number of the contingent required to complete the city's business - councilmen Jake Cason and Cal Byrd were absent - the Williston City Council tabled two matters which it deemed important enough to require the presence of the full council.

    The three remaining councilors completed the remainder of the agenda, listened to an unexpected presentation by a representative of the union that is attempting to organize city employees and voted, with a sharp dissent from council president Debra Jones, to cancel their Dec. 18 meeting.

  • Klover Leaf has grown over its 25 years

    What started 25 years ago as the small shop on the hill has become one of the largest western stores in the state. Klover Leaf Tack and Western Wear, known as simply Klover Leaf to the locals, carries more apparel and tack than any other western store in the area. On any given day you can find thousands of boots in stock, and always customers are assisted by the friendliest employees. Even if Klover Leaf doesn't have it, they'll help you find it.