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  • Williams to run for state representative

    Mike Williams, a long-time business owner from Madison, filed with the Florida Elections Commission to become the next State Representative from District 10. Williams has owned retail businesses in Madison and Thomasville, Ga., since 1979 and is involved in many business and community organizations.

  • Country star to sing Saturday in Bronson

    Weather Report for Saturday, Feb. 23: Snow is expected at the Bronson Youth League Park, 220 Picnic St., Bronson. That's right, SNOW!

    Among the many fun and entertaining attractions at the Bark-N-Purr Charity Concert and BBQ Cook-Off will be a kids snow slide provided by the Gainesville Ice Company. What an experience for children who have never seen the real thing!

  • Future of Airport Committee comes up for discussion

    It was item 8B on the city council agenda for it's Feb. 5 meeting: "Vice President Robinson re: abolishment of the Airport Committee." The notation was read on that date and then the item was tabled until the next meeting at councilman Robinson's request.

    Yet the reaction was explosive when the idea was discussed at the Feb. 19 meeting.

  • Byrd to run for County Commission

    The Levy County Commission race in District 5 heated up when Cal Byrd announced recently that he will challenge two-term incumbent Danny Stevens for the Democratic party's nomination for the seat.

    Byrd has served on the Williston City Council for nearly 25 years. He was a charter member of the Airport Committee, which was established nearly 10 years ago to oversee the growth of Williston's airport and industrial park, and he still serves in that capacity. As a councilman he oversees the utilities department and he also sits on the retirement pension board.

  • City has openings on two boards

    The city of Williston has openings on the following two boards:

  • CRA discusses master plan

    Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency, at its Monday night meeting, undertook a review and revision of its master plan, which was adopted in late 2002.

    The effort was undertaken at the urging of Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council principal planner David Connolly, who was recently assigned as WRPC's liaison with the CRA. At an earlier meeting, he told the panel that the plan had not been examined since its approval five years ago and, in several aspects, no longer conformed either to the CRA's current priorities or to the realities of the changes in the city.

  • Jail will no longer use Bronson sewers

    When most people open a bill and see that the charges are alarmingly high, they usually get on the phone and argue their case.

    Some might get an adjustment, while some might get stuck paying the whole enchilada.

    When the Levy County Sheriff's Department received a monthly water/sewer bill of $10,700 from the Town of Bronson for county jail usage, Major Mike Johnson's jaw dropped.

    The bill is usually half that amount.

    Johnson, who is the administrator in charge of approving the payment of bills, had a third option at his disposal - drop out.

  • Tornado season is here

    "Prepare and stay aware! The Florida spring tornado season is upon us," Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson said on Feb. 6.

    The day before, dozens of tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds of others, according to reports.

    Know the threat of hazardous weather exists, Johnson said. Prepare for potential problems caused by these climactic events, he said, by having a weather radio and a disaster kit. Know what to do when dangerous weather strikes, he added.

  • Red Light photo plan advances

    There will be no charge for investigation of traffic accidents within the City of Williston, but those who run red lights may be photographed and issued citations.

    Those were the decisions of the city council at Tuesday evening's meeting.

    Ordinance 570, which would have levied a $175 charge on those involved in accidents, was repealed. The repeal was the result of the passage of Ordinance 576, for which council voted 3-2, with council president Debra Jones and councilman Cal Byrd dissenting.

  • Plat near 335 denied

    Just as the Levy County Planning Board voted 3-2 to recommend denial of the preliminary plat of Golden Oaks Manor, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to deny it on Feb. 5.

    If it is approved in the future, Golden Oaks Manor will be a 15-acre subdivision with 10 lots ranging between 1.6 and 1.9 acres, Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt said.

    The developer wanted to use an easement to serve two of the 10 lots, rather than creating a road.