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  • Williston honors police, firefighters

    The City of Williston honored its police and firemen on Friday night at its annual banquet, held this year in the conference center at Williston Crossings.

    Award recipients are nominated and elected by their peers in each department.

    The police officer of the year is Kevin Sheppard.

  • Black History on display

    Black History Month started last Friday with a display in the main lobby of the Levy County Courthouse.

    Six years ago County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp asked author Carolyn Cohens to start a display. "I was thrilled," Cohens said last week. "It had never been done before.

    "This was a giant step for black history in Levy County for us."

    Since then she has gotten help with the display from both blacks and whites in the county. "Our history is tied together," she said.

  • City sets parade rules

    Are you planning a parade or a celebration that will require any of the streets of Williston to be closed off or patrolled by local law enforcement?

    If so, start planning early. And make the first item on your "to-do" list getting the proper permits and agreements from the city.

    At a recent meeting, WPD Chief Dan Davis asked the city council to require a minimum 30-day notification of any event that requires street closing and special policing. The council agreed to his request.

  • CRA discusses downtown

    Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency lacked a quorum at its Monday meeting, but the attending members discussed upcoming business nonetheless.

    The CRA's Feb. 11 meeting is to be conducted as a workshop to produce an updated plan. The CRA had agreed with David Connolly, Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council Senior Planner, that the document, produced in 2002, was in need of revision, based on progress thus far and on costs of materials and services which have, of course, risen since the inception of the plan.

  • Local voters not in step with state

    Levy County's voters did not go exactly like the rest of Florida's constituents, but the votes were similar overall.

    With 100 percent of the votes counted in Levy County by 9 p.m. on Jan. 29, Hillary Clinton took 40.64 percent (2,235) of the Democrats' votes and John McCain garnered 31.44 percent (1,102) of the Republicans' votes, according to Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell.

  • Court rules exotic animal ordinance constitutional

    By MARK SCOHIER

    news2@chieflandcitizen.com

    A Levy County criminal court ruled in a Tuesday hearing that the county’s ordinance on keeping exotic animals does not violate Florida’s Constitution.

    The issue of the ordinance potentially being unconstitutional was brought before Circuit 8 Judge James T. Browning by Defense Attorney Moises Kaba III, who was representing Brian R. Davis, of Morriston, on a citation issued by county code enforcement with regard to class 1 exotic animals being kept on his property.

  • Appraiser concludes amendment explanations

    Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently sent the fourth of four parts of information concerning the proposed 2007 Property Tax Reform Legislation, which will become a constitutional amendment if 60 percent or more of the Florida voters approve it via the Jan. 29 ballot.

    The fourth part deals with what is called the "Non-Homestead Property 10 Percent Cap."

    The proposed constitutional amendment would make an exemption available to owners of real property who do not have a homestead exemption or an agriculture use assessment on the property, Akins said.

  • City workers vote for union

    City of Williston employees have voted by a wide margin to affiliate themselves with the AFSCME union.

    The vote was 27 for unionization, four against and 14 not voting.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, describes itself as "the nation's largest and fastest growing public service employees union."

  • New City Hall plan moves to next step

    The face of downtown Williston may soon change more dramatically than it has in recent months.

    Walgreens will open in the spring, of course, and the new Williston Business Plaza on South Main Street is already full. Work will soon begin on the block of Linear Park in front of City Hall - which may not be city hall for very long.

  • Akins ordered to release records

    Circuit Court Judge David Glant ordered Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins to "show good cause" why the court should not force him to hand over public records.

    The order to show cause was issued Jan. 4 and it gives Akins 15 days to respond. The judge's order follows a petition from Anthony Phillips, a deputy clerk in the civil circuit division who is running against Akins for property appraiser.