Local News

  • 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.

  • Riding for injured deputy

    The streets of Williston were suddenly filled with motorcycles about 11 a.m. Saturday as dozens of bikes and bikers roared through in a benefit for injured deputy Justin Mashburn.

    Mashburn was injured in an accident Oct. 20.

    Lt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff's Office said that 137 riders on 115 bikes took part in the benefit.

  • City officials get raises

    The Williston City Council voted at its meeting last week to award both the city manager and the city clerk 2 percent merit increases. Each has already been awarded the standard 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) afforded to every city employee.

    Council president Debra Jones presented her synthesis of the performance evaluations of each of the charter officers. Based on the overall scores, the recommendations were that City Clerk Barbara Henson receive a 4 percent merit increase, and that City Manager Jim Coleman be granted a 3.5 percent merit increase.

  • Parade, Light-Up event are Dec. 7

    The Holiday season is just around the corner and the GFWC Williston Junior Woman?s Club is sponsoring the 6th Annual Williston Christmas Parade. The parade will begin on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. and will be the official start of the 2007 Light Up Williston Festivities. This year the parade theme is ?The Night Before Christmas.?

    Once Santa Claus arrives and brings the parade through town, he will be available for pictures near the pavilion.