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  • New Levy County CF campus opens doors

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The new College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus isn’t quite ready for its closeup, to flip the words of Gloria Swanson’s character in the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard.

    But after 14 years of development, fundraising and construction, it’s getting close.

  • A Life Remembered

    It’s been 29 years since David Moss walked the streets of Williston, doing what he had sworn to do: serve and protect the city’s residents.

    It was Saturday, July 30, 1988 when Cpl. Moss of the Williston Police Department was shot and killed while attempting to assist with what was thought to be a disabled vehicle.

  • Williston sets tentative millage

    Unwilling to raise ad valorem taxes, the Williston City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to set the tentative millage rate the same as the current year at 5.8627 mills.

    Council President Charles Goodman was the lone dissenter, qualifying his "nay" vote by saying he'd rather raise it high then lower it further along in the budget process.

  • Barbecue Contest This Weekend @ Cornelius Williams Park
  • County sets preliminary assessments

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.

  • The land that GPS forgot

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Citizens of the Gulf Hammock area feel like their area is falling through the cracks when it comes to locating homes for delivery or emergency services, and when it comes to the latter, they’re worried it could prove fatal.

    At the Gulf Hammock Church of God last Thursday, around 30 Gulf Hammock residents met with a handful of county representatives to air out their worries over how the area is represented on mapping systems as well as how it’s handled through the postal system.

  • Memorial almost ready for bid process

    With Veterans Day four months away, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) knows it's goal is lofty to have the veterans' memorial in place by Nov. 11.

    Monday night CRA Chairman Ken Schwiebert reviewed the landscape architect's drawings for the memorial and told CRA members that the real work begins now.

    Over the next few days, Schwiebert, City Manager Scott Lippmann and city staff will evaluate all facets of the project and determine which, if any must go through a bid process.

  • Levy school district retains 'C' grade pipeline burial

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

    In fact, all 10 of the district’s eligible schools scored the same letter grade as in 2016. The district also retained its ‘C’ grade.

  • County weighs in on medical marijuana

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The state has begun to clarify its position on the regulation of marijuana dispensaries after voters passed a ballot measure last November to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Florida.

    Levy County currently has a moratorium banning the sale of medical marijuana, but it will soon have to make a somewhat longer-term decision.

    At the recent meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners, Board chair John Meeks reported some of his findings on the issue from the Florida Association of Counties Conference.

  • Williston granted waiver for gas pipeline burial

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    There’s a discrepancy between Levy County and the Florida Department of Transportation in how deep a gas pipeline must be buried along their respective right-of-ways.

    The origin of the standard is unclear, but the county requires a minimum of 5 feet from the ground to the top of a pipe, while the FDOT’s standard – as well as the federal requirement – is 36 inches (3 feet).