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  • Red Devils' fan Bruce Smith dies at 77

     

    Bruce Smith was a familiar sight around Williston–from working in the town's theater to janitorial duties for several local businesses, and perhaps more familiar the ever-present sports fan of the Williston Red Devils, where he could often be seen keeping the time clock and scoreboard at home games.

  • Move over, boys Granny's at the wheel

     

    When Alma Fuller’s husband first taught her to drive an 18-wheeler back in the 70s, she had no idea that it would shape her future.

  • Rollback time

     

    Property values are up a smidgen this year, so the Levy County Commission will be giving property owners a break, tentatively dropping the millage from last year's 8.3307 to 8.2741 mils.

  • Williston opts for lower millage

     

    In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, the Williston City Council elected to go with a tentative lower millage rate, despite concerns from the manager and finance officer who both asked for some "wiggle room."

  • County sets tentative assessments

     

    The Levy County Commission has tentatively approved the fire, emergency medical services, solid waste and road assessments for the coming fiscal year, keeping them as their current levels. 

  • Council weighs need for airport committee

     

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    Editor

    An ordinance created the Williston Airport Committee to be an advisory council to the airport manager, but for almost two years committee activity has been suspended.

  • Gene Hodges dead at 77

    Cedar Key’s former Mayor Eugene “Gene” Hodges was born into a politically connected family, an heir to knowing how to get things done for the island community and district that he represented in the Florida House from 1972 to 1988. His father, Randolph, was a state senator from 1952-62, a Senate President and later a lobbyist.

    The son, a lifelong Democrat, made his mark in politics by being smart and likable. He used his quick wit that way a carpenter uses a wood plane–smoothing and finely shaping the final debate.

  • ISO rating lowered

    Home and business owners in the city of Williston can look for some savings on their fire/homeowners' insurance premiums thanks to the efforts of the Williston Fire Department.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann announced Tuesday night that the city's ISO rating, the means by which fire protection is graded, was lowered from six to five. Lippmann added the new evaluation was 4.5 points from being a four, and can be appealed.

    What that means is savings to the consumer because the better the fire protection, the less premiums are.

  • Just passing through

    When told he had only five weeks to live, Rodger Howell, 63, sold everything he had and took to the open road with two horses and a dog. His goal: to live every day as if it were his last, visit family and friends and see America.

    That was a year ago, and this week Howell passed through Williston on his quest to reach Niagara Falls by Christmas.

    A former Tennessee police chief, Howell drives his buggy four days a week and rests three, plus he never travels on Sunday.

    He averages 20-25 miles per day and enjoys meeting the people he encounters.

  • Williston man fatally shot; sheriff turns to public for info

    A shooting that left a Williston man dead last Saturday is still under investigation as authorities look to the public for information on who pulled the trigger that killed Leo Rives, 31.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in around 10:20 p.m. July 5. The caller reported a suspicious vehicle and a possible shooting.

    Deputies and officers from the Williston Police Department responded to the scene at the intersection of NE 218 Avenue and NE 35 Street, east of the city.