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  • Task force places parkway low on priority list

     By Mike Wright

    The I-75 Relief Task Force wrapped up its work Friday with a recommendation that the state upgrade the freeway and current road networks before it thinks of extending the Suncoast Parkway.

    The group, represented by officials and others from six counties appointed by Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, was charged with finding a long-term solution to Interstate 75 congestion issues between Gainesville and Wildwood.

  • U-Pick Lane becomes fifth name for county road

    It’s said that in the days before road names were formalized in Levy County that the road by the Li’l Food Ranch at U.S. Highway 27A used to be called “Lyin’ George Road.”

    Casey DuQuette of the Levy County Road Department told the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that he does not know how it came by that monicker. 

  • New code nears finish

    With one last tweak, Williston Board of  Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) members finished off the re-write of Chapter 48 of the city's ordinances – the one that centers on property and its upkeep and maintenance.

    During the course of their work on the board over the last two years, members learned that much of the city's code pertaining to what is expected of property owners was vague. 

  • Council stymied over future of city hall

    For more than a year, Williston City Council has bandied about the idea of the city possibly someday acquiring the cafeteria property at the original Williston High School for conversion into a new city hall building.

    During that year there were talks about reduced prices, trading out services and lopping the cafeteria off from the rest of the school property.

    The future is now.

  • We asked and the candidates answered

    Local candidates answered questions from the Levy Newspaper Group about their stand on issues that concern you.

  • Bronson proposes rollback millage

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    The Bronson town council at its second budget workshop unanimously voted to propose the new millage rate at the rollback rate of 5.04.

    Due to a small rise in property values, the rate is about one percent lower than the prior fiscal year’s rate of 5.07. The rollback rate represents the rate at which the town can collect the same amount of tax revenue as the prior year.

  • Mural project nears end

    Two years ago, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) had an idea to decorate the Heritage Park gazebo with art depicting Williston life. Monday night that idea came one step closer to reality with the acceptance of hand-painted pictures that will be enlarged and hung.

    Artist Judy Kemp presented the CRA with her finished work and said her job is now complete.

    Next the CRA will contract with someone to photograph and turn the canvases into panels for the gazebo.

  • TRIM notices coming

    The TRIM – Truth in Millage – notices are at the printer and will be dropped in the mail to property owners on Aug. 19 according to the Levy County Property Appraiser's Office. 

    Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser, said there is noting new in the TRIM notices this year, except the taxes being levied by taxing authorities. 

  • School millage rate to see slight decrease

     By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    The Levy County School Board passed a unanimous motion on Aug. 2 to tentatively approve the advertised rollback millage rate, which means a 3.32 percent drop in millage for Levy County property owners.

    The tentatively adopted rate is 6.89, down from last year’s 7.12. 

  • No Zika in Levy, but mosquitoes are being tested

    After the daily thunderstorms pass through Levy County residents need to go on patrol outside their homes and empty every container that has water in it. 

    That’s because the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is a container-grown pest, it does not breed in open ditches and ponds, said Matt Weldon, Levy’s Mosquito Control Department director. He made the plea to empty containers after every rainfall in a report on the virus to the County Commission on Tuesday.