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  • Mayor declares state of emergency

    Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat strives to be proactive rather than reactive and took quick steps Tuesday to ensure his city's residents would be protected by declaring a state of emergency for Williston as Hurricane Matthew swiped a path toward Florida.

    Hethcoat told the city council that as soon as Florida Gov. Rick Scott made the same declaration, he had a document drafted doing the same.

  • Bronson's James H. Cobb Park receives new funding

     By Sean Arnold

    The Town of Bronson was presented a check from Florida State Parks manager Tommy Pavao for $50,000 on behalf of the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) at the town council meeting on Monday. 

  • Greenlee reappointed Bronson mayor

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Bruce Greenlee was unanimously reappointed mayor of Bronson at the town’s year-end council meeting on Sept. 19.

    Vice mayor Beatrice Roberts made the first motion to nominate Greenlee.

    “He really did a good job in his first year,” she said. “You all may not know, but I know, having been in that position, that he’s done a great, great job.”

  • Old middle school, new city hall again take lead at council meeting

    What's old is new again as Williston City Council spent much of it's nearly three-hour meeting last week talking about subjects that have been discussed at length in the previous months.

    Members from Citizens for An Engaged Electorate and AARP took to the lectern last Tuesday to ask council members to revisit plans for the old middle school.

  • Peanut Festival is Saturday

    The calendar may list the first day of autumn as Sept. 22 but folks in Williston know that fall doesn't begin until the Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place – and that happens this Saturday in Heritage Park.

    The festival –saluting the peanut harvest (and one of Williston's major agricultural crops) is in its 28th year.

  • Williston Rotary debuts The Rack

      The Rotary Club of Williston debuted its newest service project – The RACK – Rotarians Actively Caring for Kids.

  • County keeps assessments same

    A strange thing happened at a Levy County Commission meeting on emergency medical, fire, solid waste and road assessments: commissioners reported they did not receive one call protesting the assessment. The commission office reported they did not get any calls. 

    And the lone county resident attending the second and final hearing on the assessments, which keeps them at the same level for the fifth year in a row, did not protest them. 

  • Williston residents concerned about privacy invasion

    They were passionate and through their passion, they were vocal.

    Monday night about 50 Williston property owners attended a meeting of the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) to hear about the new rewrite of the city ordinance that governs property maintenance and establishes penalties for non-compliance.

    BACE Chairwoman Sharon Brannan told the residents the rewrite's intent is to clean up the city and establish minimum standards.

  • Constitution Week begins Saturday

     For 60 years Americans have formally recognized Constitution Week during the week of Sept. 17-23 due to the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower Aug. 2, 1956, the public law celebrates the law of the land, adopted in September 1787 and ratified in June 1788.

  • Business Alliance forms to help stir and support Levy's economy

     More than 20 people attended the inaugural meeting of the Nature Coast Business Alliance last week, hosted by David Pieklik of the Nature Coast Business Development Council of Levy County.

    The Alliance is designed to network to enhance the economic development of Levy County, in addition to assisting and maintaining the businesses that are already in place.