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  • 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.

  • CRA muddles through bids

    After a long session of confusion over bids for the panels that will hang on the pavilion in Williston’s Heritage Park, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) made a decision to go with the low bidder if that bidder met specifications established by the committee.

    And that seemed to be where the confusion came from – the committee had not previously set specs for the bids.

  • Monday meeting may be most important one in Williston

    Property owners in the city of Williston should plan to attend next Monday’s meeting of the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE).

    The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 in the council room at city hall and will deal specifically with the rewrite of Chapter 48 of the city’s Code of Ordinances.

    The rewrite, primarily drafted by BACE member Bruce Schupp, has been reviewed by committee members and legal counsel, Fred Koberlein, over the last several months.

  • Williston Middle High dedicated Aug. 27

    By Sean Arnold

    The construction of Williston Middle High School got off to an inauspicious start, which included an early switch in building contractors and the discovery of an unexpected grave site upon the clearing of the property.

  • Balanced budget reached by pinching pennies

    The third time is the charm.

    At least that's how many workshops it took before the Williston City Council came up with a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

    Monday night the council met to discuss cuts to the budget that would prevent the city from drawing on its reserves – about $44,000 –  to fund this year's expenses.

  • Did your well flood during the storm?

      Recent heavy rains may have impacted your private well and made your water unsafe. If your well casing has been submerged by flood water, either use bottled water, or boil or disinfect all the water you use for drinking, making beverages, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing areas of the skin that have been cut or injured. 

  • Williston's power restored quickly

    As most of the county's residents worried about food going bad, lack of toilets and showers and whether power would be restored in days or a week, Williston's residents had little to be concerned about during Hurricane Hermine.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann said city works returned to work Thursday night after already doing their regular eight-hour shift and worked for the next 27 hours to ensure city residents had electricity.