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  • Multi-month work on sinking fire/police department begins

    Right now, things are a little topsy-turvy at the building that houses the Williston Fire Rescue and Police Departments, but in a couple months, everything should be back on the straight and narrow–literally.

    Ram Jack, a company specializing in foundation repair, was hired by the city's insurer to secure the building's base after it was learned earlier this year that it is built over a sinkhole.

    Doors that are locked but still open, cracked ceilings, and awnings that are askew were the first signs something was off kilter.

  • A Land Remembered returns

    For anyone living in Florida, “A Land Remembered,” by Patrick Smith is a must read. The struggles and triumphs of three generations of the MacIvey clan who settle in North Central Florida on the eve of the Civil War will make you laugh and cry.

    The story traces the struggles and triumphs of Tobias and Emma as they eke out a hardscrabble existence back in a time and place long gone.

    Although Patrick Smith, the father, died Jan. 26, you will have an opportunity to get to know the author through his son, Patrick Smith Jr.

  • It's Seafood Festival time in Cedar Key

    Hungry for seafood? Arts and crafts? Live music on the Gulf?

    Cedar Key is the place to be this weekend, Oct. 18-19.

    The 45th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival offers all that and more. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club and the Cedar Key Lioness, the festival offers fine food, entertainment, shopping and family fun. The event is supported by sponsorship from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture’s Fresh From Florida Seafood promotion program.

  • Homecoming Royalty
  • County budget has vet, pay raises

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user.

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.

  • County budget has vet, pay raises

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user.

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.

  • Good News!

    Hard work has paid off.

    Williston Fire Rescue and the city of Williston announced Tuesday the new ISO (Insurance Services Organization) fire rating for the city of Williston and its county protection fire zone.

    The new rating is 4 for the city and 4Y outside the city. The previous rating was 6 city and 8B outside Williston.

    Williston Fire Rescue was contacted by the ISO evaluation team in September 2013 and advised that they would be conducting a five year assessment in early January 2014.

  • Good News!

    Hard work has paid off.

    Williston Fire Rescue and the city of Williston announced Tuesday the new ISO (Insurance Services Organization) fire rating for the city of Williston and its county protection fire zone.

    The new rating is 4 for the city and 4Y outside the city. The previous rating was 6 city and 8B outside Williston.

    Williston Fire Rescue was contacted by the ISO evaluation team in September 2013 and advised that they would be conducting a five year assessment in early January 2014.

  • Animal services gains new powers

    Animal owners who neglect, mistreat or cannot provide adequate care for their animals could find themselves in Levy County Court where the judge could order Levy County Animal Services to remove the animals from their custody.

    In two unanimous votes the Levy County Commission approved:

    • a change to the job duties of animal services workers to include investigation of violations of the state’s animal cruelty law and

  • Woman's Club buffet is Sunday

    The GFWC Williston Woman’s Club and the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club will hold their annual Country Style Buffet Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the clubhouse located at 1049 NE 6th Blvd. in Williston (on Hwy 121 going toward Gainesville and just before crossing the railroad tracks).

    Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or until it is all gone.