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  • 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.

  • Street dedication honors legacy of Willie Burgman

    The Burgman family has a lot to be proud of.

    In 1910, its patriarch, Willie, left his sharecropper life in Waycross, Ga., to head toward the unknown in Florida.

    The eldest of four children born to Carrie and Pledge Burgman, Willie had no formal education, and at 22 could only make his mark–an “X”–for his signature.

    He only knew the hard work of the fields when he set out and yet he was determined to work hard and have a good life.

  • Williston ready for Amendment 2

    The city of Williston, at the urging of Police Chief Dennis Strow, took an initial step Tuesday night to get the city where it wants to be should Amendment 2 pass Nov. 4.

    Amendment 2, on the general election ballot, ask voters if medical marijuana should be legalized in the state of Florida.

    Tuesday night, the council heard the first reading of Ordinance 645, which dictates where medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment facilities can be located in the city limits.

  • Sisters earn titles at Miss Heart of USA pageant

    Three local sisters were recently award the titles at the 2014 Miss Heart of the USA North Florida State Pageant in Jacksonville,.

    Courtney Rodgers, 18, was crowned North Florida's Miss Heart of the USA. Rebecca Rodgers, 14, was crowned North Florida's Junior Miss Heart of the USA. Madison Rodgers was crowned North Florida's Community Service Queen.

  • That Championship Season

    The pride was just as intense Friday night as when the Williston High School state-winning baseball team motorcaded down Noble Avenue in May. The reason? The team was presented its championship rings at halftime of last week's game, which saw the gridiron Red Devils wreaking havoc over Wildwood.

  • New supervisor's dreams for Williston Airport soar

    Wayne Middleton likes aviation and for most of his life has worked in and around airports.

    In September, Middleton filled the big shoes of Joe Ball, who retired after 15 years as the supervisor of the Williston Airport.

    A native of South Florida, Middleton and his wife, Bridget–a professor at Santa Fe College–have lived in Williston for over 10 years. His new position at the airport is his first employment stint at home, and he’s already loving his five-minute commute.