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  • Honoring our nation's veterans

    Veterans Day is Nov. 11 – the 11th hour of the 11th month and while it is a federal holiday Friday, saluting our nation's veterans begins tonight (Thursday) in Bronson. Events will follow over the weekend, with the highlight being the countywide parade, held this year on Bronson on the official Veterans Day.

    Turn out this week and show your support for the men and women who have fought or who are still fighting for our freedom.

    Here's what you have to look forward to:

  • Limerock mine shot down again

    A proposed limerock mine in Montbrook was denied a recommendation to receive a special exception permit by the Levy County Planning Commission, almost seven years after the first proposal faced a similar fate.

  • Schwiebert tells about life in her backyard

    “We have the rural life…others don’t,” said Heidi Schwiebert, and what we also have here is “a little slice of Heaven.” These words describe the three jewels on the north side of Alternate US 27…Devil’s Den, Cedar Lakes Woods and Gardens and Two Hawk Hammock. These three local attractions were featured at a program presented by Schwiebert at the Williston Public Library on Oct. 24 hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library (FOWL).

  • Voter turnout going strong

    About 21 million voters have cast their ballots in the 2016 presidential election and Levy County is also showing its enthusiasm for the election.

    Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones, who is overseeing her first general election since taking office in  2013 after working in the elections office, said, “I think we're having a really good turnout. Things are going great.” 

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  • Kori Lamb appointed to Williston council

    Citing new blood and a passion for the area's youth, Williston City Council appointed Kori Lamb to its ranks Monday night over Debra Jones, community leader and a former council member.

    Before a vote was taken, council members Danny Etheridge, Nancy Wininger and Charles Goodman pledged their support for Lamb, a Williston High School graduate, businessman and family man.

  • You can dig this: Museum needs volunteers for excavation project

     By Elizabeth Brown

     Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists are recruiting volunteers to help excavate a recently discovered site in eastern Levy County that has produced thousands of fossils, including more than 55 vertebrate species.

    Researchers are enthusiastic about the 5- to 5.5 million-year-old fossils being recovered and say it is the first site of this particular age found in North Central Florida.

  • Chapter 48 gets a revisit

    After hearing from dozens of Williston residents Sept. 19, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) knew it had to take yet another look at Chapter 48 of the municipal code that governs property maintenance.

    Monday night, its members spent two hours eliminating the chaff and trying to be less "nit-picky" about what code enforcement will investigate.

  • City finances good; chickens OK'd

    As Fiscal Year 2016 draws to a close, Williston Finance Director Stephen Bloom told Williston City Council last week that everything is looking good with only September numbers still out.

    Bloom presented a financial report for June through August and said there is more revenue than expenses – always a good thing. Bloom also said that property tax collections stand at 98 percent, and the only department over budget is the fire department.

  • Debra Jones, Kori Lamb apply for council vacancy

    When the Williston City Council meets for its first session in December, a new face will dot the landscape of city decision makers.

    Matt Brooks, who won his bid for a seat on the county commission Aug. 30, will leave his council post Nov. 21, pursuant to the city's Resign to Run law.

    Because less than six months will remain on his term, his fellow councilors will appoint a successor to serve until the March 2016 election.