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  • Pay raises dominate council meeting

    A resolution to bring the city of Williston's employees' salaries to a more competitive rate drew a myriad of emotions Tuesday that after an hour of discussion resulted in a split council vote.

    In a 2-3 vote with Councilmen Kori Lamb, Charles Goodman and Elihu Ross opposed to a blanket pay increase, the resolution died but not after almost everyone spoke his mind.

    City Clerk Fran Taylor and City Manager Scott Lippmann presented a salary comparison chart of 13 different municipalities.

  • Bronson mayor wants to expand MLK festivities

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Bronson mayor Bruce Greenlee has a goal to expand on the town’s march and festivities for the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with a focus on getting more students involved.

  • Mattair receives national honor

    Kelvin Mattair, of Williston has been named one of nine Fellows selected for The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) inaugural 2017 National Mentoring Summit Fellowship Program.

    As a Fellow, Mattair, Project Director of the JBU Mentoring Program at the Unity Family Community Center, Inc., has been awarded admission and a travel stipend to attend MENTOR’s annual National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • P&Z deems Ch. 48 'too subjective'

    Months and months of rewriting, reviewing and rewording came to a halt Tuesday night when the city of Williston's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee failed to validate the rewrite of Chapter 48 of the Code of Ordinances.

    The rewrite, done by the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), and predominately one of its members, Bruce Schupp, attempted to put stricter policies in place for the code enforcement officer to carry out.

  • Chapter 48 goes to P&Z

    Williston residents will have another opportunity Tuesday, Jan. 31 to speak on the city's revisions to the Code of Ordinances that regulates beautification.

    The Planning and Zoning Committee will receive the revised chapter and discuss it at 6 p.m. in the city council room.

  • Man indicted in home invasion death case

    The Levy County Spring Term Grand Jury returned a True Bill on Thursday, Jan. 19, indicting Johnny Tadree Turner, 22, on 13 individual criminal counts including first degree murder for the shooting death of Francisco De Jesus Soto during a May 1, 2016, home invasion in Morriston.

  • Two RV parks coming to Chiefland

    Chiefland is going to get about 900 spaces for RVs if two planned resorts come to fruition.

    The Chiefland City Commission, which approved plans for a 450-space RV resort last spring, gave its approval Monday to a second proposed RV resort headed by developer Hal Lyons. Sitting as the City Planning Board the commission took two actions — one changing the city’s land use plan and another to change the land use for the new resort site and rezone it from R-1, single family residences, to R-2 multi-family homes.

  • Levy wish list is a long one

    One thing was certain at last week’s Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing: The county and its municipalities have a lot of needs.

    For state Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala, R-District 22, and Sen. Rob Bradley of Green Cove, R-District 5, it may be a busy legislative session trying to pack in every earnest request for their help.

  • Police officers to get raises

    Saying he doesn't have a pool of qualified applicants to choose from for police officers, Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow appealed to the city council Tuesday night to grant raises for existing officers and increase starting pay for new hires.

    Strow said starting pay in Williston for officers is $30,000 annually and because trained officers can make more in other areas, he is out of the competitive field to attract applicants.

    The chief said he had surveyed 15 different areas and Williston came in 14th in the salary department.

  • Marijuana moratorium heads to public hearing

    A nine-month moratorium in Levy County on the opening of any medical marijuana dispensaries passed its first public hearing without comment on Tuesday and will have a second public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse.