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  • Tarmac hearing Tuesday

    When the Levy County Commission meets to consider Tarmac’s application for a special exception for the King Road Mine speakers should be prepared to get to the point quickly.
    That’s because Commission Chairman Danny Stevens (R-District 5) of Williston has set time limits for speaking during the quasi-judicial hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom A at the County Courthouse in Bronson.

  • Widening starts on US 41

     Work began April 25 on a project to widen US 41 in eastern Levy County to allow for new left turn lanes.

     Crews will widen US 41 in front of the Morriston Post Office to allow for left turn lanes onto County Road (CR) 323 and CR 326.

                Lane closures are planned Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to dusk.  The posted speed limit of 60 mph will remain during construction, but motorists should use caution when crews are working.

  • WWII vets will meet Thursday in Williston
  • Crab Fest is Saturday

    On April 30,  the annual Crab Fest will begin in the Williston area.  The event usually begins mid afternoon and last during the late evening hours.  There will be an increase in vehicle & pedestrian traffic in the area of County Road 318 in East Williston.
     

  • Council president calls for civility

    A decision by Williston Council President Marc Nussel to move the city council’s meeting in a more polite, civil manner was temporarily aborted Tuesday night as tempers once again flared and the interim city manager and finance director stormed out of the meeting.

     Marisela Barcenas, appointed last week to step in for exiting manager Marcus Collins as interim city manager, picked up her belongings and left the meeting, telling the packed chambers because of the behavior the people exhibit, she did not want to be from Williston.

  • Tempers flare at council meeting

    The Williston City Council gave in to former City Manager Marcus Collins’ demand that he be allowed to collect more than $27,000 in severance pay without signing away his right to sue the city.

    The decision — 3-1 with Councilor Norm Fugate abstaining and Jerry Robinson voting no — came in a special meeting Friday morning at city hall that was marked by hostility and loud outbursts between council members and the public, and council members and interim City Manager Marisela Barcenas.

  • Williston council strikes deal with former manager

    The Williston City Council gave in to former City Manager Marcus Collins’ demand that he be allowed to collect more than $27,000 in severance pay without signing away his right to sue the city.

    The decision — 3-1 with Councilor Norm Fugate abstaining — came in a special meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at City Hall that was marked by bitter outbursts between council members and the public, and council members and interim City Manager Marisela Barcenas.

  • Council opts to sever Collins with $27K+

    Williston City Council took more than 90 minutes Tuesday discussing how much, if any, severance pay was due to the former city manager.
    The end result–more than $27,000-but it was a difficult journey getting to the figure.
    Marcus Collins, city manager since January 2009 resigned March 23 and at last week’s meeting council voted to give him a severance package, that included vacation and sick time.

  • BOCC passes on buying old school property

    The Levy County Commission has decided that the search for new courthouse space will not include the old Bronson High School property at its back door.
    It’s a blow to Clerk of Court Danny Shipp’s plan to purchase and renovate the property. He told the commissioners on Tuesday that members of the county’s courthouse space committee met with representatives of the School Board to negotiate for the purchase of the 20 acres and the buildings — the old school which houses Hilltop School, the gymnasium and portable buildings.

  • LARC funding cut by Gov. Scott

    Thelma McCain knows how important it is to feel needed, to have a purpose, something to do. Her developmentally disabled son, Harold, 48, has been finding things to do through the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens for 26 years.
    McCain, a Cedar Key resident who volunteers at LARC, said, “At the end of the day, they see something they have accomplished.
    “These people don’t have anywhere else to go. When they are at LARC, they get to do things. They need a life, other than just sitting, watching TV or something.”