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  • Consultant hired to secure BP $

    Levy County is moving ahead with hiring a consultant to aid in planning and securing a share of the expected billions in fine money to be paid by BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011. 

    Bill Williams, a former Gulf County Commissioner, did a presentation in a Tuesday meeting on the RESTORE Act passed by Congress that details how money paid in civil fines by BP, Transocean, Halliburton and others is to be distributed and what the county can do to secure the funds. 

  • Carnegie Hall or Bust

    It’s a long way from Williston to Carnegie Hall, but high school junior Zachary Goodspeed will soon make the trek that thousands of other musicians only dream about.

    On Sunday, Feb. 10, Zack will join other high school musicians in a concert in the legendary hall during the American High School Honors Performance Series that showcases some of the most talented student performers in high school today.

  • Williston qualifying begins Monday

    At least one city councilor will not be seeking re-election when qualifying begins Monday, Jan. 14 in Williston.

    Norm Fugate, elected to the city in council in 2011, tendered a letter of resignation Tuesday stating that his scheduling conflict as the attorney for Cedar Key would allow him to only attend one Williston council meeting between now and the end of his term in April. 

    His resignation was accepted and became effective at the beginning of Tuesday night’s meeting.

  • Sheriff makes management changes

     Sheriff Bobby McCallum, who took office at midnight Dec. 31, has already started organizing his management team at the Levy County Sheriff's Office naming W.O. “Brett” Beauchamp III as undersheriff/legal advisor and elevating Maj. Mike Sheffield of corrections to the rank of colonel and naming him chief of staff.

  • New leadership in Levy County

    The new year is bring leadership changes to Levy County, as the result of retirements, career moves and the November elections.

  • Williston man on The Biggest Loser

     Joe Ostaszewski, a senior sales executive from Williston,  is scheduled to be a contestant on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” when it premieres Jan. 6.

  • Human remains found in Otter Creek identified
  • Legacy honored

     The Team Mighty Ike Holiday Shootout was held in memory of beloved Williston student-athlete Isaac Floyd, who died a year ago in a car accident. 

  • On the Job

    He’s a voracious reader, with 348 unread books on his Kindle; a consummate traveler; a man of deep faith–and as a side note, the original Amityville Horror.

    Or at least that’s what Scott Lippmann laughingly called himself last week as he detailed growing up in Amityville, N.Y.–a town infamous because of the mysterious phenomena that occurred there–but also his home for the first semester of his life.

  • Residents’ health improves; problems remain

    Christmas is over and normally folks turn their attention to those New Year’s resolutions — promises to ourselves to lose weight, eat healthier, consume less alcohol and stop smoking, dippin’ and chewin’.

    The promises we seem to break within days. 

    But some of Levy County’s residents are keeping those promises made to themselves.