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  • TDC awards Peanut Festival funds

    By ADA LANG
    news@cedarkeybeacon.com

    Six local groups asked the Levy County Tourism Development Council (TDC) for $15,000 in advertising dollars and were granted $12,500 Thursday night - pending one more step in the 2011-2012 application process.

  • County budget shrinking

    Levy County is only expecting to receive $21,092,968 in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, and on Monday heard spending requests totaling $20,811,999.
    The lion’s share of the budget – $10,804,058 – was requested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
    The requests were part of a budget workshop held by the Levy County Commission on Monday.
    Although County Property Appraiser Oz Barker did not attend the meeting – and his budget request is down 14 percent from last year – property taxes were on everyone’s minds.

  • Williston’s the place to be Saturday

    The weekend promises to be filled with all things patriotic and some fun and games on the side.
    Start your holiday weekend here in Williston Saturday, July 2 with the  “Proud to be An American” parade at 5 p.m.
    Dr. Kenneth Wise will be the grand marshal for the parade.
    Numerous participants have committed to participating in the parade that runs its course east on Noble Avenue.

  • Bus driver termination hits third step in process

    By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Personnel issues involving two bus drivers and a custodian consumed Tuesday's three-plus hour School Board of Levy County meeting. The board also called a Aug. 2 public hearing to discuss policy changes, including the adoption of the "baggy pants law," recently approved by Florida legislators.

  • City contracts to sort out financial mess

    Wasting no time to get a handle on the city’s financial situation, Interim City Manager Oel Wingo asked the council Tuesday to allow her to enter into a contract for services with an accounting firm who can straighten out the city’s books in prepararation for the state-mandated audit.
    Severn Trent Management Services, with offices across the state, including Coral Springs, Orlando and St. Augustine, was the lowest of four proposals submitted to the city for financial services.

  • City Manager List Narrowed to Three

    And then there were three.
    Williston City Council agreed this afternoon to pare its list for city manager even more, and decided on three potential permanent replacements for Marcus Collins, who resigned in March.
    Oel Wingo, Patrick Miller and John McCue made the final cut Thursday after interviews with the council and mayor.
    The three came from an original list of 34 that was trimmed to seven.
    All seven were interviewed last Thursday and today.

  • Williston finance director resigns

    Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.

  • Teen loses bid to be on home detention

     Chris Sutherlin Jr., charged with 2nd degree felony manslaughter in the death of Rocky Sparks of Crystal River, lost his bid to be put on home detention Friday in a courtroom packed with Sparks’ family and friends.
    Levy County Judge James T. Browning denied the request made by the 15-year-old New Port Richey boy’s attorney, Allan H. Kaye of Gainesville.  

  • Williston revving up for Independence Day

    The city of Williston will celebrate Independence Day in hometown style Saturday, July 2.
    The annual parade will begin at 5 p.m.  The parade theme is “Proud to be an American”.  This year Dr. Kenneth Wise will lead the parade as its Grand Parade Marshal.

  • Finance director resigns

    Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.