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  • Firewise your home

    By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Landscaping plays a major role in whether your home is destroyed in a wildfire. About 50 firemen and homeowners, mostly from Levy County, attended a Tuesday meeting in Chiefland about how to have a "firewise" home.
    The meeting, hosted by the Friends of the Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland and coordinated by the Florida Department of Forestry, also explained the benefits of prescribed burns, what’s legal and not legal to burn and how to understand proper and safe ways to burn.

  • You can scallop longer this season

    Floridians received a gift last week when it was announced that the bay scallop start date has been pushed up from July 1 to June 24 and extended for two weeks from Sept. 30 to Oct. 14,.
    Midday April 19, Sen. Charlie Dean emerged from a meeting with the Florida Cabinet in the Panhandle and announced that they approved his request to open scallop season one week early and extend the season for two weeks.

  • $26.4 million sex abuse award to be decided

    Two children who accused their uncle of sexually abusing them have taken a long and winding road to obtain justice and they are still unrequited.
    This is not a case that will put someone in prison.
    The man accused of abusing his niece and nephew committed suicide the day Levy County Sheriff’s deputies came to arrest him on charges of sexual activity with a child under the age of 12.

  • 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.