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Today's News

  • ISO rating lowered

    Home and business owners in the city of Williston can look for some savings on their fire/homeowners' insurance premiums thanks to the efforts of the Williston Fire Department.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann announced Tuesday night that the city's ISO rating, the means by which fire protection is graded, was lowered from six to five. Lippmann added the new evaluation was 4.5 points from being a four, and can be appealed.

    What that means is savings to the consumer because the better the fire protection, the less premiums are.

  • Gene Hodges dead at 77

    Cedar Key’s former Mayor Eugene “Gene” Hodges was born into a politically connected family, an heir to knowing how to get things done for the island community and district that he represented in the Florida House from 1972 to 1988. His father, Randolph, was a state senator from 1952-62, a Senate President and later a lobbyist.

    The son, a lifelong Democrat, made his mark in politics by being smart and likable. He used his quick wit that way a carpenter uses a wood plane–smoothing and finely shaping the final debate.

  • JROTC lacks funding for competitions

     

     

  • Know beach conditions before heading out for summer fun

     

    Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials remind beachgoers to check the surf conditions at public beaches.  Understanding the beach warning flags will help to keep you and your family safe as you enjoy the waters.  When red flags are flying, swimming in Florida’s coastal waters can be dangerous.

  • Donated ambulance helping save Nigerian lives

     An ambulance that was retired from Levy County due to attrition and high mileage is finding a new life in Nigeria.

    Earlier this year, the Levy County Department of Public Safety, with approval from the Board of County Commissioners donated a decommissioned ambulance after a request from Missionary Alex Abiola.

  • WPD applies for hiring grant

    Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow says he's been fortunate that his city schools are relatively violence free, and he wants to keep it that way.

    "There's not been a problem," Strow told city council members last week, "but I'd like to be prepared."

    In an effort to do so, Strow asked council for–and received permission–to apply for a grant, that if approved, would fund a School Resource Officer (SRO).

  • Republican primaries closed

    By Lou Elliott Jones and Mark Scohier

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    Republicans, who now hold sway in voter registration in Levy County, will have a huge voice in both County Commission seats up for grabs in the Aug. 26 primary.

    And in the county school board elections – which are nonpartisan races – all three incumbents were re-elected without opposition when candidate filing closed at noon Friday.

  • Dennis Russell named Bronson fire chief

    It's not clear whether the free “Bronson Fire Rescue” hats clinched the deal but shortly after being presented with the head gear the Bronson Town Council voted unanimously to elevate Dennis Russell from interim fire chief to fire chief, making his title permanent.

    Russell, who took over the interim post in March, has essentially managed the department since the departure of former Fire Chief Jeff DeMaggio.

  • Feisty Acres, Williston's no-kill cat rescue, looks to revamp, rebuild

     

    By Carolyn 

    Ten Broeck

    Editor

    Edna Nute never had children of her own, but the former teacher nurtured the students who passed through her classroom.

  • Boys of Summer

     

    BY KEITH CHARTRAND

    Contributing Writer

    In all the years that Max White played baseball there was always one constant: when the game was over he went back to his parents’ Williston home on NE Route 121.