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Today's News

  • Peanut Festival not out of the money yet

    The Williston Peanut Festival is not entirely out of the running for a Tourism Development Council advertising grant.

    Carol McQueen, executive director of the Levy County Visitor Center, told the Levy County Commission in its Tuesday meeting that although the Tourism Development Council denied an advertising grant to the Peanut Festival, she is working with the Wiliston Chamber of Commerce to work things out.

  • Ask a Lawyer

    G.A. of Williston asks: I lost my job and got behind on my payments. Now I’ve been sued over a credit card debt and I can’t pay it. What should I do?

    G.A., since almost 10 percent of the country is out of work at the present time, you are not alone. There are millions of people in the same predicament you are. Until you find a job and have a source of income, it’s likely that you can’t make any payments until you do. Here’s the best advice I can give you:

  • Williston millage rate expected to be unchanged

    There was good news for citizens of the city of Williston at city council’s first budget hearing, held on Thursday, July 9.

    The millage rate will remain at its current level of 5.9025.

    That means that homeowners will pay less than $6 per thousand dollars of the appraised value of their homes. A resident’s taxes will change only if the value of the property has changed. That is the city’s rate; county rates also apply.

  • Levy County's jobless rate 11.4 % in June

    Levy County’s unemployment rate broke a new barrier in June rising to 11.4 percent as the state rate rose to 10.6 percent.

                      The report released by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation means another 211 persons filed unemployment claims in June.

  • UMC Vacation Bible School continues Monday

    The Williston First United Methodist Church is having SonRock Vacation Bible School through Wednesday, July 22 at the church, located at 213 W. Noble Ave. beginning at 5 p.m. when supper is served.

    Children pre-school through graduates of fifth grade are invited to attend.

  • Business recruiter asks for new locale

    Levy County’s business recruiter Amanda Douglas has asked the commission for a better place to meet representatives of businesses interested in moving to Levy County and her boards of directors are backing the move.

    Douglas, who has an office in the county Road Department’s maintenance yard, asked the County Commission in its regular meeting Tuesday to consider for space in the Baker Building in Bronson. Douglas is executive director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency.

  • Body recovered from the Suwannee

    Deputies have recovered the body of a man from the Suwannee River who went missing while vacationing on the Suwannee River with his family.

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office had been searching for him since Tuesday evening when the man’s fiancée reported returning to their rented houseboat from a swim in the springs at Fanning Springs State Park.

    She told deputies the man had been chilled by the spring’s 72-degree water and had returned alone to the boat.

  • Our View: An Editorial

    There wasn’t an unsympathetic person in the room when Frances LaSalle told members of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce she needed over $1,400 to buy software to keep students safe at Joyce Bullock Elementary.

    In fact, most everyone was willing to whip out their checkbooks and make a donation on the spot.

    That’s when Dr. Bill Bennett said he had an idea.

    This week, that idea manifested itself in the form of Jeff Ference, a Newberry businessman with strong Levy County ties who wanted to give back to the community that’s been so good to him.

  • Watch your wallet, home, children

    So just as the police and sheriffs are telling me there is a surge in economic crimes in the county, our office gets hit with a credit card scam.

    Advertisers are calling and coming into the office after being contacted by someone - with a blocked phone number - saying they are from the "Chiefland Bulletin" and they need credit card information to update their records.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    An open letter to the county commissioners

    Dear Sirs and Madams:

    My name is Donald Gene Gilreath Jr. and I live on the southwest corner of the proposed, let’s call it what it will be, rock pit. I currently own my place and cannot afford to move away to escape this possible impending disruption to all the residents of Montbrook, and perhaps the residents of Williston as well, once the blasting starts.