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Today's News

  • Bronson Speedway gets green light

     By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Bronson Speedway in Florida gets a new lease on life Saturday when the track opens for the 2011 racing season after sitting dormant for more than a year.
    In action on opening night will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman cars, INEX Legend Cars, Pure Stocks and Hornets. These classes will run almost every week at the speedway and the five divisions will be the core of racing at Bronson.

  • Community Happenings

    Thursday, July 28

    TDC
    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.
    The meeting is open to the public.

    Friday, July 29

    Fish Fry
    CSI – Citizens Seeking Improvements – will hold a fish fry fund-raiser Friday, July 29 from 5- 7 p.m. at the Cornelius Williams Park on Highway 27A. All proceeds will be used for improvements at the park.

    Saturday, Aug. 6

  • Sentences handed down in Levy County courts

    The follow people were sentenced in Levy County courts during April.

    Lorenzo Sims, possession of cocaine, 120 days with credit for 120 days served and 30 months drug offender probation. Must pay civil judgment, jail fund and costs.

    Shon David Smith, two counts of burglary and two counts of larceny by theft between $300 and $5,000, 270 days with credit for 91 days served and 4 years probation on each, served concurrently; two counts of property damage, nolle pros. Must pay civil judgment, jail fund and $400 restitution.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports July 28

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    July 20, Terry Lee Arnold, 38, Inglis, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.

    July 28, Debbie Lynn Barfield, 57, Williston, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.

    July 22, Rebecca Ann Blackerby, 24, Bronson, DWLSR. Bond $500.

    July 23, Carl Thomas Butler, 38, Old Town, driving on permanently revoked driver’s license, out of county warrant. Bond $3,350.

    July 18, Julio Callazo, 31, Inglis, domestic battery by strangulation. Bond $50,000.

  • Seen from the air: Pot spotted; property owner arrested

    A Morriston man who has been arrested three times in the past for growing marijuana was nailed again last week.

    Mark O’Leary, 60,  of SE 25th St. was arrested July 20 after the Levy County Drug Task Force and Army National Guard conducted an aerial search looking for marijuana plants.

    The plants were spied by Capt. Danny Riffle, who  has been spotting marijuana plants since 1983 and has seized millions  of dollars worth of drugs.  Deputies on the ground responded to the area and confiscated 247 marijuana plants. 

  • Williston not out of Eco Sciences site selection

    Williston City Council members were dismayed last week to learn that Eco Sciences, the company that offered to pay the city for its waste water, was no longer interested in coming to a site at the airport.

    At the city council meeting, Councilor Brooks Holloway told council members that Gary Hammond, Eco Sciences CEO, had decided to move the project to a different city.

    “This costs the city $109,200 a year,” Holloway said, adding the reason was “because of the unprofessionalism of the council.”

  • Kick Start

    A community’s dream is unfolding and last week took a giant leap with some much- needed money.
    Plum Creek, the nation’s largest private landowner, awarded Williston with a check for $10,000 earmarked for a soccer field in Cornelius Williams Park in East Williston.
    Adam Hall, the city’s project manager, instigated the grant application, but gave credit to the city staff, council and the residents who worked together to ensure a dream becomes reality.
    “It was a team effort,” Hall said.

  • Miller sworn in as he, city have meeting of the minds

    Give Pat Miller a good hamburger, some soothing tunes on his stereo and a Robert B. Parker novel, and you make him a happy man.
    Miller, the city of Williston’s newest manager, was sworn in July 13 after he and council came to a happy consensus during his contract negotiations. He began work the next morning.
    With only four days on the job, Miller was running full speed Tuesday afternoon. He’d already met with several staff members, answered a dozen calls and sorted his priority lists into neat piles on his desk.

  • Time more valuable than Big Money

    By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    The man known as “Big Money” gave something much more valuable to youth in Williston: His time.
    Gerard Warren, a former Florida Gator and current New England Patriots defensive tackle, donated dozens of hours this summer teaching football fundamentals to about 50 kids at Cornelius Williams Park.

  • Council sets preliminary millage at 5.9025

    You can always go back, but you can’t go up. That was the dominating thought Tuesday night when Williston City Council tentatively set the 2011-2012 millage at 5.9025–the same as it is now.
    There is a caveat to the millage rate, however. Property values in Williston have decreased more than $9 million this year, and if the council opts to stay with 5.9025 mills, it will generate about $57,000 less for the upcoming year.
    The 4-1 vote, with Councilor Norm Fugate opposing, came after two other failed attempts to set a preliminary millage rate.