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Today's News

  • Dunn favors education back at local level

    By David Davis

    ddavis@chieflandcitizen.com

    A crowd of mostly educators applauded on three occasions when congressman Dr. Neal Dunn mentioned Congress’s commitment to doing away with Common Core, returning control of education to the local level and simplifying the tax code.

  • Nitrates contaminating springs' basin

    Five times more nitrates than should be present are destroying the Rainbow Springs Basin and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking steps to correct it.

    Tuesday night, the EPD's Mary Paulic told the Williston City Council that the nitrate concentration is too high and algal mats now cover vegetation and the river bottom. Those mats block sunlight and could be detrimental to marine life.

    Agriculture accounts for the largest percentage of nitrogen in the water, she said, but septic tanks also contribute.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Feb. 9, Kenneth A. Ash, 48, Bronson, DWLS – habitual. Bond $2,000.

    • Feb. 8, Rexford Lee Batten, 32, Inglis, VOP.

    • Feb. 10, Maria Del Rosario Becerra-Morales, 40, Dayton, Texas, no DL. Bond $500.

    • Feb. 10, Andrew Jacob Blanton, 30, Chiefland, threats. Bond $75,000.

    • Feb. 10, David Cabral, 24, Bronson, two counts touch or strike. Bond $50,000.

  • Happenings

     

    February

    Cowboy Bob At The Library

    As part of the Black Stallion Literacy Program Cowboy Bob and his Gyspy pony, Max will be visiting the Levy County Public Library System. Cowboy Bob will read stories around the campfire. Then each child at the program will get to visit with his real Gyspy pony, Max. The events are free to youth of all ages and their families.

    Cowboy Bob will be at the Williston Public Library 6 p.m. Feb. 22.

     

    CEE Meeting

  • Klines celebrate Golden Anniversary

    Darrell L. Kline and Mary P. Kline will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Monday, Feb. 20. The couple was married in Freehold, N.J.

    The Klines moved to Morriston in 1992.  They have four children: Lisa Jazikoff, Michael, Chris and Kevin Kline; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    Mr. Kline retired from Ford Motor Company and Mrs. Kline retired from the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Black History Month Celebrated

    For two hours last Friday, the lives of 11 black Levy Countians who worked to make a difference in their communities were honored during the annual Black History Celebration at the Levy County Courthouse.

    Hosted by Chiefland’s Carolyn Cohens, the celebration in its 16th year, brought friends and families together to pay tribute to senior adults who forged pathways for new generations.

    Photos of the 11 were on display among Cohens’ original artwork that depicted scenes of black lives past and present.

  • Block 12 could drain CRA's account

    It started with $163,000 and Monday night over $511,000 was added to it. If all comes to pass, it could cost the city of Williston more than $674,000.

    "It" is Block 12, the area between Main and NE 1st Streets and for the last three years, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has relentlessly pursued its purchase and reformation.

    Seeking ways to further economic development while creating useful parking space, the CRA purchased the property from the owners. All but two owners, John Patrick and Michael Pesso, were on board.

  • Happenings

     

    February

    WWII Vets

    World War II Vets will meet Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston. This is open to all WW II vets, their spouses or caregivers.

    For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

    Hunter Safety Course

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in February.

    Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

  • Council reviews city hall proposals

    Members of Williston City Council are now reviewing four proposals for the design and construction of a new city hall. The council hopes to evaluate and score the applicants in time to make a decision at the next council meeting, Feb. 21.

    Those vying for the opportunity to modernize city hall include BBI Construction, TWC, Parrish-McCall Constructors and Oelrich Construction.

    Council had planned to discuss the proposals Tuesday night, but City Attorney Fred Koberlein reminded them that the RFP said each contender would be scored.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Jan. 30, Nelson Miguel Berrios, 24, Williston, DWLS. Bond $1,000.

    • Feb. 2, Johnny Michael Butler, 39, Cross City, two out of county warrants.

    • Feb. 2, Shawn Aaron Caruthers, 43, Chiefland, possession with intent to sell, manufacture, deliver Schedule III drugs, within 1,000 feet of specified area with Schedule I or II drugs. Bond $100,000.

    • Jan. 30, Kjuantavis Jamal Coffee, 22, Chiefland possession of marijuana over 20 grams. ROR.