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Today's News

  • Williston overpays into pension funds

    If times get hard in Williston, city workers will be glad to know their future pensions won't suffer.

    Over many years, the city has contributed more than it needed to into its employees' pension funds – to the tune of $380,000.

    The overpayment is by no means the fault of the city's management, said Paul Shamoun of the Florida League of Cities, when he addressed the council last week.

  • County offices to be filled Aug. 30

    It's a funny thing, but usually candidates for local office square off in a party primary and then face their opponents in the other party in the general election. 

    Not so this year in Levy County where the Republican Party is dominating local elections and the Democratic Party candidates are nonexistent.

  • Property values not rising quickly enough

    Usually when Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says property values – and hence property taxes – are rising folks are not happy. 

    But public officials are facing a different dilemma. While property values are going up in most of Levy County, they are not rising as fast as the cost of goods and services the county must provide. And there are an increasing number of exemptions that take property off the tax rolls or minimize the taxes they must pay. 

  • Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.

  • Laughter is the secret

    M assaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt’s gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.

  • Bullseye

    By Sean Arnold

    The Olympic athlete’s quest is a grueling trek, requiring relentless self-discipline, with few short-term rewards.

    For Bronson resident and silver medalist Jake Kaminski, the path was even more difficult as he prepared for next month’s 2016 Rio Olympics, where he will represent the U.S. in archery for the second straight summer games.

  • Williston in good financial shape

    The city's financial officer gave his report on the first half of the year, ending in April, and things are looking rosy.

    Financial Officer Steve Bloom presented the report to the City Council at its Tuesday, July 5, meeting noting that by the end of April the city was 58.3 percent of the way through the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, 2015. 

    Some of Bloom's highlights:

  • Grades slip for schools

    By Sean Arnold

    Amid a statewide decline in school grades under new testing measures, the Levy County school district fell from a “B” to a “C” in this year’s preliminary district grades, released Friday by the Florida Department of Education. 

    The district missed a “B” by two percentage points.

  • County assessments will stay same

    Levy County property owners can expect that the non-ad valorem assessments for ambulance, fire, the landfill and road services will remain the same in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    That's because the Levy County Commission, on Tuesday, tentatively gave unanimously approv- al to keeping the assessments at the same level as last year. The final vote will be done following a public hearing scheduled for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse in Bronson.

  • Most Levy officials re-elected

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    When qualifying for public office closed on Friday, June 24 at noon, most Levy County constitutional offers, one state senator and three candidates for school board heaved a sigh of relief as they drew no opposition.