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Today's News

  • County approves equestrian events with some conditions

    Three equestrian events at two different places and happening over a three-month span received approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 8, but the approval includes conditions.

    The 90-acre Black Prong Equestrian Center is the sole location for two events, and it was specifically noted that no action related to these special events is to occur at "the annex" for the center.

    The first event is called Nature Coast Driving Event Trials. It is set to be on Jan. 19 and 20.

  • Tangible tax savings could occur

    Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently released the second of four sets of information regarding the Jan. 29 ballot question related to modifying Homestead Exemption.

    The first part was in regard to the increased exemption. This release is about tangible personal property taxes.

    The property tax reform package provides for an exemption of $25,000 of the assessed value of tangible personal property (TPP), Akins said.

    The TPP exemption applies to all levies imposed by taxing authorities, including school districts, Akins said.

  • City discusses traffic

    The first City Council meeting of 2008 was largely a nuts and bolts session, concentrating on administrative matters. The only intense discussion was engendered by discussions of traffic control in the city.

  • Norris won't seek re-election to school post

    While there is a focus on the Jan. 29 Presidential Primary and the vote for tax relief in Florida, records from Bronson and Tallahassee show 11 candidates have opened financial accounts to run for various posts open this year in Levy County and the Eighth Judicial Circuit as of Jan. 3.

    Accounts for candidates seeking election as Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney, two Eighth Judicial Circuit Court judge seats open this year, Levy County Superintendent of Schools, three Levy County Commission seats, Levy County Property Appraiser and Levy County Sheriff.

  • Baldwin, Breeden to wed

    Mr. and Mrs. John Dan Baldwin III of Gainesville announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Danielle Baldwin, to James Everett Breeden III, son of Mr and Mrs. James Everett Breeden, Jr. of Williston.

  • Coleman 'credentialed'

    Jim Coleman, city manager of Williston, recently received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization.

    Coleman is one of only 1,009 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. This is the Williston city manager's fifth annual and consecutive credential award by ICMA.

  • Wild observations

    In my younger life, I never expected to end up in Florida. Now during the winter holidays I've come to appreciate Florida's appeal. On Christmas I walked in the next door woods, enjoying the soft light on olive green live oak leaves, russets of turkey oaks, golden tans of rushes and brown to gray bark of tree trunks. Bluejays called in tree tops; chickadees chittered in lower branches.

  • Community calendar

    Monday, January 14, 2008

    AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    WHS Athletic Boosters, 7 p.m., WHS Media Center;

    Williston area AARP Chapter #912, 9:30 a.m., Ornan (Masonic) Lodge, 250 N.E. Sixth. Blvd. Visitors are welcome. For information call 528-3323.

    CRA, 5:15 p.m., City Hall.

    WHS SAC will meet in the media center at 6 p.m.

  • Upcoming events

    Cancer awareness presentation Saturday

    The public is invited to come and listen to facts given about colon and prostate cancer. This information will be given by Dr. Mary Hill from Alachua County.

    The presentation will be at the Oasis Center, 115 S.E. 10th St., on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9-10 a.m. For information call 528-1249, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Avis Seabrook is the sponsor.

  • From the kitchen

    Whether you are at home all day, as Jim and I now are, or are still a part of the working force, nothing is more satisfying or comforting than to sit down to a simple supper of a bowl of steaming hot soup (this includes chili) with muffins, cornbread or homemade bread.

    It seems that since Jim retired last June we have been on a campaign to do all the things that we never had time or energy to get to before then. First it was to get the 5th wheel ready and up to Indiana, where we spent September and October. Once home it was time to begin holiday preparations.