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Today's News

  • Court rules exotic animal ordinance constitutional

    By MARK SCOHIER

    news2@chieflandcitizen.com

    A Levy County criminal court ruled in a Tuesday hearing that the county’s ordinance on keeping exotic animals does not violate Florida’s Constitution.

    The issue of the ordinance potentially being unconstitutional was brought before Circuit 8 Judge James T. Browning by Defense Attorney Moises Kaba III, who was representing Brian R. Davis, of Morriston, on a citation issued by county code enforcement with regard to class 1 exotic animals being kept on his property.

  • Appraiser concludes amendment explanations

    Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently sent the fourth of four parts of information concerning the proposed 2007 Property Tax Reform Legislation, which will become a constitutional amendment if 60 percent or more of the Florida voters approve it via the Jan. 29 ballot.

    The fourth part deals with what is called the "Non-Homestead Property 10 Percent Cap."

    The proposed constitutional amendment would make an exemption available to owners of real property who do not have a homestead exemption or an agriculture use assessment on the property, Akins said.

  • City workers vote for union

    City of Williston employees have voted by a wide margin to affiliate themselves with the AFSCME union.

    The vote was 27 for unionization, four against and 14 not voting.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, describes itself as "the nation's largest and fastest growing public service employees union."

  • New City Hall plan moves to next step

    The face of downtown Williston may soon change more dramatically than it has in recent months.

    Walgreens will open in the spring, of course, and the new Williston Business Plaza on South Main Street is already full. Work will soon begin on the block of Linear Park in front of City Hall - which may not be city hall for very long.

  • Wild observations

    It can be difficult finding things to write about in this column when I haven't made any trips to some different wildlife area. Winter can also pose a challenge even in Florida, because many plants have gone to seed and birds are not migrating through or nesting.

    One flock of birds is migrating now, made late by weather conditions. The whooping cranes, accompanied by their human escort, will be traveling through our area. By the time this column is published they may already be in Crystal River, their winter home. It seems they will have little time before heading north again.

  • From the kitchen

    The chilly January days make most of us want to cook or bake and eat foods we refer to as comfort foods; something that one might say makes you feel "warm and fuzzy" all over. These are dishes that will evoke a memory from childhood or of a special person or past event which helps to create that "warm and fuzzy" feeling.

  • Robinson, Downs to wed

    Donnette Robinson of Bronson announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter Kristin Lynn Robinson to Matthew Downs. The wedding is planned for March 22, 2008 in St. Augustine.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Raymond Robinson, Williston, and the granddaughter of Beulah Robinson. She is a 1996 graduate of Williston High School and is currently employed in the field of Property Management in Alexandria, Va., as a Community Director with UDR Inc.

  • Doherty, Muse plan wedding

    John and Mary Doherty announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Doherty, to Stephen Muse, son of Esther Caldwell and stepfather Wayne Caldwell, and Robert Muse and stepmother Karen Muse of Tennessee.

    She is a 1996 graduate of Williston High School and is employed by Kingston Dental.

    He is employed by Saddlebrook.

    No date has been set.

  • Community calendar

    Monday, January 28

    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.

    Williston Single Seniors Social Club (for people 55 plus), 6:30 p.m., Billy Jack's Restaurant, call Ron 528-2151 for more information.

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

    Tuesday, January 29

    Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    Rotary Club of Williston, Chamber Conference Room, Noon.

  • Upcoming events

    Chamber dinner is Friday night

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce will be having its annual installation of officers banquet at Williston Crossings RV Resort on Friday, Jan. 25.

    Admission is $25 per person, which includes dinner. Corporate sponsorship tables are available for $500.

    Drawing for the Super $5,000 winner will take place that evening.

    Call the Chamber at 528-5552 for further information or to reserve your space.

    ESE parent panel to sponsor workshop