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NEWS

  • It’s a three-day weekend that promises to be filled with all things patriotic and some fun and games on the side.

    Start your holiday weekend here in Williston with the “Freedom–Our Heritage and Our Future” parade at 5 p.m. The Honorable Judge Joseph Smith will be the grand marshal for the parade. At least 60 participants have committed to participating in the parade that runs its course east on Noble Avenue.

  • The Levy County Tourist Development Tax, paid by guests at hotels, motels, RV parks and other rental places with a six-month limit on occupancy, are dropping and the county Tourism Development Council has been forced to be choosy about where it spends the taxes.

    In its meeting Thursday, June 25 to review grant applications for the November 2009 to October 2010 cycle, the council’s first action was to drop applications from new events that had not complied with paperwork requirements or provided a budget.

  • Williston will become a patriotic extravaganza next week as the city and the surrounding area turns out to celebrate Independence Day a day early on Friday.

    Festivities kick off with the “Freedom–Our Heritage and Our Future”–parade at 5 p.m. The Honorable Judge Joseph Smith will be the grand marshal for the parade that starts lining up between 4-4:30 p.m. on SW 3rd Street (the road between the Methodist Church and the high school parking lot).

    Parade entry deadline is noon Wednesday, July 1 at city hall.

  • The Levy County Visitors Bureau met with area businesses in Cedar Key this week to discuss how the agency works to promote local tourism.

    “I would like to make this an annual event – maybe in May with Tourism Week,” said Carol McQueen, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau. “We collect a tax and I think people want to know what we do with it.”

  • Williston Police Chief Dan Davis told the city council Tuesday that about half a dozen warnings had been issued for running red lights in the city. The project, which is guided by Traffipax, has been a year and a half in the making. Davis said that he was satisfied with the flow of paperwork between Traffipax and the city.

  • It’s been a point of dissent for many years for business owners in the center of Williston, and it came to a head at Monday evening’s CRA meeting. Tempers flared and voices were raised.

    The most recent conflict concerns the Ivy House, which has had angled parking across the street for many years, on city property, though the area has never been officially striped to accommodate vehicles and some visitors park on, and destroy, the grass.

    Not coincidentally, some Ivy House customers park on the grass on the NW 1st Avenue side of the restaurant.

  • On Friday, July 3, Williston will celebrate Independence Day in hometown style. The annual parade will begin at 5 p.m. The parade theme is “Freedom–Our Heritage and Future.”

    Judge Joseph Smith will lead the parade as its grand marshal. The honor is given to Smith in appreciation for serving the community for so many years.

    Following the parade, the gates at the Williston Horseman’s Park will open at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee to this event.

  • Superintendent Robert Hastings announced Tuesday the arrival of two newcomers to the Levy County School District.

    “I don’t mind telling you that I actively recruited Bill and Gina Tovine,” Hastings said. The Tovines can help our students achieve great things, he said. “And that’s what it’s all about.”

    Dr. Gina Tovine will be the new assistant superintendent as of July 1. Bill Tovine will begin his duties as principal of Chiefland High School on June 25.

  • Juana Rae Buttler donates blood at Williston City Hall last Friday when the LifeSouth Bloodmobile came to town. Buttler has donated eight gallons of blood over the course of her life.

     

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  • Four teens who were not wearing seat belts were seriously injured on Friday evening when the truck they were riding in went out of control and overturned on County Road 339A just past State Road 500.

  • The planned retirements of three 8th Circuit judges by the end of this year means Levy County voters will not have the opportunity to choose their replacements.

    The timing of the retirements before their terms expire means Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for Sen. Mel Martinez’ seat in the 2010 elections, will appoint their replacements.

  • Telling the Williston Rotary Club Tuesday that she hoped to bring a new perspective to the county budget process, Commissioner Marsha Drew said she liked to think outside the box.

    Drew, appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in March to fill a vacancy on the county commission, said her life experiences will enhance her term–whatever the length of it.

    “I understand what it means to walk in their shoes,” she said detailing 30 years of self-employment history that includes everything from wedding planner to plumber when she was building her house.

  • Holy Family Fish Fry

    The Ladies Guild and Fellowship Ministry of Holy Family Catholic Church will hold a fish fry Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. The adult price is $7 and children’s plates are $4. Proceeds go toward community outreach.

    A door prize of a free meal to the next fish fry will be given away as well as an individual door prize.

    Wild Adventures Trip

    Destiny Church of God by Faith is planning a trip to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

  • Beneath darkened skies where lightning danced in the distance and the cadence of the thunder kept time with the drums, more than 100 people came Sunday to Orange Hill Cemetery to remember veterans and their families during the 59th Annual Memorial Day Service.

    Veterans, young and old, paid homage to the fallen and gave thanks for their sacrifice.

    Civilians of all ages were on hand to show gratitude to the living, and to honor the dead.

  • If you heard a soft groan coming from city halls, town halls, and county and school offices it was to be expected.

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker released his office’s 2009 estimate of taxable values for regional, county and municipal governments.

    Barker, who at one time thought the decline in property values for the county would be about 7 percent, sent out his estimate showing it is down over 10 percent.

  • Suspended Levy County Commissioners William “Sammy” Yearty and Robert “Tony” Parker will be tried separately from co-defendant Pamela Williams Blair and their federal corruption trial is delayed until Aug. 3.

    There’s been a flurry of motions filed in the past two months as Yearty, who is charged with conspiring and accepting bribes in the form of a gift card and a trip to New York City and then lying about it to the FBI, asked to have his and Parker’s trial severed from Blair’s trial on charges of lying to the FBI.

  • On June 6 and June 7 the adult choir at First United Methodist Church is again joining forces with Holy Family Catholic Church to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Several other area churches also have members in the group.

    The combined forces will present “I Can Only Imagine Heaven”, which is a work celebrating the joys of heaven. It also reminds us, once again, of the price Jesus paid to secure our heavenly home.

  • Morriston Baptist Church, through “Almost Heaven Mission” will collect supplies for flood victims pf Southeastern West Virginia through June 9. Items needed include water, non-perishable food and cleaning supplies. The church will deliver the supplies it collects in mid-June.

    You may drop off donations during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, call 528-4080.

  • A June 16 public hearing on a mining application by the Levy County Commission has been put on hold until all the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted.

    The commission decided to delay the hearing on the recommendation after Development Director Rob Corbitt asked to hold them back because all the landowners have not signed off on the special exception permit application.