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NEWS

  • After the presentation of January’s Students of the month awards and the ceremonial swearing in of Marcus Collins as the new City Manager, the Williston City Council got down to two controversial items of business.

    Not for the first time, the council debated at length a policy for establishing a non-tenant business permit for those who wish to do business at the airport, but do not lease facilities there. And, not for the first time, the discussion resulted in the policy being sent back to the Airport Committee for reworking.

  • As the nation underwent a year of major change with the election of a new president, Levy County and Williston also experienced some changes during 2008.

    Downtown took on a new look as the first block of Northwest Main Street disappeared and became a part of Williston Heritage Park, the new name for what was known as Linear Park. Included was a new parking lot for the City Hall area and an entrance to Walgreens.

  • The combination of recent hard freezes in North Central Florida along with an average drought index of 619 has created higher than normal risks for wildfires.

    The index is based on a scale from 0 to 800 with readings in the winter months over 540 considered severe. And hard freezes kill and dry-out grasses and other light vegetation that helps spread fire. Wildland fire officials are urging citizens to use caution.

  • JANUARY

    3 - A 19-year-old, Ethan Monette, was killed New Year’s Eve in a single-car accident.

    An upcoming homestead exemption amendment is explained.

    10 - School Superintendent Cliff Norris says he will not run for another term.

    The city will once again debate the issue of charging for police response.

    17 - The city’s CRA is concentrating on façade improvements.

    The League of Cities opposes a budget-cutting amendment.

    24 - City of Williston employees have voted to unionize.

  • An accident at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday on North Main Street, north of the triangle, tied up traffic as the Williston Fire Department and local police cleared up the scene. The accident involved multiple vehicles, including a motor home.

  • Freddie Byron Hale, 80, of Williston, died Dec. 22, 2008, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville following a short illness.

    He came to the Morriston area from Gainesville in 1943. He was the owner and operator of the Ivy House Restaurant in Williston and Alachua, a member of the Florida Cattleman’s Assocation, S.E. Wood Producers Association, Florida Forestry Association and the Good Ole Boys Club in Williston. He was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the Williston Church of God.

  • Lisa Beschard is a single mother who is unemployed, due to the economy. She tries her best to make sure her son lives a full life.

    It was decided that Lisa and son Steven would receive the Christmas tree (that was by Santa) at the end of Light Up Williston.

  • In the effort to reduce the operating budget by more than $1 million by the end of the current school year, Superintendent Bob Hastings is asking for the School Board’s and the union’s approval to take an unusual approach.

    Rather than eliminating approximately 50 jobs district-wide, as previously proposed, Hastings has found a more creative means.

    “We’re going to ask all employees to take three days off without pay,” Hastings told the Board.

  • BRONSON - Three suspects have been arrested after the robbery of the Capital City Bank in Bronson last Friday.

    John Bernard Patterson, 43, of Pine Street in Bronson, and his daughter, Shakima Samara Patterson, 23, of Gainesville, along with his niece, Shameeka Lafaye Gorden, 26, also of Gainesville, have all been charged with bank robbery.

  • The mud boggers are at it again in northern Levy County and one resident has asked the Board of County Commissioners for help because the traffic is tearing up a private road used by residents.

    Charles Wilkerson asked commissioners in their regular Tuesday morning meeting that “four-wheelers and mud boggers are coming down the road” and tearing up Northeast 125th Street, a private road.

  • In the wake of mid-year projected budget cuts of $1.9 million, the School Board of Levy County needs to lay off 50 employees, according to Director of Finance Robert Clemons.

    "We should have reduced our staff levels by at least 25 at the beginning of this school year," Clemons wrote in a letter to the Board dated Nov. 26. "Now that half of the year is gone we need to reduce our staff levels by 50 to achieve the same results."

  • Williston High School will be getting a new principal.

    Mike DeLucas confirmed Wednesday that he has resigned, effective the end of the year.

    DeLucas will become instructional leader for the Florida Virtual School, which means he is the virtual principal of 110,000 students in the state.

    The Florida Virtual School enables students to take courses online for various reasons. One common reason is that their school does not offer the course they wish to take.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for a few good people to work in the 2010 Census and at least one Chiefland official is hoping the count gets done accurately.

    Project and Finance Director Laurie Copeland says Chiefland's population in the 2000 Census fell two people short of qualifying for more federal grant money.

    "We're two recorded people between the 650,000 category and 700,000 category" for Community Development Block Grant, she said.

    "The federal government is using the 2000 data. . . and there is no way to change it."

  • The Levy County Commission has a message for citizens: "We are Open for Business."

    During its 35-minute meeting Tuesday morning the three commissioners left no question that the county will continue normal operations despite the suspensions of two county commissioners facing federal trials on bribery charges.

    "We do have a quorum and the people's business will be conducted as it has always been," said Commissioner Nancy Bell of Chiefland, who moved up from vice chair to chair of the commission.

  • Marilyn L. Keels, 76, of Chiefland, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at Seven Rivers Regional Hospital in Crystal River.

    Born in Newark, Ohio, she moved to Chiefland from Bradenton 11 years ago. She was a retired dental office manager, enjoyed making dolls, was an avid quilter and member of the Suwannee Quilting Club.

  • Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor.

    Board member Paige Brookins read aloud a letter from Morrison that stated he had sent his resignation to Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Brookins said that Morrison had asked her to read the letter dated Nov. 18 so that it could be added to the official Board minutes.

  • Robert Hastings was sworn in as Levy County School Superintendent Tuesday morning, becoming one of the first Republicans elected to countywide office in Levy County.

    "We keep in mind in all we do that we are bettering our system, thereby helping our children," Hastings said. "We need to remember that we are working with our students so that they can have a good and healthy and productive future."

    Judge Joseph E. Smith administered the oath for Hastings, as well as Board members Paige Brookins and Beth Davis who ran for re-election unopposed.

  • "Unbelievable!"

    Osborn "Oz" Barker's reaction to being elected as Levy County Property Appraiser may well sum up the feelings of the county's Republicans as they won two offices for the first time in history.

    In addition to Barker, who unseated incumbent Democrat Francis Akins, voters chose Republican Robert "Bob" Hastings as county school superintendent.

    "It feels great," Hastings said. "It's something I've looked forward to for a long time."

  • At its Nov. 4 meeting, the Williston City Council named Marc Nussel to fill council seat B, which was vacated by the resignation of Cal Byrd.

    Nussel was a member of the council for eight years in the 1990s and most recently was the caretaker of the seat vacated by Justin Landon.

    Nussel, who is the owner of Williston Crane and Equipment, has indicated that he will run for a seat in the March elections. He will be sworn in at the next City Council meeting.

    The other applicants for the seat were Betty Fender, Lindsey Hager and Anthony Della Rocco.

  • Cookie King stands on the corner of Noble Avenue and Main Street in Williston Tuesday morning waving to motorists. "I've been here since 9 a.m. and I'll stay here as long as I can stand, because I love America," the local Realtor said. Residents were lined up to vote at local polling places Tuesday morning.