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NEWS

  • After a four-hour public hearing and testimony from more than 20 residents who live in Levy and Marion counties, the Levy County Planning Commission unanimously refused to recommend an application for a mining operation south of Williston.

    An audience of about 150 who gathered to oppose the special exception to allow the mining operation greeted the commission, in its first meeting for several months due to the economic downturn.

    But the crowd, which was noisy at times, cheered the commission’s decision and went away happy.

  • The news came like a thunderclap.

    Progress Energy Florida announced on Friday, May 1 that it will be unable to start construction of the proposed $17 billion Levy County nuclear power plant for 20 months.

    But the company tempered that with an announcement that customers’ monthly power bills won’t be as large as expected in 2010.

    County officials are taking a positive look at the twin announcement saying it allows them to better plan for the arrival of the plant and the 3,700 construction and 800 permanent jobs that accompany it.

  • At its Tuesday evening meeting, Williston’s City Council heard two requests from Dr. Ken Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency. The items under consideration had been discussed at some length by the CRA in its own meetings.

  • Bad news for those in Levy County who were counting on construction of a $17 billion nuclear plant near Inglis: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a kink in construction plans and delayed the start by 20 months.

  • An application for a permit for a major limerock mining operation close to the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Williston is expected to provide controversy at the May meeting of the Levy County Planning Board.

    It is the planning board’s first meeting in several months as applications for permits and special exceptions plummeted with the national economy. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Levy County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson.

  • As of May 1, Williston will welcome Valerie A. Anderson, a resident of Williston, as its city-clerk-in-training.

    Anderson will succeed Barbara Henson, who has provided many years of distinguished service to the community in the position. Henson told the City Council in the middle of last year that she would retire on June 30, 2009. Though there were many requests to stay, Henson stayed firm.

  • Williston’s Planning and Zoning Commission held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening and hosted members of the Community Redevelopment Agency to review the design guidelines for the downtown area of the city.

    In addition to discussions within the committee, the CRA had sent out a questionnaire to business owners within the city asking their opinion on architectural styles and design features that would enhance the area.

  • A Bronson man being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office — an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is know for drug dealing — turned himself in at the Levy County Jail at lunchtime on Thursday.

    Aaron Sysvester “Doughboy” Hope, of Boundary Street, Bronson, was arrested on warrants for attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault. His bond is $800,000.

    Earlier in the week officers recovered the vehicle he used to flee the scene of the shooting.

  • A Bronson man is being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office, an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is known for drug dealing.

    Aaron Sylvester “Doughboy” Hope, 28, of Boundary Street, Bronson, 6-feet tall, 180 to 210 pounds, stocky build, and possibly driving a tan 1988 Toyota 4-door with Florida tag M09-2DK, is being sought.

    He is wanted on one charge of attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault.

  • BRONSON — Levy County’s assessed land value is expected to fall 7 percent in the coming year, meaning county government will take a $1.2 million hit in a budget that is already suffering from decreased revenues in the current year.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody told the commissioners that County Property Appraiser Oz Barker had informed his office that land values will be down by about 7 percent in the coming year.

  • Representatives of the Church of God appeared at Tuesday evening’s Williston City Council meeting with a request for relief from fees necessary to begin construction of their new facility.

  • Levy County is getting its act together to persuade Progress Energy to construct its new emergency operations facility in the county.

    The facility would serve as the emergency training and operation center for the proposed two-unit Levy County plant and as such must be located at least 25 miles from the plant.

  • At a special meeting on Tuesday evening, the three re-elected members of the Williston City Council were sworn in by Judge Joe Smith.

    Before he asked them to take the oath, Smith thanked them for their continued dedication to public service.

    Benny “Steve” Holcomb, Marc Nussel and Debra French Jones took the oath of office. Holcomb and Jones have been on the council for many years and Nussel replaced Cal Byrd when he retired last November. Only Jones was challenged in the March election.

  • Crowds gathered at the Levy County Courthouse Wednesday for a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) party. Here are some scenes from that event.

  • On tax day, Wednesday, April 15, at noon all across this nation over 5,000 rallies will participate in Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party rally. In Bronson it will be held in front of the Levy County Courthouse at noon.

  • At its Tuesday evening meeting, the City Council took the first steps toward putting some teeth into the police’s ability to write tickets for parking violations within the city limits.

    Council held lengthy discussions on the first reading of Ordinance 595, which adds language to section 38 of the municipal code, specifying fines for violations in no parking zones, fire lanes and specifically marked handicapped spaces.

  • The annual Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society was held at the football stadium last weekend. Photographer Dave Colon captured the enclosed images of the dedicated people who spent the night for a good cause.

  •  Tiffany Linda Poupard age 29 of Dunnellon, FL passed away all too suddenly on March 31, 2009. She was born on September 2, 1979 in Ocala, FL to Mark and Evelyn Poupard. She had lived in Williston, FL most of her life and had just moved to Dunnellon, Fl six months ago. She was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. She graduated from Williston High School in 1998.

  • Signs have been posted and cameras installed. Red light-running violators will be cited in Williston in the near future. The city recently signed an agreement with Traffipax, Inc. The company installed the system, at no cost to the city, and will take care of all administrative activities. The company’s income from the system comes from a percentage of each of the fines paid.

    The installation of the red-light cameras in Williston has been met with some confusion as to how they work what the criteria are for a citation being issued.

  • Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Henry Park

    The Rotary Club of Williston will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28.

    The hunt will begin at 10 a.m. at the Johnny Henry Memorial Park on Northwest 1st Avenue.

    The Easter Egg Hunt is free to all children from the Williston, Morriston, and Bronson areas and is intended for children up to 10 years old. As usual, hot dogs, chips, and a drink will be provided for each participant. Children need only to bring their own basket and show up ready for the hunt.