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NEWS

  • The Nature Coast Business Development Council asked for the resignation of its fifth director since its incorporation in 2000 during a contentious, and sometimes angry, meeting June 28.
    Pat O’Neal, who was hired one year ago, was told to submit his resignation by July 1 in a 6-0-1 with its newest member abstaining. O’Neal was given 24 hours to respond to the demand that he resign.

  • It will be happy trails for six area equestrians as they gallop to Shawnee, Okla. next week for the International Youth Finals Rodeo.
    Kaley Wilder, Chelsi Arrington, Ashton Geiger, Shelby Mills, Mark Arrington and Harden Grant, members of the GA-FL Youth Rodeo Association (GFYRA), are training almost daily to prepare for the rides of the lives.
    The GFYRA began in September 2005 to provide rodeo competition on a professional level to cowboys and cowgirls ages 14-19. Contestants can win money, awards and the chance to compete in Shawnee.

  • It all came down to money, broken words and gut feelings.
    In a 4-1 vote, Williston City Council agreed Tuesday night to begin contract negotiations with Patrick Miller to fill the city manager position.
    Council will begin bargaining with Miller, of Palm Coast, next week. Members agreed to offer him $70,000 annually with standard city benefits, including vacation and sick time. President Marc Nussel said council would require Miller move to Williston.

  • After more than seven hours of interviews, Williston City Council agreed in less than 20 minutes on the three people they think best suited to oversee the day-to-day operations of the city.
    Oel Wingo, Patrick Miller and John McCue were culled from a pack of 34 applicants to fill the city manager job vacated by Marcus Collins in April.
    Wingo has been acting as the interim manager for more than a month. She was the last of seven applicants interviewed by the council during two rounds of one-hour interviews.

  • By ADA LANG
    news@cedarkeybeacon.com

    Six local groups asked the Levy County Tourism Development Council (TDC) for $15,000 in advertising dollars and were granted $12,500 Thursday night - pending one more step in the 2011-2012 application process.

  • Levy County is only expecting to receive $21,092,968 in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, and on Monday heard spending requests totaling $20,811,999.
    The lion’s share of the budget – $10,804,058 – was requested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
    The requests were part of a budget workshop held by the Levy County Commission on Monday.
    Although County Property Appraiser Oz Barker did not attend the meeting – and his budget request is down 14 percent from last year – property taxes were on everyone’s minds.

  • The weekend promises to be filled with all things patriotic and some fun and games on the side.
    Start your holiday weekend here in Williston Saturday, July 2 with the  “Proud to be An American” parade at 5 p.m.
    Dr. Kenneth Wise will be the grand marshal for the parade.
    Numerous participants have committed to participating in the parade that runs its course east on Noble Avenue.

  • Citizens of Williston:

    Ever notice the ground rumble from time to time?

    What that is is blasting on the west side of the county at mines (lime rock saturated with water is a good conductor of vibrations).

    Imagine if that blasting were going on only four miles away.  What would you feel and hear then?

    Well unless you stand up with the residents of the East Levy Street area only 4 miles south on LCR 323 and LCR322 you will find out!

    Please take a very short ride:

  • By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Personnel issues involving two bus drivers and a custodian consumed Tuesday's three-plus hour School Board of Levy County meeting. The board also called a Aug. 2 public hearing to discuss policy changes, including the adoption of the "baggy pants law," recently approved by Florida legislators.

  • Wasting no time to get a handle on the city’s financial situation, Interim City Manager Oel Wingo asked the council Tuesday to allow her to enter into a contract for services with an accounting firm who can straighten out the city’s books in prepararation for the state-mandated audit.
    Severn Trent Management Services, with offices across the state, including Coral Springs, Orlando and St. Augustine, was the lowest of four proposals submitted to the city for financial services.

  • And then there were three.
    Williston City Council agreed this afternoon to pare its list for city manager even more, and decided on three potential permanent replacements for Marcus Collins, who resigned in March.
    Oel Wingo, Patrick Miller and John McCue made the final cut Thursday after interviews with the council and mayor.
    The three came from an original list of 34 that was trimmed to seven.
    All seven were interviewed last Thursday and today.

  • Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.

  •  Chris Sutherlin Jr., charged with 2nd degree felony manslaughter in the death of Rocky Sparks of Crystal River, lost his bid to be put on home detention Friday in a courtroom packed with Sparks’ family and friends.
    Levy County Judge James T. Browning denied the request made by the 15-year-old New Port Richey boy’s attorney, Allan H. Kaye of Gainesville.  

  • The city of Williston will celebrate Independence Day in hometown style Saturday, July 2.
    The annual parade will begin at 5 p.m.  The parade theme is “Proud to be an American”.  This year Dr. Kenneth Wise will lead the parade as its Grand Parade Marshal.

  • Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.

  • The city of Williston is looking into why there have been several power outages in the last few months.

    Gary Bitter, an engineer with Progress Energy, has been contacted and he and CJ Zimoski believe in order to isolate and locate the problem, the  settings on the recloser will have to be changed. This will not leave the system unprotected; however, it will allow the fuses to blow.

    If there is a problem on the city’s system it may cause outages.  These outages should be limited to a few blocks at a time rather than the whole town flashing.

  • Marisela Barcenas, Williston's finance director, has resigned effective June 24, 2011.
    At last week's city council meeting, council members learned that the state-mandated audit has hit a stumbling block because the auditors do not have the necessary information to proceed.
    The auditor told council that bank reconciliations have not been done nor have the 2010 books been closed.
    Barcenas was not at the meeting Tuesday, and has not attended in over two months.

     

  • From the Williston-Sun
    Suwannee Valley News
    June 5, 1986 and June 12, 1986

  • Bronson Town Council members say they now have sound scientific data refuting flood zones established in the town by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    "It makes me really proud because it shows we were right from the start," said Council Member Berlon Weeks at Monday night's regular meeting.

  • They have been serving you all year, now it’s your turn to show your appreciation AND take a shot at winning a little pocket money for your effort.
    The Williston Pioneer is sponsoring its first Readers’ Choice Awards (ballot on page 12 of this week's Pioneer), where merchants, services and professionals will be named “The Best of” by the people who patronize them.
    All ballots are collected in our office at 37 South Main St., and each week until the contest ends, one ballot will be drawn. The person who submitted that ballot will win $25.