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NEWS

  • 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.

  • The workshop sponsored by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on Monday evening was well attended by city officials and the general public as well.

  • For the first time in more than 35 years, the city of Williston has allowed the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption on Sundays.

    By a vote of 4-1 (Councilman Brooks Holloway dissented and Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat, who does not have a vote, voiced his objection to the change), the council passed Ordinance 595 which allows on-premise alcohol sales between 1 p.m. and midnight on Sunday.

  • Levy County students might take their first semester final exams in late January next year, but Levy County School Board (SBLC) is fighting tooth and nail to keep that from happening.

    A committee to prepare the school year calendar for next year agreed, with more than 70 percent of members voting their approval, that next year’s school calendar should extend the first semester of school past the Christmas break, thereby holding first semester final exams in mid-January.

  • Williston’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will hold a special workshop on Monday, March 23, at 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers. CRA members and city officials will discuss plans for this year with representatives of the city’s engineering firm.

    Ken Schwiebert, chair of the CRA, encourages the public to attend and participate.

  • Levy County School Board replaced former district one board member Billy Morrison Tuesday with a new board member, Cameron Asbell. Morrison resigned in November. Asbell was sworn in before the meeting by Joseph Smith, County Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

    Smith congratulated and thanked Asbell for his service, noting that “these are perilous times in Levy County.”