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  • AirSign is world's largest airship operator

    Unless you're one of those people who drive around town just to satisfy curiosity or to keep an eye on things, you may not even know of its existence.

    However, in recent weeks, Airsign, owned and operated by Patrick Walsh, inked deals that will once again put Williston on the map and lead to positive economic development for the area.

  • BMHS graduates encouraged to be brave in pursuits

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Bronson Middle High School graduation, held May 25 at the UF Curtis Phillips Center in Gainesville, was anchored by a couple of inspiring student speeches about perseverance and following big dreams.

  • Donations rack up for schools foundation

    The Levy Schools Foundation recently received two large checks from corporate sponsors that will help it continue its commitment to boost the educational experience for everyone from teachers to students and their families.

    Duke Energy donated $10,000 to the foundation and Capital City Bank contributed $7,500. Monies from the foundation provide classroom grants, program enrichment and college scholarships.

    Each year the foundation also hosts its Beast Feast as one of its major fundraisers.

  • Williston budget, millage hearing is Tuesday

    The Williston City Council will give its residents one more opportunity to address the proposed millage/tax increase for 2018-2019 at a public hearing at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

    The council is proposing an approximate 10 percent increase in its millage rate, from 5.8627 mills to 6.25 mills.

    The proposed increase marks the first millage rate increase in several years for the city.

    Likewise, the next fiscal year budget is about 7. 1 percent higher than the current year.

  • Williston woman dies in sheriff's custody

     A Williston woman, arrested Sept. 12 on multiple charges, was found dead in her cell in the early morning hours of Sept. 15.

    Megan R. Downing was housed in the medical department of the Levy County Detention Center and was under constant video monitoring, according to a press release issued by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The staff did not notice any unusal occurrences during the night, the release stated and found Downing, 37, dead at 4:15 a.m.

  • Council strives to be competitive to retain workers

    Looking into the faces of the people who keep the city running, listening to their stories for better wages and hearing some are on public assistance was all it took for Councilwoman Nancy Wininger to flip her vote Tuesday night to support a pay increase that will bring all Williston employees above the poverty level of $25,000.

    Prior to the first public hearing for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, Wininger told council that unless she heard a compelling reason to change her mind, she could not support pay increases that would cost the city a little over $194,000.

  • Solid waste assessment approved

    By Lori Prevatt

    Contributing Writer

    With the setting of annual assessment rates on the docket, the Levy Board of County Commissioners held a four-hour public hearing Sept. 6 with approximately 30 Levy residents in attendance.

    After receiving feedback from many in attendance, the board passed a new rate for Solid Waste that shifts the burden of costs from user tipping fees to a $116 assessment fee.

    Fire Protection Services and EMS assessments also saw an increase in their respective rates.

    Fire Protection was first on the agenda.

  • Physician's assistant arrested again

    More than 50 new charges were levied against Williston Physician’s Assistant James Long Sept. 6 in an ongoing investigation that first saw him arrested in August for grand theft.

    According to documents requested from the Williston Police Department, Long, 67, of Morriston, was arrested on 54 new charges alleging he forged a physician’s name and DEA identification number to prescriptions made out to eight or nine different people.

  • BOCC discusses satellite waste stations

    By Suzette Cook

    Staff writer

    Levy County Commissioners got right down to business Tuesday barreling through the agenda.

    The first order of business was Commissioner John Meeks signing off on the Preliminary Plat of the Replat of Tract 27, Starting Point. The 10.29 acres has a zoning designation of Agriculture/Rural Residential (ARR). McMillen Surveying, which represents Aranda Brothers, Inc. of Ocala, left the meeting with the go ahead.

  • Pedestrian killed near Bronson

    The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating a traffic crash involving a pedestrian and an unknown vehicle on CR 337 in the area of NE 112th Place.

    The pedestrian, identified as David Cabral, 26, of Bronson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the FHP Communications Center at 1-800-387-1290 or Crime Stoppers of Levy County at 1-877-349-8477.