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  • Winner

     Joe Ostaszewski didn’t win the big prize on “The Biggest Loser”  Monday night, but he got something more valuable than money–he got his health back.

    At 43, the Williston resident is in the best health of his life and that’s reason to celebrate.

  • Three charged with making motel meth

    Three people were arrested Wednesday, March 6, on charges of manufacturing and selling meth out of the Bronson Motel while a 5-month-old infant was also in the room, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Department press release. 

  • There's less sunshine than you think

    For two weeks at the end of February, reporters from 31 news organizations, including the Chiefland Citizen (Levy Newspaper Group), participated in a project with the Florida Press Association to determine the availability ofrecords from Florida’s clerks and court offices in all of the state’s 67 counties.

  • WHS grads: your biography is needed now

    Big is not necessarily better, we’ve heard. “Portraits of Success” is a project of the Williston Public Library to gather together information about Williston graduates…Williston, a small Florida town of about 2000 people. The project requests that Williston graduates submit a one-page biography which includes those people or experiences of Williston who made or which made them the people they are today.

  • Bronson woman killed in accident

    Staff Report
    A Bronson woman became the fifth traffic fatality for 2013 in Levy County when the car she was driving left the road and struck a tree shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.
    Carolyn Jean Jones, 54, of Bronson was driving a 2012 Toyota Yaris west on U.S. Highway 27A at Northeast 112th Terrace when  the car left the road and struck a tree in a wooded area.

  • County delays alcohol sales discussion

    The discussion on whether to extend alcohol beverage sales hours from a midnight cutoff to a 2 a.m. cutoff is being delayed until the Levy County Commission meeting on April 2.
    The decision came during Tuesday’s regular meeting where a workshop on proposed changes to the county’s alcohol ordinance had been scheduled. But that was called off after some citizens protested the timing of the meeting — 1 p.m. — would force citizens who wanted to address the issue to take time off from work.

  • Impact fees fail to make city agenda

    For more than two months, the topic of impact fees in the city of Williston has been a recurring theme at council meetings.
    It looks like the issue will continue to linger after council failed to act Tuesday night on the moratorium that is set to expire March 20.
    In a Feb. 21 workshop, the council asked the city  manager to make a recommendation this week on the state of the fees, assessed to new construction for the purpose of expanding water and sewer lines.

  • Winds hit 91 mph in Cedar Key

    The weather station on the Cedar Key dock hit the big one Tuesday morning as a line of storms moved through Levy County clocking winds gusting up to 91 miles per hour. 

    Before that a weather station on the island recorded a 74 mph wind gust.

    A dock behind Gulfside Motel was knocked down, but the island’s most famous landmark, the Honeymoon Cottage, was still standing. 

    “It’s still there. I mean what can you say,” said Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson. 

  • Three arrested in connection with Williston thefts

    President’s Weekend shaped up to be both busy and productive for Levy County investigators when they made six arrests that included robberies and thefts in the Williston area.

    Det. Sgt. Mike Narayan arrested Steven A. Crosby, 46, of Williston Feb. 18 for burglary of a dwelling and grand theft. 

  • Future of impact fees

    A two-hour brainstorming session last Thursday ended with the Williston City Council telling its manager to make a recommendation on the state of impact fees.

    The directive began in March 2012 when the council voted to put a one-year moratorium on the fees, assessed on new construction to help offset the costs of infrastrcuture expansion.

    With the deadline looming to either extend the moratorium, at the Jan. 22 meeting, council City Manager Scott Lippmann to draft an ordinance that would abolish the fees.