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  • 2 die in Raleigh crash; Levy traffic deaths at 4 for 2013

    A Thursday crash on U.S. Highway 41, just south of the intersection at County Road 335, at 8:20 p.m. claimed the lives of two Newberry residents, one of whom was honored this month as Alachua County's Crossing Guard of the Year.
    It also tied up the busy highway that passes through the Raleigh community, which has a blinker at the intersection, and connects Archer, Newberry and Williston, among other rural communities.

  • County looks at drinking after midnight

    The public will get its first say on a proposal to extend alcohol sales beyond midnight in the unincorporated county areas during a workshop on March 5 at 1 p.m.

    The Levy County Commission scheduled the workshop after receiving a briefing from County Attorney Anne Bast Brown. Brown presented the board with a proposed ordinance to change the ban on alcohol sales, consumption and service between midnight and 7 a.m. to only between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. 

  • Williston airport is hog wild and pig crazy

    It’s George Orwell’s Animal Farm over at the Williston Airport.

    That’s because the wild hogs have taken over–so much in fact, that  city leaders are looking for someone to pay the city for eradicating the wild swine.

    Gestation for swine is about 112-114 days, which means it’s conceivable for a sow to deliver three  litters a year with as many as 14 piglets at a time.

  • Late audit costs city big bucks

    Failure to submit its annual audit in a timely manner cost the city of Williston a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)–as much as $650,000–that would have replaced antiquated sewer lines on seven city streets and added a pressure reducing valve for the water system.

    The grants are awarded based on a point system that includes matching funds, impact and EEO/Fair Housing criteria.

  • Homegrown boy ready to give back

    You’ve been on the same job for 38 years, you’re still young and you have your health. And then you retire. What do you do?

    If you’re Williston’s Jack Screws Jr., you throw your newly unemployed self into the public arena and seek to become a councilman.

    Screws, the latest addition to Williston City Council, applied in January to fill the unexpired term of Norm Fugate and qualified for that same seat.

  • Former sheriff's lieutenant sentenced to 30 years
  • Former sheriff's lieutenant sentenced to 30 years in sexual attack

    The former Levy County Sheriff's lieutenant who attacked and held his ex-girlfriend prisoner for 10 hours, beating and raping her, will spend 30 years in prison followed by 15 years sex offender probation with electronic monitoring.

    It was an ordeal that the victim told the court had left her filled with shame, guilt, self-loathing; unable to look at a 9-mm gun and unable to be around crowds; robbed of her spark and desire in life.

    “I feel I cannot trust anyone,” she said.

  • Progress Energy will retire Crystal River nuclear plant

    Following a comprehensive analysis, Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, announced Tuesday that it will retire the Crystal River Nuclear Plant (CR3) in Citrus County,. The plant has been safely shut down and offline since late 2009.

  • Bronson water and sewer a recurring dilemma

    A solution to rates and fees associated with water and sewer in the Town of Bronson continues to elude officials there.

    Council members voted unanimously Monday night to again postpone a decision on rates for water and sewer use, agreeing that the latest proposal, which would more than double rates for most, was still too high.

  • Council splits on impact fees

    If you were rejoicing two weeks ago that the city of Williston would no longer have impact fees, you may want to rein in that enthusiasm today.

    At Tuesday night’s meeting, council took a flip flop on its Jan. 22 decision to eliminate the fees on water and sewer capacity for new development.

    Two weeks ago the council asked staff to draft an ordinance that would abolish the fees, but Tuesday City Manager Scott Lippmann asked the council to reconsider it decision.