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  • 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.

  • Tax-Aide starts Feb. 7

     Free tax preparation and e-file with AARP Tax Aide begins in Williston Thursday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Williston Public Library.

    If you have an itemized return, make your appointment after March 1 due to delays in approval of tax law changes.

    Call 352-528-2313 for an appointment through April 15.

  • Impact fees tabled

    A decision on the long-debated impact fees ordinance for new water and sewer hookups in the town of Bronson was put off by council members in a 3-2 vote Jan. 22 in what was slated to be the second and final reading of the ordinance.

  • Williston man dies after traffic accident

     A Williston man died five days after being in a traffic accident on SR-121, according to a press release from the Williston Police Department.

  • Reprieve:

    Williston seniors will be able to breathe a sigh of relief tomorrow now that a way has been found for them to stay in what many consider their home away from home.

  • Surge is big worry in a storm

    The state emergency management director told the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that being prepared is important, but because of the nature of the county’s coastline the biggest danger in a storm of category 5 is the surge.

  • Jack Screws sworn in to fill Fugate’s unexpired council term

    Jack Screws became the newest Williston City Council member Tuesday night when he was appointed to the Group A post.

    Screws replaces Norm Fugate, who resigned two weeks ago.

    Gail Poupard-Brown, a notary public, administered the oath of office and Screws immediately took his seat on the council.

    He will also begin serving his own two-year term in April as the lone qualifying candidate for the position.

  • Seniors: ‘Hell no, we won’t go’

    Tempers raged and emotions were raw last week when clients of the Williston Senior Center learned that major changes were coming Feb. 1 to the place they consider their home away from home.

    The center, funded by grants from the Suwannee River Economic Council (SREC), has been meeting in the Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church for more than 16 years.

    According to Janice Owen, director of client services for SREC, the location is primarily for meal distribution to ensure seniors have access to hot, nutritious meals five days a week.

  • Pioneer of the Year 2012

    When the oh-too-familiar-theme from The Andy Griffith Show echoes from a cell phone, you know at once without looking up that Dennis Strow has entered the room.

    Like Matt Dillon in the olden days of Dodge City, there’s a swagger when he approaches but it’s not born of arrogance, but rather confidence, experience and happiness. It’s a gait that fits good law men of all types–Matt Dillon and Dennis Strow alike.