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  • City discusses alcohol sales

    The Tuesday evening meeting of the Williston City Council began quietly and predictably enough.

    The mayor awarded certificates of achievement and King Munchie’s pizza coupons to the students of the month for February: Riley Battle from Joyce Bullock Elementary School; Ryan Battle of Williston Elementary (yes, they’re siblings); Laquisha Hill of Williston Middle School; and Kenya Gardner of Williston High School.

  • City's seniors can get extra exemption

    Senior citizens in Williston may be entitled to an additional Homestead Exemption to be applied to millage rates levied by the city.

    Ordinance 496 allows for such additional exemptions for people 65 and over who have an existing homestead exemption. The total income for all members of the household must not exceed $26,500 for 2008. That number has been adjusted for the cost of living in each of the years in which the exemption has been in force.

    The Levy County Property Appraiser’s Office has a simple one-page application to be filled out.

  • Underground pot operation found

    An elaborate underground pot-growing operation that even had its own 100 kilowatt electrical generator has been put out of business and two persons arrested by the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Barker defends firing of Golding

    Newly minted Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says he fired a veteran employee on his first day in office because he did not have confidence or trust in her, but two leaders in the Tri-County NAACP said he told them God directed him to do it.

    And they think the reason is a little less divine - that Barker traded a promise to fire her in return for votes to help him win the office in the November election.

    Barker denies he fired Mary Golding to help him win the race, will not discuss why but he did seek legal counsel from an attorney specializing in labor issues.

  • Three file to run for council

    As of noon on Wednesday, Jan. 14, three candidates had qualified for the City Council elections to be held in early March.

    Steve Holcomb, the incumbent in Group A, has filed to retain his seat. Marc Nussel, who has been a member of the council since November, when he was appointed to fill the Group B seat vacated by Cal Byrd, has qualified to run for that position for a full two-year term. He previously served on the council for eight years during the 1990s.

  • Jones to face Robinson in city election

    Only one seat on the Williston City Council will be contested when the election is held in early March.

    City Council President Debra Jones is being challenged by former council member Jerry Robinson, who left the council last year in an unsuccessful bid for the County Commission.

    Council members Marc Nussel and Steve Holcomb drew no opposition and will automatically be re-elected.

  • Local residents gather to watch inauguration

    Tuesday Jan. 20, the country swore into office the 44th President of the United States in a tremendous pomp and circumstance celebration on the steps of the Capitol.

    You didn’t have to be in Washington DC to be caught up in the celebration as a group of concerned citizens held their own celebration at Millers Park on the east side of Williston at the corner of highways 331 and 318.

    The event went off with joy and jubilation, and all who attended were even treated to the cold and blustery Washington, D.C. weather.

  • Teacher 'three days off' plan rejected

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings’ plan to ask all school employees to take three days off without pay has been dismissed, he told the board Tuesday morning.

    Because of the state retirement system, teachers must have a contract of 196 workdays.

    The plan would have reduced it to 193 days, jeopardizing employees’ retirement eligibility.

    “It was deemed that it would not be appropriate and we couldn’t take that route,” Hastings said.

  • City manager may add clerk duties

    An advertisement for a new position at city hall, that of Human Resource Director / Assistant City Clerk, may signal the beginnings of changes in the way Williston’s government is managed.

    At the council’s most recent meeting, the first one attended by new City Manager Marcus Collins, the subject of the retirement of City Clerk Barbara Henson was addressed.

  • CRA wants input from questionnaire

    At their first meeting of the year, members of the Community Redevelopment Association met new city manager Marcus Collins, who sat in on their deliberations, asking an occasional question and in general learning what that body does.

    Chair Dr. Ken Schwiebert read a letter he proposed sending to Bob Uhlar, who donated a great deal of his time installing new lighting in the pavilion in time for the Light Up Williston. Schwiebert said that the lighting “added significantly to the ambience of the celebration.”