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  • Runners, get ready

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    Starting out with a few threads, organizers for the Ugly Sweater 5K have woven the event into one of the more popular road races in both Marion and Citrus County the past two years.

  • It's a feast of economic good news

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, today’s release of the region’s employment numbers offers plenty of economic good news to feast on.

    While the October unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was unchanged over the month at 3.7, it was down nearly a full percentage point compared to the same time last year.

  • 1st Street Art Gallery opens

    Heidi Schwiebert makes a fine surrogate mother.

    Last February, the Williston Chamber of Commerce conceived the notion that local artists need a place to show off, and maybe even sell their work.

    With its Starving Artists Showcase June 9, 21 artists signed on to exhibit their work in Heritage Park and 15 carried through with the plan.

  • Wanted: Williston businesses to develop future workforce

    The Williston High School Cooperative Diversified Education (CDE) Program is looking to expand its base of employers for students to broaden their knowledge of the modern employment landscape, CDE Program Coordinator Pamela Plemmons said at last Thursday’s Williston Area Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting.

    Since inception, the program offers paid apprenticeship in a wide variety of areas: agriculture, automotive repair, service and retail industry and health and childcare. The CDE program currently has over 35 active employers.

  • Political activist and former Levy resident Jack Gargan dies at 88

    The man who despised hypocrisy not only in life, but also in government, died in Thailand Nov. 4, at the age of 88.

     John “Jack” Gargan made incredible breakthroughs for not only the Floridian stage of politics, but also nationally. A longtime resident of Cedar Key, he oversaw most of his activism, business and life in the historic Levy County city.

  • Bronson gets fire grant

    The town of Bronson Fire Department has been awarded a Florida Division of  State Fire Marshal Firefighter Assistance Grant in the amount of $38,817.

    The grant application, written by Deputy Fire Chief Paul Anderson, requested funding for the purchase of new protective breathing apparatus with updated safety features to replace air packs that are 16 years old.

  • Moving Day

    Perhaps it's no coincidence that the construction of Williston's new city hall took a little over nine months.

    Like an expectant mother, monthly City Manager Scott Lippmann told the council members about each stage of the building's development.

    Last week he said it was probable the city could take delivery of the building this week.

    And now that this week has arrived, city staff is preparing for its next big adventure: new accommodations in the multi-million dollar city hall.

  • Students of the Month honored

    Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson and the city council honored October Students of the Month at last week's meeting.

    Ava Fret, daughter of Jennifer Fret and a second grader at Joyce Bullock Elementary, was nominated by her teacher, Kaitlyn Bannon.

    In her nomination, Bannon wrote: "Ava was nominated for our class's student of the month because of her outstanding attitude and character during the first weeks of school.

    "She is already showing leadership traits by following the rules of our classroom and school.