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  • Williston pursues solar power system

    Looking for ways to help both residents and the environment, the city of Williston is taking a ginormous leap into the 21st century by pursuing a solar energy system to power the city. Tuesday city leaders met with interested residents and elected officials to pitch their plan that will make Williston less dependent on fossil fuels. City Manager Marcus Collins and Adam Hall, the city’s project manager and land development regulations administrator, gave a 30-minute overview of their vision for the city to about 30 people that included State Reps.

  • Commission spurns sheriff's request

    The tension that has been building between the Levy County Commission and the Sheriff's Office over spending and budgets became an open matter of record at the commissions Tuesday meeting when the sheriff's request for $38,000 in contingency money was denied. Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston made the motion to give the sheriff some of the money the commission held back from this year's budget to cover any last-minute inmate medical bills. But the motion died for lack of a second. The sheriff did not make an appearance to present the request.

  • Former economic director charged

    Amanda Douglas, the former director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and Enterprise Zone Development Agency, is being formally charged with two counts of grand theft and two counts of scheme to defraud in connection with money missing from agency accounts. Assistant State Attorney Glenn Bryan confirmed on Wednesday that Douglas has made restitution of the funds, and that he has recommended she be released on her own recognizance.

  • County passes on bonds, for now

    Levy County does not have the requisite 100,000 residents to qualify for Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, but county officials think they could still get the money. The subject of the bonds, funded with federal stimulus bill money, came up during the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday.  County Coordinator Freddie Moody said the county does not qualify for the $346,000 in economic development bond money and $519,000 in facility bond money designated for Levy County, but by turning the money back to the state it frees the money fro

  • Bronson considers options for sludge

    The subject was smelly and nasty. The discussion was detailed.

  • School opens Monday Watch out for students

    The school speed zone on County Road 341 at Chiefland Elementary School has gone high tech with new solar-powered, blinking lights that can be computer programmed to alert drivers to slow down and look out for children.  The two lights and signs were funded with grants from Plum Creek and Tarmac.  Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson donated the marine batteries that store the solar power for the lights.

  • Free school breakfast approved by board, other issues debated

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday approved a universal breakfast program at Bronson Elementary School, allowing students at the school to get a free breakfast starting this fall. The state made the program available for schools in which 80 percent or more of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.

  • Broadband authority has its first meeting in Cedar Key

    Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the North Florida Broadband Authority. On Aug.

  • Bronson officials discuss upcoming budget year

    Bronson Town Council members agreed it’s better to start with a higher proposed millage rate and come down once all the review and studies are complete. After some discussion, council members agreed last week to set a proposed millage of 3.8861 mills, but only because a proposed millage rate can be decreased and not increased. City Clerk Kelli Brettel offered several scenarios for the council to weigh, including keeping it as it is, going with the rollback rate and the highest of the rates. Property values are down in Bronson, Brettel said, and

  • Sheriff's Office buys new vehicles

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has purchased six new vehicles — four for its K-9 units and two for the investigative unit for $167,462.80. Sheriff Johnny Smith said he stands behind the decision to replace vehicles that had 100,000 to 150,000 miles on each, including replacement of a car totaled in an accident where the other driver was found to be at fault. Smith said he is aware of how the purchase looks in a tight budget year.