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  • Church News for the week of July 30

    Gospelfest

    WE SOAR will present the 14th Annual Williston Gospelfest Saturday, Aug. 1 at Unity Temple International Church, 2351 NE 200 Ave., Williston beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, call 352-361-6528.

    Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    First Assembly of God

  • City to accept online payments

    For those who enjoy the luxury of online electronic payment of bills, there is something to cheer about as the City of Chiefland will begin accepting online payments for water bills starting Sept. 1.

       “We are going to be able to accept credit cards from our customers, debit cards,” said City Manager Mary Ellzey at Monday nights city commission meeting.

    She said the company that will be processing payments will set customers up with a web portal on the city's web page. Customers will be able to view their bill and pay the bill online.

  • Fanning to adopt water conservation ordinance

    Fanning Springs council members said they were feeling a bit like the Suwannee River Water Management District had them over a barrel.

    At the July 7 meeting, council discussed a water shortage ordinance required of them by SRWMD.

    At the meeting, it was said SRWMD is holding the carrot, grant funding for sewer expansion.

    SRWMD claims there will be no more well permits if we don't do this, Superintendent of Operations Doyle Frierson said. "They're holding both cards."

  • Rainy days

    Don't let these daily rain showers fool you. According to data gathered at the Usher Tower in Levy County, the area's a bit below the average rainfall for the year to date.

    However, Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa, said Usher Tower has been one of the driest locations in the county. As of Monday, July 27, 6.43 inches of rain was reported from that location, with the normal amount being about 8.24 inches for the month of July.

    "We've been in this wet pattern for a few days," Garcia said.

  • Chiefland eyes keeping millage same

    Property owners may be able to breath a sigh of relief as the Chiefland City Commission decided Monday night to tentatively keep the property tax at 6 mills.

    While the 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Teresa Barron dissenting, means that is the highest possible tax the commission can charge, several commissioners said they would like to drop the tax rate adopted three years ago when the city was in dire straits financially. “I'd like to see us come down a tad,” Barron said before the vote.

  • Bronson man wants to organize Summer Fest for his town

     A young man named Jeremiah Johnson came before the Bronson Town Council on Monday night seeking approval for the use of the park for a free family friendly event he plans to call Summer Fest.

    His goal: to unite the community and have a gathering he hopes will become an annual event.

     “I’d like to see the community get together and have a good time,” Johnson said.

    He said he had a vision of a bounce house and basketball and softball tournaments with family friendly music.

  • Summertime is the time to give blood

    Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

    In about the time it would take to shop for groceries for a week or knock out a crossword puzzle a blood donor can save a life.

  • New Pine Street sidewalk needs work

    For a sidewalk that’s been a long time coming, there have been a couple complaints on how it turned out.

     “It doesn’t look good,” Jerry Mongo said at the July 6 Bronson Town Council meeting.

    There are two areas of concern after a heavy rain, Bruce Greenlee said: two problem areas that are a little bit low. He said they need to get out there and see if they can come up with a solution.

    Council Member Beatrice Roberts made a motion to do so, with Council Member Katie Parks Bogart seconding and a unanimous vote.

  • Tomorrow's Equestrian Center lets the disabled experience the thrill of riding

    Williston is home to the only Special Olympics training center in Levy County. 

    Tomorrow's Equestrian Center is a non-profit organization that teaches adaptive regular horseback riding to disabled individuals.

    "It's a great organization," Volunteer Instructor and President of the organization, Sandy Arbour, said as she spoke to the Suwannee Valley Rotary club last Thursday.

    They are closed for the month of July, the only event being an annual picnic held earlier this week at Rainbow Springs.

  • Water district reconsiders move

    It was almost an exercise in futility when the Levy County Commission approved a resolution protesting a proposed plan by the South West Florida Water Management District to relocate its Brooksville Office to Tampa.

    Two weeks ago, the commission expressed its unhappiness with the proposal by the district that covers the southern and eastern part of the county not governed by Suwannee River Water Management District.