Local News

  • Will code violators see tougher penalties?

    A request to the Williston City Council to make its ordinance for non-compliant property owners a bit more punitive has resulted in a total re-write of the law.

    Bruce Schupp, the newly appointed member to the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), took matters into his own hands and wrote Chapter 48 of the code to make it pack a punch for those who fail to follow the law.

  • You can dig this: Museum needs volunteers for excavation project

     By Elizabeth Brown

     Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists are recruiting volunteers to help excavate a recently discovered site in eastern Levy County that has produced thousands of fossils, including more than 55 vertebrate species.

    Researchers are enthusiastic about the 5- to 5.5 million-year-old fossils being recovered and say it is the first site of this particular age found in North Central Florida.

  • Chapter 48 gets a revisit

    After hearing from dozens of Williston residents Sept. 19, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) knew it had to take yet another look at Chapter 48 of the municipal code that governs property maintenance.

    Monday night, its members spent two hours eliminating the chaff and trying to be less "nit-picky" about what code enforcement will investigate.

  • City finances good; chickens OK'd

    As Fiscal Year 2016 draws to a close, Williston Finance Director Stephen Bloom told Williston City Council last week that everything is looking good with only September numbers still out.

    Bloom presented a financial report for June through August and said there is more revenue than expenses – always a good thing. Bloom also said that property tax collections stand at 98 percent, and the only department over budget is the fire department.

  • Debra Jones, Kori Lamb apply for council vacancy

    When the Williston City Council meets for its first session in December, a new face will dot the landscape of city decision makers.

    Matt Brooks, who won his bid for a seat on the county commission Aug. 30, will leave his council post Nov. 21, pursuant to the city's Resign to Run law.

    Because less than six months will remain on his term, his fellow councilors will appoint a successor to serve until the March 2016 election.

  • Ride to Provide rolls Saturday

    The Gator Nation may not have a football game to enjoy on Saturday, Oct. 22 but there are at least three events to keep fans in Levy County busy. 

    In the morning the 12th Annual Ride to Provide, a run through the prettiest parts of Levy County, starts registering folks at 7:30 a.m. at the Levy ARC campus in Otter Creek. This is one of two big fundraisers for the center that provides services for developmentally disabled adults. 

    For more information, call 352-219-7806. 

  • Change proposed for CR339, US 27A intersection

    The busy, but tricky intersection of County Road 339 and U.S.Highway 27A – that has seen at least three truck rollover accidents – would be closed and traffic diverted to nearby CR 339A under an idea floated by the Florida Department of Transportation. 

  • Get ready to Relay

    Williston's annual all-day party got off to a magical kickstart Monday when organizers of Relay for Life gathered at the Heritage Park Pavilion.

    The fundraiser, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, culminates each year with the Relay for Life, scheduled this coming year for April 1 – and that's no joke.

    Missy Maguire, this year's local chairwoman, said the Relay will be from 4 p.m. until midnight at a new venue – Williston Elementary School.

  • Residents balk at noisy peanut dryers

    The noise coming from Williston Peanut's dryers is keeping residents in the area from having the quality of life they deserve, Wayne Williams told Williston City Council Tuesday night.

    Williams, speaking on behalf of more than a dozen residents in attendance, said from August through November the noise is unbearable and prevents residents in the area from entertaining, watching TV or sleeping in comfort.

  • Council starts abatement talks

    Williston residents overwhelmingly voted Aug. 30 for the city to begin a tax abatement program to entice business growth within the city.

    Now, six weeks later, the council is ready to formulate policies and procedures to enact.

    Last week, City Manager Scott Lippmann asked council members for direction on instigating an abatement program.