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  • 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.

  • Missing woman's body found in Chiefland

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The body of a missing woman from Manatee County was found buried in southwest Chiefland Monday.

    Tricia Freeman, 47, was reported missing last Tuesday in Palmetto, located approximately 40 miles south of Tampa.

    Roy Nichols, 26, the boyfriend of Freeman’s daughter, admitted to murdering Freeman, after he and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer, were taken into custody Saturday in Cabell County, West Virginia, for allegedly stealing Freeman’s car.

  • REDI, willing and able

    It was a morning of brutal honesty when Williston City Planner Josie Lodder explained to members of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) all the barriers that keep the city from being the best it can be.

    REDI, comprised of members from all the state’s major agencies, serves 32 of Florida’s rural counties and was created in 1997 to assist those rural counties and their municipalities to overcome challenges to improve their economies.

  • Red White & Blues will host Blueberry Festival May 6-7

    Nothing says springtime more than the juicy goodness of fresh Florida blueberries – unless it’s a festival held down on the farm.

    This year, Williston’s Red White & Blues Farm, a renowned U-Pick center, will celebrate the season with its first Blueberry Festival May 6-7.

    More than 100 vendors, featuring arts, crafts, information and food are expected to be on site at the 100-acre farm during the two-day event that will also showcase blues and jazz music, pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee rides and more for the children in your life.

  • 'Sell our city' Friday

    City Planner/Project Manager Josie Lodder is asking Williston residents to roll out the welcome mat for representatives of the Rural Economic Development Initiative when they visit the city for a meeting on Friday, March 17.

    While the group will be meeting at Joyce Bullock Elementary School, Lodder said the group will be having lunch in the city and taking a tour and members of the working group can be identified by the green carnations they will be wearing for Sy. Patrick’s Day.

  • Williston veteran 'saddened, embarrassed' by lack of memorial

    David Wilson's roots in Williston go back generations. His grandparents once owned a boarding house where Hardee's now stands.

    He grew up here, graduated from high school here and years after returning from Vietnam a decorated veteran, he came back here to live. Two of his children live here.

    He loves this town – this community.

  • Chamber installs new directors

    It was an evening of frolic, food and fun Saturday when the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual installation banquet celebrating Mardi Gras, the last period of decadence before Lent.

    Chamber members and their guests came decked out in purple, green and gold – and of course, beads and masks to witness the installation of officers and the board of directors by Judge Tim Browning.

  • Councilman Hass follows God's voice

    He never wanted to be a pastor. He never dreamed of being a politician. Today, he is both.

    Tim Hass, the latest appointee to the Williston city council, qualified unopposed and will now serve two years in his post.

    Born to a military family, Hass lived in Germany and Japan before settling around Homestead, where he spent the majority of his youth.

    After high school, he worked in management with Sears before going to Southeastern University in Lakeland.

  • Chapter 48 still in the works

    Dissatisfied that the Williston Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee did not agree with the Chapter 48 rewrite in the Code of Ordinances, members of the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) decided Monday night to try one more time.

    Bruce Schupp, the chief author of the rewrite represented BACE in January at the P&Z meeting, where members called it "too subjective" and already containing much of what is currently in the ordinance that governs aesthetics and safety. P&Z members also said there does not need to be a citywide standard.

  • Dunn favors education back at local level

    By David Davis

    ddavis@chieflandcitizen.com

    A crowd of mostly educators applauded on three occasions when congressman Dr. Neal Dunn mentioned Congress’s commitment to doing away with Common Core, returning control of education to the local level and simplifying the tax code.