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  • CRA begins memorial work

    The veterans memorial will be a reality but before a monument or paver of any kind can be put in Heritage Park, there's much work that needs to be done.

    Monday night, Ken Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) presented his committee with a survey of the area that dates back several years when the memorial was a vision.

  • Sex offender arrested; more charges pending

    A Williston man who failed to meet conditions for his release was arrested May 5 and now an investigation continues about why he may not have met those obligations.

    Christopher L. Caffie, 24, of 3731 NE 217 Court, Williston, was charged for failure to comply with Sex Offender registration requirements.

    Caffie was convicted of a felony sexual offense in 2012 and is required to register with the Sheriff’s Office two times a year.

  • Suspects sought in drive-by shooting

    A resident on NE 210 Avenue in East Williston was awakened at 4 a.m. last Sunday by a crashing sound inside his home. He investigated the sound but did not find anything wrong and went back to bed. At approximately 9:30 a.m., he discovered a bullet hole through his front window and called 911.

    Deputies discovered someone fired a gun from outside the home. The bullet entered the resident’s north facing window, went through a recliner then lodged in the homeowner’s entertainment center. The bullet was recovered and it appears the weapon is a 9mm handgun.

  • Weekend features blueberries and plants

    You won't have to travel far this weekend to participate in outdoor activities.

    Williston’s Red White & Blues Farm will celebrate May 6-7 with its first Blueberry Festival.

    Scores of 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.

  • Veterans' Memorial gets a much needed push

    Two large contributions and a lot of hard work by a few dedicated volunteers have pushed the fund for a Veterans' Memorial past the original goal.

    Three years ago, when the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first conceived the notion of a memorial, donations were slow to come in and the bricks that honored veterans were only purchased sporadically.

    In March, David Wilson, himself a veteran, told the CRA he was "saddened and embarrassed" by the lack of a memorial.

  • Litter ordinance discussed

    Fed up with the amount of trash that is dotting the city's parks and streets, Tuesday night the city council directed staff to begin a draft of a litter ordinance that carries substantial punitive measures for those who are caught littering.

    However, Police Chief Dennis Strow said there is already a state statute that addresses litter and it carries with it a fine and/or jail time. Strow said oftentimes a state statute supersedes a municipal ordinance.

  • Levy boasts lowest unemployment in area

    If not yet in full bloom, the economy is certainly growing stronger in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region.

    According to today’s employment summary by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the unemployment rate in March for the CareerSource CLM region was 5.2 percent, down 0.7 percentage point since February and 0.6 percentage point lower than the area’s rate a year ago of 5.8 percent.

  • Crabfest is this weekend

    Motorists are urged to use caution this weekend when traveling east of Williston due to the high volume of traffic expected for the annual Crabfest celebration April 29.

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports that traffic patterns will be alterated on CR 318 and heavy traffic is expected beginning around 2 p.m. Saturday.

    Motorists not planning to attend this event should avoid the area if possible. There will be a heavy presence of law enforcement in the area and motorists are urged to follow all traffic laws. 

  • Absolutely NO BURNING in Levy County
  • County enacts burn ban

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners has enacted Emergency Declaration 2017-018 and Emergency Order 2017-019 establishing a burn ban throughout the unincorporated areas of Levy County.

    This is an executive emergency order due to the extreme dry conditions that affect the county.

    Levy County has suffered massive losses in the past from unintentional fires caused by unattended or irresponsibly set fires.