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  • Four decades of service to Williston

     Before he was Williston's mayor, R. Gerald Hethcoat was a farm boy, a student, a young man battling polio, a clinical laboratory scientist, a law enforcement officer, a firefighter and a city councilman.

    Tuesday night, he added yet another title to his vast repertoire – retired.

    April 10 marked the end of nearly 40 years of public service and almost all of it to the city and people of Williston.

     

  • Councilwomen to lead Williston

    In what may be an unprecedented move in the city of Williston, the council's two female representatives were elected Tuesday night to the highest positions on the city council.

    Nancy Wininger was chosen by the council as its president, succeeding Charles Goodman who made the nomination.

    Wininger has served on the council since 2016 and was unopposed in this year's bid for her seat.

  • Levy Cattlemen to meet April 19

    The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association is having its spring meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at Don Quincey’s river home located at 11751 NW 132nd PL, Chiefland, FL 32626. The Levy Co. Junior Cattlemen will also hold their meeting at the same time. Junior Cattlemen’s is open to children from 8 to 21 years old.

    Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend. If you would like additional information call the Levy County Extension Office (352-486-5131) or Devin Whitehurst (352-528-4724).

  • Neighbor helping neighbor

    Since taking office two years ago, Williston Councilwoman Nancy Wininger has been known for hosting her own town hall meetings.

    It's an opportunity for people to ask questions in a casual atmosphere and also share information with her that she needs to know as their elected representative.

    Next week, April 12, Wininger will host another such meeting but this one with a twist.

  • Deputies coming to the schools

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum says all 15 public and charter schools in the county will have a deputy on campus for the remainder of the school year, but he’s concerned about the financial viability of the program going forward.

  • Making economic development work is up to the people

    In six to eight weeks, Williston City Council will find out just what its grant money paid for when Alison Megrath and Dr. Lynn Patterson make their presentation on the city's Comprehensive Plan.

    Monday night, Patterson presented the culmination of months of research and planning on economic development to some of the people whose input is included in the final product.

    She said implementation is not solely up to the council, but must involve the people if it is to work and be an accurate portrayal of what Williston will become.

  • Williston – City with a heart

    By Nancy Wininger

    Guest Columnist

    A friend of mine recently had surgery and developed slight complications with her heart. Anything with your heart doesn’t seem “slight” to me but in her case, it was something that didn’t require surgery but did require monitoring. Thankfully, things turned out well for her and we all breathed a sigh of relief.

    However, it did make me think about which situations in life, health or otherwise, can be handled with just monitoring, and which require “surgery”.

  • April 2

    “You’ve done all the hard work. Now come and listen to the strategy developed based upon your input. Share your comments and thoughts to finalize the strategy.”

    That’s the opening on a flyer distributed this week by Megrath Consulting as the firm winds down into the closing weeks of the city of Williston’s comprehensive plan, mandated by the state of Florida.

    Participants are encouraged to come to the MP building on the campus of the old Williston High School Monday, April 2 from 5-7 p.m. to hear what's ben said.

  • Free money
  • Ordinance bans pot dispensaries

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy County Commission on March 20 adopted an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas while treating its growing and cultivation like other nurseries.

    The unanimous passing of the ordinance, based on a motion from Mike Joyner and a second from Matt Brooks, came after the second of two public hearings on the matter held at the courthouse in March.