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  • Williston graduates will be saluted in Portraits of Success

    To what do you attribute the success you’ve had in life?
    You graduated from Williston, and we want to hear your story.
    Perhaps a teacher, maybe a coach, what obstacles, what strife
    Inspired you to reach for the stars, maybe fame and glory?

    No matter the year, no matter your age, we want to hear from you.
    We want to share your legacy with those who have come later.
    So take some time to let us know what motivates and what grew
    From what was said or what was read which pushed you to be greater.

  • More water will be pumped from Suwannee Basin

    Unwavering in the face of what many scientists and environmentalists are saying is a water crisis, the Suwannee River Water Management District’s governing board handed out yet another million-gallon-per-day-plus water permit at its last meeting May 8.
    The latest permit, approved 7-2 by the board, will allow Stagecoach Properties, owned by Beaver Property Investments LLC., to suck about 1.25 million gallons of water per day to irrigate 717 acres in Suwannee County, part of the Upper Suwannee River Basin, for the next 20 years.

  • Recycling program makes return to Levy County

    The Levy County recycling program is back in business and trailers are being distributed around the county this week.
    The county pulled its recycling trailers in mid-February after the state closed a work camp that supplied inmate labor for sorting and handling the recyclables at the county landfill.
    The county received its first work crew from Lowell Correctional Institute on Monday after an inspection by the prison officer in charge of the inmate work crew program at Lowell.

  • Airport Committee reinstated

    Williston City Council reactivated its airport advisory committee last week, but put some conditions on it.
    The committee was deactivated several weeks ago while council mulled over three appointments and weighed what direction it wanted for the airport.
    Last week Elihu Ross and Charles Goodman, both new councilors, expressed an interested in filling two vacancies on the panel.
    By charter, two councilors should sit on the airport committee and after the last election, those two seats were empty.

  • Sean Mullins is April POY nominee

    Sean Mullins, a Williston native and resident, was chosen as April’s nominee in the Pioneer of the Year Contest.
    Mullins, a Levy County Sheriff’s deputy, was selected based on a letter of recommendation that called him the “visionary responsible for the Ride to Provide fund-raiser for the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens.” The ride has averaged over $10,000 in proceeds annually for the last five years.

  • Special events permits may be required; hearing in June

    If you are planning to hold a big wedding at your home or hold a fishing tournament, you won't need a special events permit with clearances from the building, sheriff's office, and public safety and health departments among others.
    But if you are planning a gathering that could draw the public, impact the neighbors, traffic, public safety, the environment or have outside effects, then you might need a special events permit under an ordinance being considered by the Levy County Commission.

  • Billy Hinote seeks District 2 seat on school board

    Billy Hinote, candidate for Levy County School Board District 2, issued this letter announcing his candidacy:
    “My name is Billy Hinote and I am a candidate for Levy County School Board District 2 and would like to let you know a few things about me.
    “I have resided in Levy County for 42 years. I graduated from Chiefland High School in 1978. Then I went to the IBEW Local 349 Electrical Trade School in Miami.

  • 21 arrested in Inglis, Williston drug raids

    In two days the Levy County Sheriff's Drug Task Force, the Inglis Police Department and the Citrus County Sheriff's Department swooped in on residences in Inglis and Williston arresting 21 people on a variety of drug charges.
    The raid at noon Thursday in Inglis wrapped up a two and a half year investigation, while the Williston raid on Friday came in an area where other arrests have been made.

  • Relay for Life nets more than $45,000

    It was 18 hours of pure emotion as hundreds of people flocked to Booster Stadium Saturday to celebrate life and the end of a full year of fund-raising designed to combat cancer.
    Williston’s Relay for Life kicked off at noon with the Survivors’ Lap. The expressions on the faces of those who walked the track ran the gamut from joy to sorrow, as many remembered those who lost the good fight.
    But all around the field was celebration, joy and reverie as teams surrounded the track in the infield with Derby Day motif campsites.

  • City picks Waste Pro

    Come June 1 Williston residents and businesses will have a new waste provider.
    During an almost four-hour meeting Tuesday night, the city council chose Waste Pro over four other bidders, including current provider WCA.
    Cost and services offered were the determining factors in the selection, with Councilor Jason Cason getting to the point quickly–the two were cost comparable but Waste Pro offered an extra man on the truck compared to WCA’s automated pickup.