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  • 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.

  • Exercise caution; vigilance

    Williston is a safe community.

    Police Chief Dennis Strow wants to keep it that way and he's asking the city's residents for their help.

    In the last few weeks, there have been several vehicle break-ins within the city, and two cars were stolen. Both of those cars were found – one because it ran out of gas and the other abandoned.

    "Creepers", people who wander around looking for unlocked vehicles are most likely the suspects, the chief said.

  • Nitrates contaminating springs' basin

    Five times more nitrates than should be present are destroying the Rainbow Springs Basin and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking steps to correct it.

    Tuesday night, the EPD's Mary Paulic told the Williston City Council that the nitrate concentration is too high and algal mats now cover vegetation and the river bottom. Those mats block sunlight and could be detrimental to marine life.

    Agriculture accounts for the largest percentage of nitrogen in the water, she said, but septic tanks also contribute.

  • Puppy Love

    By the time the sun set Valentine's Day, 35 Florida canines had traveled over 1,210 miles to their new homes in Reading, Penn. via Williston Municipal Aiport.

    Lucky Puppy Rescue volunteer Jessica Quinn drove from Bonifay Tuesday morning with the dogs to put them on an airplane bound for their forever homes.

    FlyPups founder and volunteer pilot Matt Kiener loaded the dogs in his plane and by 11:30 was ready to take off to Reading where foster homes are ample and adoptions are already in progress.

  • Black History Month Celebrated

    For two hours last Friday, the lives of 11 black Levy Countians who worked to make a difference in their communities were honored during the annual Black History Celebration at the Levy County Courthouse.

    Hosted by Chiefland’s Carolyn Cohens, the celebration in its 16th year, brought friends and families together to pay tribute to senior adults who forged pathways for new generations.

    Photos of the 11 were on display among Cohens’ original artwork that depicted scenes of black lives past and present.

  • Block 12 could drain CRA's account

    It started with $163,000 and Monday night over $511,000 was added to it. If all comes to pass, it could cost the city of Williston more than $674,000.

    "It" is Block 12, the area between Main and NE 1st Streets and for the last three years, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has relentlessly pursued its purchase and reformation.

    Seeking ways to further economic development while creating useful parking space, the CRA purchased the property from the owners. All but two owners, John Patrick and Michael Pesso, were on board.