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  • Farmers market to open March 7

    Levy County Farmers' Market grand opening will be Saturday March 7. The market will be open early in the morning every Saturday at its location at Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. 6th Ave., in Williston (intersection of Southeast 4th Street and Southeast 6th Avenue).

    The farmers' market will offer organic produce, herbs, teas, baked goods, crafts-jewelry, candles, plants, herbs, honey and lots more.

  • Faade grants to spruce up downtown

    Williston’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) is encouraging downtown businesses to spruce up with the help of façade improvement grants, which will total $10,000 for this year alone.

    The thrust of the effort is to restore the historic feel of downtown Williston by returning core buildings to their original appearance.

    Grants are available up to $5,000 for a single façade. Grants for lesser amounts may be awarded. 

  • City asks: What's in it for us?

    “What is Williston going to get from the stimulus package?” asked Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat toward the end of Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

    What do we have that is “shovel ready” and how do we apply for the grants needed to secure the funds to do it?

  • Not much stimulus help coming to county

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s meeting with tri-county elected officials was a case of good news-bad news.

    The good news is the stimulus bill passed.

    The bad news is not everyone will be satisfied.

    Nelson met with elected officials from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton Tuesday afternoon as part of a briefing tour. Nelson had visited Polk County earlier in the day and had later meetings in Live Oak and Monticello.

  • This weekend's events

    Livestock awards

    from Fair planned

    The Levy County Fair Association will be holding an Awards Presentation for the livestock exhibitors from the 2008 county fair on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Williston Heritage Park on Main Street.

    Refreshments will be served and there will be live music; please bring your own chair. The exhibitors from the Creative Arts program and the public are also invited.

    5,000-pound event

    kicks off Saturday

  • Meeting set to discuss 121 plans

    The work on State Road 121 between U.S. 41 in Williston and the Alachua County line is scheduled to begin the near future, although no specific date has been announced.

    In an effort to provide citizens with more information about the project, representatives of the Florida Department of Transportation will hold an informal question and answer session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the city council chambers, directly preceding the city council meeting.

  • CRA reflects on past and future work

    At its meeting on Monday evening, Williston’s Community Redevelopment Association took a look back at its accomplishments in 2008 and looked forward to 2009 and the ensuing years.

  • City discusses alcohol sales

    The Tuesday evening meeting of the Williston City Council began quietly and predictably enough.

    The mayor awarded certificates of achievement and King Munchie’s pizza coupons to the students of the month for February: Riley Battle from Joyce Bullock Elementary School; Ryan Battle of Williston Elementary (yes, they’re siblings); Laquisha Hill of Williston Middle School; and Kenya Gardner of Williston High School.

  • City's seniors can get extra exemption

    Senior citizens in Williston may be entitled to an additional Homestead Exemption to be applied to millage rates levied by the city.

    Ordinance 496 allows for such additional exemptions for people 65 and over who have an existing homestead exemption. The total income for all members of the household must not exceed $26,500 for 2008. That number has been adjusted for the cost of living in each of the years in which the exemption has been in force.

    The Levy County Property Appraiser’s Office has a simple one-page application to be filled out.

  • Underground pot operation found

    An elaborate underground pot-growing operation that even had its own 100 kilowatt electrical generator has been put out of business and two persons arrested by the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.