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  • Montbrook fossil dig will go down as one of Florida's largest

    Towering pine trees line a long dirt road that’s often dotted with a random grazing cow. Occasionally a squirrel or bird makes an unexpected appearance.

    The picturesque drive, one of the thousands in Montbrook, leads to a land that time forgot. Until 2015.

  • Monument plans move forward

    Now that a date has been set to dedicate the veterans' memorial in Williston's Heritage Park, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) knows it's under the gun to get the ceremony planned.

    "The onus is on us to coordinate," CRA Chairman Kenneth Schwiebert said to his board Monday night. In addition to sending invitations to state dignitaries, there's also a lot of pre-planning to do before the May 19 day arrives.

  • County may join lawsuit

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    In a scene reminiscent of the successful lawsuits against Big Tobacco in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies have become a target for their role in the opioid crisis.

  • Council wants answers

    It was a 90-minute Williston Council meeting that had only one agenda item for discussion.

    President Charles Goodman told his council that he'd try to keep the communication segment to 10 minutes, but it was evident that it would be a broken vow once the specifics of the new city hall came into the spotlight.

    Goodman, a contractor, said he'd spent 10-12 hours reviewing a 314-page document about the building and asked council members what they remembered for the roof.

  • Active threat training next week

    The Community Relations Division of the Levy County Sheriff's Office will hold an Active Threat Response class from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Williston Woman's Club, 1049 NE 6th Blvd, Williston.

    The class will help individuals and groups to be better prepared by knowing how to respond in this type of situation. The class is an hour long, with a question and answer following. It is open to anyone age 18 and older.

  • Memorial dedication set for May 19

    It's been almost a decade in the making and at long last Willistonians will have something tangible to commemorate our nation's veterans.

    Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency, (CRA) announced Monday that a dedication ceremony for the Veterans' Memorial in Heritage Park will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19.

    The monument and bricks commemorating veterans are scheduled for installation mid-April.

    A time and schedule of the day's events will be announced at a later date.

  • The JUUL: Old dog with new tricks

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    It’s the tale as old as time, and the song as old as rhyme. When it comes to the tobacco industry, it has always been clever in its endeavors of attracting a youthful, impressionable demographic.

    The latest craze among our teens is called “JUULing”, a phrase that refers to the new alternative cigarette company brand JUUL.

    The company builds e-cigarettes that are in the guise of a USB thumb drive that plugs discreetly into your computer.

  • Businesses of the Year

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    Williston businesses were in the spotlight last Saturday when the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership banquet and installation of officers.

     With a certain je ne sais quoi, local business leaders and their guests were immersed in the Parisian culture without the hassle of booking their accommodations or losing luggage.

  • Williston backs off from middle school project

    A meeting among Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann, City Attorney Fred Koberlein and Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) President Johnnie Jones resulted with the city backing away from the Williston Middle School project.

    Koberlein told the council Tuesday night that his legal opinion is for the MFA to present its plan to develop the property to the School Board of Levy County.

  • Gala raises money for education

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The theme of the 2018 Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Superintendent’s Gala Feb. 17 was, “Planting seeds of knowledge that grow forever.”

    That theme for the Gala, one of two major annual fundraisers for the non-profit, which supplements education funding in the county through scholarships and other means, could just as well have been, “good food, good entertainment and a good cause.”