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  • Grant would extend county's mental health services

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    There are efforts underway to bring a mental health court to Levy County, and a new grant approved by the county will support fact-finding and organizing that could help lead to its realization.

  • Site approved for RV park

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    A 180-acre site located on the southeastern edge of Williston has been approved by the county for use by a prospective RV park.

    Jose Morales’ requests for the site, which included changes to part of the property’s land-use designations, a rezoning as well as a special exception that is required by all prospective RV park sites, were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission Dec. 19.

    Public hearings were at the meeting before the adoption of the ordinances, and no objections were raised.

  • Council utters 'eminent domain'

    For over three years Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has tried to improve the area known as Block 12 to include a paved parking lot that would not only help current businesses, but perhaps attract new development to the area as well.

    However, for every step forward the CRA has made, it's almost as if it has taken two backward.

  • City hall scheduled for demolition

    Plans are moving at a brisk place in order to get city workers into a new city hall in 2018.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann told the city council Tuesday night that he is waiting on a facility use agreement with the School Board of Levy County in order to use the MP building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

    The building, located in front of the gym, is well suited for a temporary city hall, Lippman said.

  • Arrest made in double shooting

    An arrest was made Dec. 11 in connection with a double shooting that occurred Nov. 24 at Melvin and Alice’s Restaurant, east of Williston.

    Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Anthony Walter Vessels, 26, in Broward County and charged him with two counts of attempted murder.

    The victims were wounded by shotgun rounds fired by an unknown suspect. Following an extensive investigation, LCSO Investigator Justin Douglas was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Vessels.

  • Williston sets city election for March 6

    Three positions are up for grabs in the Williston City Election, scheduled for March 6.

    The mayoral seat, currently held by R. Gerald Hethcoat, is one of the slots that will be filled. Additionally, Group D, the seat held by current Council President Charles Goodman and Group E, held by Vice President Nancy Wininger are also available.

  • Good Samaritan administrators arrested for neglect

    The administrators at Williston’s Good Samaritan Retirement Home were arrested last week and charged with neglect of the elderly.

    The arrests came on the heels of many complaints over the past year, including several this month, including one that ended in the death of one of the home’s residents this past November.

    Arrested were Rhaimley Yap Romero, 31, of Apopka and Nenita Alfonso Sudeall, 48, of Williston.

    Romero Arrest

  • AirSign is world's largest airship operator

    Unless you're one of those people who drive around town just to satisfy curiosity or to keep an eye on things, you may not even know of its existence.

    However, in recent weeks, Airsign, owned and operated by Patrick Walsh, inked deals that will once again put Williston on the map and lead to positive economic development for the area.

  • Howitzer should stay in Epperson Park

    The WWII Howitzer that is in Williston's Epperson Park off SR 27A should stay where it is, members of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) agreed Monday night.

    The artillery piece has been in Williston for about 42 years, CRA member Nick Williams said, and except for being donated to the city, it has no real connection to Williston.

    There's been talk for about a year about moving it from Epperson Park to Heritage Park to help round out the Veterans Memorial and Heritage Walk.

  • Williston Animal Shelter takes first steps

    A drizzling rain wasn't enough to keep animal enthusiasts away from last week's symbolic start of the new Williston Animal Shelter.

    Members of Levy Animal Friends (LeAF), Williston Animal Group (WAG) and the city of Williston took gold shovels to turn the first bits of dirt into a 2,000 square foot facility that will have 16 kennels and a cat room.

    Private donations, fundraisers and grants will fund the quarter million dollars needed to complete the project, which will take about two years.