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  • Spay, neuter program enjoys successful launch

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Animal Services is introducing a free trap-neuter-release program in an effort to rein in the county’s feral cat problem.

    The program had its first run Jan. 25, and it was more successful than Darlene Esler, DVM, LCAS staff veterinarian, could have imagined.

  • Qualifying begins Monday

    Voters in the city of Williston will head to the polls April 10 to choose a councilman for "Group A", recently vacated by Kori Lamb, who moved outside the city limits.

    The winning candidate will fill Lamb's unexpired term that ends April 8, 2019.

    Qualifying for the position begins Monday, Feb. 19 at noon and ends Friday, Feb. 23, also at noon.

    Applications and fees ($29) may be submitted to City Clerk Fran Taylor at the temporary city hall, located in the MP building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

  • Another monument challenge

    Karlton Norton, owner of Karlton's Heating and Air, Inc. in Williston not only made a donation to the veterans' memorial fund Tuesday, he also threw down the gauntlet.

    As he passed over his check for $500, he said, "I'd like to challenge all the other heating and air professionals in the community to do the same thing.

    "It (the memorial)means a lot to me," he said, "because without veterans, there would be no businesses."

    The memorial, located in Williston's Heritage Park, is scheduled for completion in April.

  • Dawn of A New Communications Day
  • Guardian Angels wins national award

    Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, located in Williston was honored Jan. 20 with the 2018 VETTY Award for its outstanding efforts in Veterans Mental Health.

    Founder and CEO Carol Borden and National Canine Program Director Nate Burney accepted the award at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

  • MFA still wants school

    Johnnie Jones admitted to Williston City Council that it was the headline in last week's Williston Pioneer that brought him back before the council.

    Jones, president of the Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA), a 501 (c)(3), told the council Tuesday that his group is still very much interested in re-purposing the old Williston Middle School, and its only stumbling block is the $2 million price tag the School Board of Levy County attached to it.

  • End of an era as city hall demolition begins

    The trees were among the first things to go, and soon everything else will follow suit.

    Monday demolition began on Williston City Hall and it will continue through the week.

    Utility supervisor CJ Zimoski said the Deodar cedars that graced the city hall lawn will be milled and used as decor in the new building, slated for completion in early autumn.

  • BOCC quizzes FDOT on trouble spots

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Board of Levy County Commissioners argue that the county’s unique traffic patterns might be preventing the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) from properly measuring its worst traffic hazards along state highways.

    At the County Commission meeting Jan. 23, they voiced those concerns to Jeff Scott, the District Safety Program Engineer for the FDOT, who reported on recommendations from safety reviews concerning four potentially problem roadways along state roads in the county.

  • City deals with more miscommunication

    Crystal Pinkston told Williston City Council last week she had paid for a process that she did not receive and she wants to know why.

    Pinkston, who owns Pinkston Investments, rehabilitates vacant and rundown houses to make affordable rental homes within the city, she said.

    Months ago, she made application to de-annex a property on NW 7th Street and was charged $970 by City Manager Scott Lippmann.

  • City mulling gift of old middle school

    It’s been over 18 months since the Ministerial Faith Alliance announced its intent to buy and repurpose the old Williston Middle School.

    And while the MFA has held meetings and garnered community support, the property is still under the ownership of the School Board of Levy County.

    Last week, City Manager Scott Lippmann told the Williston City Council the school board wants to change that.