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  • Meeting Thursday night for Williston residents
  • I-75 will remain open

     Today, the Florida Department of Transportation announced that I-75 will remain open, as flood waters have been receding on the Santa Fe River. As of this morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe. 

     

    On Wednesday, FDOT and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that due to unprecedented flooding of the Santa Fe River, there was a potential for I-75 to close for motorist safety.

     

  • MANDATORY EVACUATION FOR LEVY COUNTY

     MANDATORY EVACUATION has been ordered for Levy County residents beginning at 4 p.m. today, September 8, 2017.

  • Bracing for Irma

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    As Floridians, we have certainly had our fair share of hurricanes. For some, it even calls for a quick run by the liquor cabinet to watch the storm unfold outside. Hurricane Irma is not your average hurricane. Residents need to stay prepared and vigilant. As the coverage unfolds on this powerful storm system, the unpredictable nature of these storms can be daunting.

  • Mystery Solved

    The large evergreens that dot the lawn at Williston City Hall have been a hot topic for more than a year.

    At first, there were complaints that they weren't taken care of properly then some said they're too large for the grounds. Some people wanted them removed; others protested, declaring their beauty – and novelty.

    These are no ordinary trees. In fact, they're native to the Himalayas. How did they get to Williston?

  • The local number with no name

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    At any given moment, on any given day: say that you are settling in for the long work day ahead and either your cell phone or home phone rings. “A local number? Should I answer?” More so than ever, residents of the area have been asking themselves this very question, and most likely it isn’t who you think it is.

  • Here we go

    Before there can be bricks, or a monument or even a path, there must be a lot of hard, dirty work. This week, Williston city workers began the installation of a storm drain in Heritage Park in the first step of many toward the Veterans Memorial, scheduled to be dedicated Nov. 11.

  • Courthouse renovations go out for bid

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County needs a new courthouse, but the project is too cost-prohibitive at the moment.

    That’s what Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, found in exploring the courthouse’s infrastructure needs and the options available.

    However, he concluded there are affordable short-term options available to address its pair of most pressing security needs.

  • BACE rejects variance request

    Residents always have the right to make application for variance requests, but just because a request is made, it doesn't mean it will happen or that it's even lawful.

    Judy Marino learned that lesson the hard way Monday night after more than 30 minutes of testimony before the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE).

    Marino asked that she be allowed to place a manufactured home on 3.5 acres she owns on NE 6th Blvd.

  • Representative garners Levy support for texting bill

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Emily Slosberg, a Democratic State Representative from Boca Raton, was a long way from her home district.

    But in her visit to Levy County earlier this month, she found common ground in support of her cause – passing stricter texting-while-driving laws.

    Her passion has led her on a statewide campaign to drum up support to pressure the legislature to strengthen the state’s texting and driving laws.