Local News

  • Road to be named for Ellzey

    A portion of Hwy. 19 in Otter Creek will be dedicated to the memory of A. Haygood Ellzey, the only Levy County Sheriff's officer killed in the line of duty.

    The dedication for Deputy Ellzey will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25 at the northbound lane sign in Otter Creek.

  • Council president explains last week's 'power bump'

    Last Wednesday the power in the city of Williston flickered as many as 17 times in a short span of time, leaving businesses and residents wondering what in the world was going on.

    Tuesday night, Councilwoman Nancy Wininger asked for answers.

    President Charles Goodman said he had some knowledge to share since he had been a part of it with many people reaching out to him for explanations.

  • Williston Council has egg on its face

    The absence of Williston's city manager at the city council meeting Tuesday night left the council unable to make time sensitive decisions and repeatedly apologizing for its lack of action.

    Oelrich Construction, the company contracted to build a new Williston City Hall, had hoped to begin demolition on the old building later this month.

    In order for that to happen, the city staff has to vacate the premises and had hoped to begin moving into the M building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

  • Superintendent warns of amendment proposals threatening local control

    Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Edison is weary of state amendment proposals that are in the pipeline that would limit local control for school boards, and he cautioned the Levy County Commission that those measures are part of an overall trend from state leadership that is likely to affect local government.

  • Take precautions with freezing temps looming

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is urging local residents and business owners to take preventative measures to protect pipes, irrigation systems and even crops as many across the District face freezing temperatures throughout the week.

    Weather forecasts are predicting three nights of hard and light freezes (sustained temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the District; including the possibility of hail and/or frozen precipitation Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.

  • AirSign Blimp will dock at airport

    If you've always wanted to get up close and personal with an airship (blimp), you'll get your chance Monday, Jan. 8 when AirSign docks The American Blimp Company’s A-60 Airship at Williston Municipal Airport. Guided tours will be available from 9-11 a.m.

    Future plans include, AirSign locating up to seven blimps permanently at Williston Airport with up to 130 new jobs in the first year.

    AirSign, owned by Patrick Walsh, recently acquired two other companies, making AirSign the largest in the world.

  • Couple charged with child neglect

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    A couple found unconscious in their vehicle Dec. 19, while parked at the fuel pumps at Circle K face charges of child neglect, according to Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavits.

    Courtney R. Hyche, 21, of Inglis, and Brandon C. Pickel, 23, of Williston, were both found unconscious by law enforcement authorities upon their arrival at the convenience store at 11946 N. Williams St., the report stated. After speaking with a store employee, it was determined the pair were unconscious for approximately 30 minutes.

  • 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.