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  • CRA rejects Block 12 bids

    Without hesitation, Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) voted unanimously Monday night to reject all bids that were submitted for creating a paved parking lot in Block 12 – the area behind Main Street businesses.

    "I am still troubled we're talking about committing half of a million dollars to the project," City Manager Scott Lippmann told CRA members.

    At a meeting earlier this year, the CRA learned if the project went through as planned, it would drain the CRA's coffers until the next fiscal year.

  • Road improvements coming to north Williston

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday weighed bid requests for the widening and resurfacing of a four-mile stretch of County Road 343 north of Williston.

    The project site spans from C.R. 241 to U.S. Highway 41.

  • Two charged in Williston with growing pot

    Levy County deputies thought they were responding to an active burglary, but when they arrived on the scene at West Country Club Drive in Williston, they discovered a little bit more.

    According to a press release from the sheriff's office, someone called in a suspicious person's call April 2 and deputies were sent to investigate.

  • City Council has evening of information

    Some youth athletes were turned away this season because there just isn't enough space to accommodate the needs at the Williston Youth Athletic Association (WYAA).

    Carrie Murphy, WYAA president, told the Williston City Council Tuesday night that the group is experiencing its biggest season to date.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    A year-long fundraising effort aimed at eradicating cancer culminates this Saturday, April 1 with a party to end all parties.

    The annual Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, gets underway at 4 p.m. in a new location – Williston Elementary School.

    From 4 until midnight, the fun is plentiful as teams celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer.

    Teams will incorporate a Disney theme into their campsites and will offer games, food and fun as the fundraising efforts draw to a close.

  • Gas tax ordinance means higher Levy fuel prices

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    At the meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissions on March 21, the Commission took a step toward addressing the budget shortfall recently faced by the Road Department.

    Behind a four-fifths consensus – Commissioner Lilly Rooks declined to add her voice in support – the county began the process for instituting a five cent tax per gallon on non-diesel gasoline in the county.

  • Veterans Memorial Fund grows

    While one can never be sure, it appears the sadness and embarrassment that one Vietnam veteran feels due to the lack of a veterans memorial may be what tugged at heart strings – and purse clasps.

    After David Wilson appeared before the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) March 13 and expressed his concern that Williston didn't honor its veterans, the money started pouring in.

    From $100 for pavers to larger donations, just about every day the Veterans Memorial Fund has grown.

  • Levy County Fair opens Thursday

    Popcorn, cotton candy, the ferris wheel and more are all part of the allure when the Levy County Fair opens today (Thursday) at Williston’s Industrial Park, across from Horseman’s Park.

    The gates open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage.

    This year’s fair began last July when the fair association held its annual meeting. From then until now, 12 core volunteers and about three dozen more have planned, scheduled and negotiated to bring the best in family entertainment to Levy County and the surrounding area.

  • Levy County Fair Thursday-Sunday
  • Missing woman's body found in Chiefland

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The body of a missing woman from Manatee County was found buried in southwest Chiefland Monday.

    Tricia Freeman, 47, was reported missing last Tuesday in Palmetto, located approximately 40 miles south of Tampa.

    Roy Nichols, 26, the boyfriend of Freeman’s daughter, admitted to murdering Freeman, after he and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer, were taken into custody Saturday in Cabell County, West Virginia, for allegedly stealing Freeman’s car.