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  • County weighs in on medical marijuana

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The state has begun to clarify its position on the regulation of marijuana dispensaries after voters passed a ballot measure last November to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Florida.

    Levy County currently has a moratorium banning the sale of medical marijuana, but it will soon have to make a somewhat longer-term decision.

    At the recent meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners, Board chair John Meeks reported some of his findings on the issue from the Florida Association of Counties Conference.

  • Williston granted waiver for gas pipeline burial

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    There’s a discrepancy between Levy County and the Florida Department of Transportation in how deep a gas pipeline must be buried along their respective right-of-ways.

    The origin of the standard is unclear, but the county requires a minimum of 5 feet from the ground to the top of a pipe, while the FDOT’s standard – as well as the federal requirement – is 36 inches (3 feet).

  • Council negates P&Z's recommendation

    After a lengthy quasi-judicial hearing where five people gave testimony on a proposed subdivision, the Williston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a variance request that had been, in part, denied by the city's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Board.

    At its June 27 meeting, P&Z approved two of the five requests sought by developer John Curtis for his Covington development, located on CR 316 and SR 41 near the new middle high school.

  • Chamber of Commerce Mixer is full of surprises

    A family's pet may be one more life that is saved during a house fire thanks to the community-led efforts by PuroClean.

    Kim McLane is spearheading the fundraiser to ensure that at least one animal breathing apparatus is in place with each of the county's fire departments.

    At the Williston Chamber of Commerce mixer, hosted last week by PuroClean, the first respirator was presented to Williston Fire and Rescue.

  • We all cheered for Williston

     By Dylan Robertson

  • Independence Day Parade 5 p.m. July 3
  • Williston man charged with false imprisonment

    A Williston man was arrested last week and charged with the false imprisonment of a woman he allegedly picked up in another county before bringing her to a NE 200th Avenue residence in Williston.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Willie C. McCray, a 10-time felon, was charged with two counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, false imprisonment, depriving a person of 911, felony battery and resisting an officer.

  • First steps toward new city hall taken

    Before there can be a new Williston City Hall there must be a plan.

    Last week, the Williston City Council voted to get the ball rolling when it agreed to pay more than $200,000 for Oelrich Construction to draft a design and prepare cost estimates for construction.

    Initially it was thought the cost for a new municipal building will cost in excess of $2 million, but last Tuesday it was agreed there is no way to discern actual costs until later.

    Factoring into that cost will be materials for inside and what will be used for the façade.

  • Baseball coach Scott Hall hangs up his cleats

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Over the last six years, the Williston High School baseball program has enjoyed the heights of success unmatched in any sport ever at the school.

    Now, the man steering the ship over that span is leaving to join an old friend.

    Red Devils' baseball coach Scott Hall, who has also served as dean of students and athletic director at WMHS, is headed to the Florida Panhandle, where he’ll be the dean and head baseball coach at Port St. Joe High School.

  • Subdivision requests headed to city council

    A proposed subdivision that's been more than two years in development is heading to Williston City Council after the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee spent over 90 minutes Tuesday night discussing the applicant's requests for five variances.

    Covington, located on CR 316 and SR 41 near the new middle high school, is a proposed subdivison with small lots, porch living and minimal front yards. It was originally platted in 1958 when the property was in the unincorporated area of the county.