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  • Decorate for Independence Day

    It's time to put your best patriot foot forward.

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all businesses and residences in the area to decorate for Independence Day.

    Bring out the bunting, fly the flag, rim your house in red, white and blue lights.

    To make it a little more interesting, there will be a contest and the winner in each division (business, residential) will win lunch for four, a certificate of bragging rights and a cash prize.

  • Does your city property flood?

     

    If you live in or own property within the city of Williston and it's prone to flooding after hard rains, there are people who want to talk with you.

    Thursday, July 13 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Williston City Council Chambers at city hall, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) will host an open house to gather information and investigate issues that residents bring before them.

  • Bond set at $5 million each

    Bond was set at $5 million each for two men accused of sex crimes against a child.

    Jason Allen Fisher, 35, and Ronald Arthur Adams, 59, were arrested June 21 by investigators from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and charged with multiple sex crimes against a child victim.

  • LDS Youth 'Ask of God'

    Approximately 75 youth and 25 adult leaders from the Gainesville Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converged on Williston last Saturday as part of their youth conference.

    The conference theme was “Ask of God” with reference to James 1:5 and stresses the importance of service.

    It culminated with the youth picking up trash on Williston’s streets and interacting with citizens.

    After lunch, Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat expressed to the youth his appreciation for their service and the example they set for other youth

  • Despite the rain, we're still in a drought

    Even though many are in search of waders or an ark, last week's heavy rains haven't been enough and this part of Florida is still in a drought with a water shortage.

    On May 23, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board issued the Second Modification to Water Shortage Order No. SWF 2017-014, which elevated the existing water shortage declaration for all 16 counties within the district's jurisdiction due to the continuing drought conditions.

  • 'Let Freedom Ring' parade needs entrants

    “Let Freedom Ring” – that’s what folks in Williston will do Monday, July 3 when the city of Williston hosts the annual Pre-Fourth Extravaganza.

    The city-sponsored festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a parade down Noble Avenue. Floats, marching units and of course, the horses will carry out the Let Freedom Ring theme.

    City Clerk Fran Taylor said last week the parade needs more entrants, especially horses. If you or your organization would like to participate in the festivities, call Taylor at city hall at 528-3060.

  • Low-cost spay/neuter termed a success

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and county veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians. 

  • LDS youth will tackle Williston trash Saturday
  • Watch for youth

    This Saturday, June 10, more than 100 youth and adults from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be out in full force in the city of Williston as they complete a clean up project.

    The youth, and their leaders, are coming from all around the region to work in Williston as part of a mission service project beginning at 9 a.m.

    Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat asks motorists to slow down through town Saturday morning since the young missionaries will be walking and working on public rights-of-way.

  • Williston gets a clean audit

    The department heads for the city of Williston have kept a tight rein on their finances and Tuesday night, their efforts were lauded.

    Helen Painter from Purvis, Gray & Co., the firm contracted to perform the annual audit, brought good news to the city council.

    "It's a job well done," she told council members.

    For the last few years, Painter has been rectifying items pointed out in a management letter and this year marks the second consecutive auditing season where nothing needed to be addressed.