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  • Levy wish list is a long one

    One thing was certain at last week’s Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing: The county and its municipalities have a lot of needs.

    For state Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala, R-District 22, and Sen. Rob Bradley of Green Cove, R-District 5, it may be a busy legislative session trying to pack in every earnest request for their help.

  • Police officers to get raises

    Saying he doesn't have a pool of qualified applicants to choose from for police officers, Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow appealed to the city council Tuesday night to grant raises for existing officers and increase starting pay for new hires.

    Strow said starting pay in Williston for officers is $30,000 annually and because trained officers can make more in other areas, he is out of the competitive field to attract applicants.

    The chief said he had surveyed 15 different areas and Williston came in 14th in the salary department.

  • Marijuana moratorium heads to public hearing

    A nine-month moratorium in Levy County on the opening of any medical marijuana dispensaries passed its first public hearing without comment on Tuesday and will have a second public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse.

  • Biker dies in Bronson accident

    A motorcyclist from Archer died shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in a collision with a van on U.S. Highway 27A in front of Weeks Marathon station in Bronson, according to a Florida Highway Patrol Report.

    Michael Blanton, 41, the biker, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver in the accident, Donna Cohoon, 60, of Bronson, sustained minor injury.

  • City tells residents noise problem is not its problem

    Dwayne Williams has appeared before the Williston City Council a half dozen times over the last few months asking for resolution to what he and his neighbors perceive as a noise problem near the drying sheds of Williston Peanuts in the east end of the city.

    Williams and many of his neighbors have alleged that during peanut season, the business creates so much noise that they cannot enjoy their lives – from socializing to sleeping.

    Last week, Williams made another appearance before the council, asking once again what the city planned to do.

  • Chapter 48 Revision
  • Semi collides with truck

    Zina Braddy, known for her infectious smile as a customer service representative at the Williston Winn Dixie, was seriously injured in an accident Jan. 4.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Braddy, 53, of Bronson was traveling east on U.S. 27A in the outside lane when a 1998 Peterbilt semi, driven by Richard Allen Bryan, 48, of Williston, made a right turn from 140th Court directly into the path of Braddy’s 2003 GMC Sierra.

  • Seeking Miss Williston contestants

    The GFWC Williston Jr Woman's Club's Miss Williston 2017 is quickly approaching. I

    f you know of a young lady ages 4-6; 11-13 or 15-18, please contact Scarlett McGowan (352)558-4152 or mcgowan@ymail.com.

    Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, Jan. 17. 

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  • MLK Parade Saturday 10 a.m.
  • Williston receives $100k grant

    Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow believes when you find something good, you should share it.

    Monday, Strow and the city of Williston did just that when they hosted a dedication ceremony to share what $100,000 can do.

    The funds, made available through a USDA grant, came back to the city for the purpose of upgrading outdated technology equipment in the police department.

    The department also received a grant to purchase two fully equipped patrol vehicles.