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Today's News

  • Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.

  • Change is coming for Williston property owners

    Over the course of the next few months, decisions will be made by city residents that will affect Williston property owners for years to come.

    In its quest to clean up Williston and make it both aesthetically pleasing and structurally safe, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) will be making recommendations to tighten city codes and stiffen penalties for those owners who fail to comply with the law.

  • Laughter is the secret

    M assaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt’s gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.

  • Bullseye

    By Sean Arnold

    The Olympic athlete’s quest is a grueling trek, requiring relentless self-discipline, with few short-term rewards.

    For Bronson resident and silver medalist Jake Kaminski, the path was even more difficult as he prepared for next month’s 2016 Rio Olympics, where he will represent the U.S. in archery for the second straight summer games.

  • Stegall turns down county job

    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall, the No. 1 ranked choice for director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, has turned down the salary offer of $79,000 to start with a rise to $85,000 in six months. He also asked for and was granted approval for at least two weeks of vacation time to go on pre-paid trips.

  • Williston in good financial shape

    The city's financial officer gave his report on the first half of the year, ending in April, and things are looking rosy.

    Financial Officer Steve Bloom presented the report to the City Council at its Tuesday, July 5, meeting noting that by the end of April the city was 58.3 percent of the way through the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, 2015. 

    Some of Bloom's highlights:

  • Grades slip for schools

    By Sean Arnold

    Amid a statewide decline in school grades under new testing measures, the Levy County school district fell from a “B” to a “C” in this year’s preliminary district grades, released Friday by the Florida Department of Education. 

    The district missed a “B” by two percentage points.

  • Candidate forum is July 23

    There will be a Levy County Candidate Forum on Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Williston Community Center at 50 N.W. Main St., Williston. The primary election on Aug. 30 for county offices will be a universal primary open to all voters regardless of party registration and will serve as a “general election” for offices where all the candidates are of one party. 

  • Williston gets legal protection

    The Williston City Council has approved its attorney's suggestion that all city purchase orders have wording that limits its liability to what is allowed by state statute. 

  • Bronson Council discusses parking improvements

    By Sean Arnold

    At its meeting on July 5, the Bronson town council applauded another successful run of its annual Fourth of July celebration at James H. Cobb Park, while discussing the need for a more robust parking solution.