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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    The funds, made available through a USDA grant, came back to the city for the purpose of upgrading outdated technology equipment in the police department.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

  • Montbrook mine hearing is Feb. 21

    A special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in Montbrook that the Levy County Planning Commission recommended be denied will get a hearing from the Levy County Commission on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. 

    This is the second time a mine has been proposed on the same site. Seven years ago the planning board recommended a similar permit be declined after residents protested and the appeal to the county commission died before being heard. 

  • 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.

  • Chapter 48 Revision
  • Frank Etheridge retires

     Drummond Community Bank bid farewell to long-time banker and friend, Frank Etheridge when he retired Dec. 31 after 43 years of banking.

    Among his many accomplishments, Etheridge led Perkins State Bank as president, CEO and Chair of the Board. 

  • 'It's time'

     

    For nearly two decades Mary Kline has been the face of the Williston Chamber of Commerce, but come this Sunday – New Year's Day – that changes as Mary slides into a well-deserved retirement with her husband, Darrell by her side.

    "I'm really ambivalent," she said her last full day of work, Dec. 22. "The closer I get to it, the more I wonder if I'll go crazy. But I am excited as a whole chapter is closing."

  • Ken Griner chosen rancher/farmer of the year

     Ken Griner is one busy man.