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Today's News

  • City deals with more miscommunication

    Crystal Pinkston told Williston City Council last week she had paid for a process that she did not receive and she wants to know why.

    Pinkston, who owns Pinkston Investments, rehabilitates vacant and rundown houses to make affordable rental homes within the city, she said.

    Months ago, she made application to de-annex a property on NW 7th Street and was charged $970 by City Manager Scott Lippmann.

  • BOCC quizzes FDOT on trouble spots

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Board of Levy County Commissioners argue that the county’s unique traffic patterns might be preventing the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) from properly measuring its worst traffic hazards along state highways.

    At the County Commission meeting Jan. 23, they voiced those concerns to Jeff Scott, the District Safety Program Engineer for the FDOT, who reported on recommendations from safety reviews concerning four potentially problem roadways along state roads in the county.

  • Power flickers send consumers to council

    A half dozen or more Williston business owners and residents put the city council on notice Tuesday night that they will hold the council accountable for their electric service – or lack of it.

    Dixie Howell told the council that service has declined over the past several years and not only are the constant outages inconvenient, they are also detrimental to her business, Dixie's Antiques on Noble Avenue. That point was echoed by Katherine Inman, owner of Klover Leaf Tack on 7th Avenue.

  • Save the date for the Williston Chamber's banquet

    If you’re looking for a reprieve to the doldrums of winter, join the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce this February for an escape to Paris.

    Envision a walk along the Seine, pose for a picture at the Eiffel Tower, feast on Brie or macaroons and sip Cabernet Sauvignon as you mingle with your friends and neighbors.

    Your passport to an evening of fun, romance and wickedly delightful pastries is now available if you attend the Chamber’s Annual Banquet, held Saturday, Feb. 24 in the parish hall at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7353 US-27A, Williston.

  • Lamb resigns council post

    The city of Williston will hold a special election in about 60 days to fill the vacancy left by Councilman Kori Lamb's resignation Tuesday night.

    Lamb has sold his Williston home and is moving into the unincorporated area of the county. His term expires in 2019.

  • DOH urges flu shots now

     By Wesley Asbell

    Special to the Pioneer

    In Florida and throughout the United States, flu activity is on the rise. In Levy County, we are currently seeing moderate influenza activity that is actively increasing. There was a sharp increase this past week (Jan. 9-16) among all age groups.

  • Council agrees to city hall contract

    Flexibility.

    That was the word used most often Friday during an emergency called meeting of the Williston City Council to discuss whether the city will get a new municipal building.

    Stephen Bloom, the city's contracted Chief Financial Officer, told the council (with Elihu Ross absent) that he had prepared several financing scenarios, all of which are designed to give the city maximum flexibility when acquiring the $2.5 million it needs for construction.

  • Williston Council has egg on its face

    The absence of Williston's city manager at the city council meeting Tuesday night left the council unable to make time sensitive decisions and repeatedly apologizing for its lack of action.

    Oelrich Construction, the company contracted to build a new Williston City Hall, had hoped to begin demolition on the old building later this month.

    In order for that to happen, the city staff has to vacate the premises and had hoped to begin moving into the M building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

  • Council utters 'eminent domain'

    For over three years Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has tried to improve the area known as Block 12 to include a paved parking lot that would not only help current businesses, but perhaps attract new development to the area as well.

    However, for every step forward the CRA has made, it's almost as if it has taken two backward.

  • Site approved for RV park

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    A 180-acre site located on the southeastern edge of Williston has been approved by the county for use by a prospective RV park.

    Jose Morales’ requests for the site, which included changes to part of the property’s land-use designations, a rezoning as well as a special exception that is required by all prospective RV park sites, were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission Dec. 19.

    Public hearings were at the meeting before the adoption of the ordinances, and no objections were raised.