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Today's News

  • Sex offender arrested; more charges pending

    A Williston man who failed to meet conditions for his release was arrested May 5 and now an investigation continues about why he may not have met those obligations.

    Christopher L. Caffie, 24, of 3731 NE 217 Court, Williston, was charged for failure to comply with Sex Offender registration requirements.

    Caffie was convicted of a felony sexual offense in 2012 and is required to register with the Sheriff’s Office two times a year.

  • CRA begins memorial work

    The veterans memorial will be a reality but before a monument or paver of any kind can be put in Heritage Park, there's much work that needs to be done.

    Monday night, Ken Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) presented his committee with a survey of the area that dates back several years when the memorial was a vision.

  • Veterans' Memorial gets a much needed push

    Two large contributions and a lot of hard work by a few dedicated volunteers have pushed the fund for a Veterans' Memorial past the original goal.

    Three years ago, when the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first conceived the notion of a memorial, donations were slow to come in and the bricks that honored veterans were only purchased sporadically.

    In March, David Wilson, himself a veteran, told the CRA he was "saddened and embarrassed" by the lack of a memorial.

  • Litter ordinance discussed

    Fed up with the amount of trash that is dotting the city's parks and streets, Tuesday night the city council directed staff to begin a draft of a litter ordinance that carries substantial punitive measures for those who are caught littering.

    However, Police Chief Dennis Strow said there is already a state statute that addresses litter and it carries with it a fine and/or jail time. Strow said oftentimes a state statute supersedes a municipal ordinance.

  • County enacts burn ban

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners has enacted Emergency Declaration 2017-018 and Emergency Order 2017-019 establishing a burn ban throughout the unincorporated areas of Levy County.

    This is an executive emergency order due to the extreme dry conditions that affect the county.

    Levy County has suffered massive losses in the past from unintentional fires caused by unattended or irresponsibly set fires.

  • Crash at airport kills all four on board

     

    A Georgia family of four was killed this weekend when their 1948 Cessna 170 crashed after take off at the Williston Municipal Airport.

    Clay Connolly, Williston Deputy Chief of Police, said the police and fire departments were notified about the crash around 1:12 p.m. Easter Sunday.

    It was only after the investigation began that law enforcement personnel began piecing the facts together and determined that the aircraft crashed some time after 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

  • CRA rejects Block 12 bids

    Without hesitation, Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) voted unanimously Monday night to reject all bids that were submitted for creating a paved parking lot in Block 12 – the area behind Main Street businesses.

    "I am still troubled we're talking about committing half of a million dollars to the project," City Manager Scott Lippmann told CRA members.

    At a meeting earlier this year, the CRA learned if the project went through as planned, it would drain the CRA's coffers until the next fiscal year.

  • Williston veteran 'saddened, embarrassed' by lack of memorial

    David Wilson's roots in Williston go back generations. His grandparents once owned a boarding house where Hardee's now stands.

    He grew up here, graduated from high school here and years after returning from Vietnam a decorated veteran, he came back here to live. Two of his children live here.

    He loves this town – this community.

  • Exercise caution; vigilance

    Williston is a safe community.

    Police Chief Dennis Strow wants to keep it that way and he's asking the city's residents for their help.

    In the last few weeks, there have been several vehicle break-ins within the city, and two cars were stolen. Both of those cars were found – one because it ran out of gas and the other abandoned.

    "Creepers", people who wander around looking for unlocked vehicles are most likely the suspects, the chief said.

  • Levy County ROCKS

    The death of a loved one may seem unbearable but thinking that loved one may not be remembered may be worse.

    Shari Raymond of Williston is doing something to ensure her brother, Boo, who died in December is not forgotten and she’s encouraging others to follow her lead.

    Levy County ROCKS, Raymond’s simple, yet poignant, project is rapidly covering Williston and before long, she hopes it encompasses all of Levy County.

    You may have encountered it but didn’t know it. That’s about to change.