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Today's News

  • Good Samaritan administrators arrested for neglect

    The administrators at Williston’s Good Samaritan Retirement Home were arrested last week and charged with neglect of the elderly.

    The arrests came on the heels of many complaints over the past year, including several this month, including one that ended in the death of one of the home’s residents this past November.

    Arrested were Rhaimley Yap Romero, 31, of Apopka and Nenita Alfonso Sudeall, 48, of Williston.

    Romero Arrest

  • AirSign is world's largest airship operator

    Unless you're one of those people who drive around town just to satisfy curiosity or to keep an eye on things, you may not even know of its existence.

    However, in recent weeks, Airsign, owned and operated by Patrick Walsh, inked deals that will once again put Williston on the map and lead to positive economic development for the area.

  • Williston Animal Shelter takes first steps

    A drizzling rain wasn't enough to keep animal enthusiasts away from last week's symbolic start of the new Williston Animal Shelter.

    Members of Levy Animal Friends (LeAF), Williston Animal Group (WAG) and the city of Williston took gold shovels to turn the first bits of dirt into a 2,000 square foot facility that will have 16 kennels and a cat room.

    Private donations, fundraisers and grants will fund the quarter million dollars needed to complete the project, which will take about two years.

  • Howitzer should stay in Epperson Park

    The WWII Howitzer that is in Williston's Epperson Park off SR 27A should stay where it is, members of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) agreed Monday night.

    The artillery piece has been in Williston for about 42 years, CRA member Nick Williams said, and except for being donated to the city, it has no real connection to Williston.

    There's been talk for about a year about moving it from Epperson Park to Heritage Park to help round out the Veterans Memorial and Heritage Walk.

  • Active shooter training offered

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum is offering a free Active Threat Response class to interested citizen groups.

    This class is being offered in light of the many tragic active shooter and active threat events that are occurring in our country and around the world. This class will help citizen groups be more prepared by knowing how to respond if ever involved in this type of situation. The class is approximately an hour long and includes a question and answer period, and is designed for citizens over 18 years old.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    Feb. 7, Leonel Carbajal Aguirre, 24, Ocala, grand theft, fraud/swindling. Bond $20,000.

    • Feb. 5, James Baxley, 29, Citra, two counts VOP.

    • Feb. 9, Theresa Elizabeth Betts, 30, Chiefland, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription, possession of drug equipment, two counts VOP. Bond $24,000.

    • Feb. 10, Noah Keith Bevins, 37, Inglis, FTA, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription, possession of drug equipment. Bond $6,000.

    • Feb. 5, Donna Renee Boyd, 35, Williston, out of county warrant.

  • Happenings

    February

    Movie in the Park

    The city of Williston will hold its monthly Movie in the Park Friday, Feb. 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Park Pavilion.

    There is no charge and hot dogs, popcorn and drinks are provided free. Bring a chair or blanket and join in the community fun.

    This month's movie is a classic Disney film featuring a romance between dogs who share spaghetti.

    Lighthouses in Florida

    Brendan Bourke will present a lecture titled Lighthouses in Florida Thursday, Feb. 15.

  • Welcome to the Chamber

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce welcomed Al's TV Antenna and Satellite to its membership last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its location on NE 6 Ave., Williston. Attending, from left, Bob Walker, Crystal Curl, Michael Langston, Chad Thompson, Kim McLane and Marc Pompeo from the Chamber; Carol McKay, Andy Arevalo, Alec Arevalo and Peter Moreno from Al's; Joel Maxson of Harriett Downs Real Estate. Little Miss Williston Raelynn Frazier is in front. 

  • Exceeding Expectations

    By Paul Jones

    Contributing Writer

    When you or I hold an expectation for something it tends to fall in one of three basic categories. An expectation can go unfulfilled, it can be met, or an expectation can be exceeded.

    Upon walking into Country Boy Cutz for the first time, it could certainly be said that the environment there well exceeded my expectations.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Feb. 3, Krystle Irene Barkley, 33, Spring Hill, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams. Bond $2,500.

    • Jan. 31, Robert Eugene Beck, 27, Williston, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, VOP. Bond $2,000.

    • Jan. 29, James Braxton Boyd, 27, Chiefland, battery. Bond $10,000.