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Today's News

  • Gas tax passed

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday passed a gas tax ordinance for five cents per gallon of motor fuel.

    The ordinance, which required a supermajority, passed on a four-to-one vote. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.

    The tax does not apply to diesel fuel, which is already levied at its maximum allowed rate throughout the state.

    The motion was offered by Mike Joyner and seconded by Rock Meeks.

  • BACE opens can of worms over permit

    What should have been a simple matter of non-compliance or compliance took an unexpected turn Monday night when the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) learned the property owners are long deceased.

    The property, located at 1143 NE 3rd Ave., was cited for having a storage shed onsite without first obtaining a permit and because two vehicles had been on jacks for an extended period.

    The property is listed under Margaret Brown and Albert Rivers, but Brown and Rivers have been dead for about 30 years.

  • WMHS baseball team muscles up

    Two back-to-back state championships, winning seasons and a new school prompted Dr. Bill Martin to do something to maintain the edge: he donated weight machines to the WMHS athletic department for the baseball team.

    Valued at over $8,000, the weight bench and accoutrements, along with a hack squat machine, were made available for usage this season.

  • Noted architect to address Williston issues

    Architect Bill Warinner will be the guest speaker next week when the city of Williston holds its next visioning workshop.

    Warinner will speak on “Historic Districts: Myths and Realities” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25 in the council meeting room, adjacent to city hall.

     Warinner has been a professional designer since 1963 and established the Aachen Designers in 1971.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture design from the University of Florida and attended graduate school at UF studying Architecture in Historical Preservation.

  • Problem in Williston?

    It's rare that Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann airs his frustrations in a public meeting. Tuesday night was an exception.

    Lippmann, who was hired in 2012, said it is troubling when city residents go to a council member expecting a resolution to a problem.

    Instead, he suggested, council members should ask residents, "Have you contacted city hall?"

    Lippmann said the chain of command needs to be followed if any resident is having issues.

  • Students have minor injuries following accident

    Thirteen students were taken to Regional General Hospital this morning (Wednesday) after the school bus they were riding in was struck from behind by a pickup truck. Students were reported to have minor injuries.

    According to Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow, at 7:36 a.m., the Williston Police Department, Williston Fire Rescue, Marion County Fire Rescue and Levy County Department of Public Safety responded to the 800 block of East Noble Avenue where the accident occurred.

  • Suspects sought in drive-by shooting

    A resident on NE 210 Avenue in East Williston was awakened at 4 a.m. last Sunday by a crashing sound inside his home. He investigated the sound but did not find anything wrong and went back to bed. At approximately 9:30 a.m., he discovered a bullet hole through his front window and called 911.

    Deputies discovered someone fired a gun from outside the home. The bullet entered the resident’s north facing window, went through a recliner then lodged in the homeowner’s entertainment center. The bullet was recovered and it appears the weapon is a 9mm handgun.

  • 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.