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Today's News

  • 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.

  • P&Z deems Ch. 48 'too subjective'

    Months and months of rewriting, reviewing and rewording came to a halt Tuesday night when the city of Williston's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee failed to validate the rewrite of Chapter 48 of the Code of Ordinances.

    The rewrite, done by the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), and predominately one of its members, Bruce Schupp, attempted to put stricter policies in place for the code enforcement officer to carry out.

  • Chamber installs new directors

    It was an evening of frolic, food and fun Saturday when the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual installation banquet celebrating Mardi Gras, the last period of decadence before Lent.

    Chamber members and their guests came decked out in purple, green and gold – and of course, beads and masks to witness the installation of officers and the board of directors by Judge Tim Browning.

  • Councilman Hass follows God's voice

    He never wanted to be a pastor. He never dreamed of being a politician. Today, he is both.

    Tim Hass, the latest appointee to the Williston city council, qualified unopposed and will now serve two years in his post.

    Born to a military family, Hass lived in Germany and Japan before settling around Homestead, where he spent the majority of his youth.

    After high school, he worked in management with Sears before going to Southeastern University in Lakeland.