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.

  • City mulling gift of old middle school

    It’s been over 18 months since the Ministerial Faith Alliance announced its intent to buy and repurpose the old Williston Middle School.

    And while the MFA has held meetings and garnered community support, the property is still under the ownership of the School Board of Levy County.

    Last week, City Manager Scott Lippmann told the Williston City Council the school board wants to change that.

  • Big step for Williston

    It's been almost four years in the works and last week, work on the veterans' memorial in Williston's Heritage Park inched closer to reality.

    Matthews Granite out of Elberton, Ga., sent its salesman, Jeremy Owens, to town last week to take measurements so fabricating the five granite slabs that will adhere to the concrete form will fit perfectly.

    Owens told Ken Schwiebert that if all goes according to plan, the slabs and the bronze medallions designating the five branches of the Armed Forces will be in Williston and set mid-April.

  • Who do you think is old?

    I was taking then-4-year-old Spencer to preschool and as was our custom, we had serious discussions during the 25-minute commute.

    That particular morning, out of the blue, he asked, "How old are you, Mommy?"

    I came to a red light, looked at him and asked back, "How old do you think I am, Spencer?"

    I could see the cogs and gears spinning as he thought about it.

    "You're very old," he finally answered. "You must be at least 21."

  • 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.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Jan. 20, Jerry Lee Alexander, 58, Morriston, VOP.

    • Jan. 18, Cody John Brunner, 25, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $2,000.

    • Jan. 17, Susan Martina Buschmann, 53, Morriston, touch or strike. ROR.

    • Jan. 20, Brandi Nicole Butler, 33, Archer, out of county warrant. ROR.

    • Jan. 18, John Benedict Capell Jr., 37, Austin, Texas, VOP.

  • Happenings


    Spay/Neuter For Feral Cats

    Levy County will begin a once-a-month spay/neuter program for feral cats Thursday, Jan. 25.

    The program is open to Levy County residents only and is by appointment.

    Cats that are scheduled for surgery must be brought in a cat trap the day before the appointment is scheduled.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Levy Animal Services at 486-5138

    FOWL Book Sale

  • A mayorship done right

    I met Gerald Hethcoat when I first moved to Florida back in 2005. I worked for another newspaper back then, and every Friday, he'd swing by the office to buy a paper and catch up. I liked him immediately.

    Three years later I found myself in Williston and seeing him a lot more than once a week.

    When my freelance reporter retired, I had to start covering the council meetings and seeing The Mayor in action at least twice a month.

  • Likwid will break ground Feb. 1

    High speed Internet via fiber optics will soon become a reality in Williston when Likwid, the company that will do the work, breaks ground Thursday, Feb. 1 at 4:30 near the Williston Police Department.

    Christopher Smith, Likwid's president, said his company will partner with Al's TV to provide a local office for customers to visit and sign up for services.

    "I look forward to seeing people from the community there who deserve this service and want to support new Internet options," Smith said.

  • Two vehicle accident claims life of Morriston woman

    A 21-year-old woman was killed Sunday morning after a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 41 near SE 3rd St.

    Catarina Mayom Raymundo was pronounced dead at the scene after the 2012 Mitsubishi she was a passenger in was struck by a 2000 Ford F350 that allegedly crossed into the northbound lane causing a head-on collision.