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Today's News

  • Veterans' parade is in Williston

    The city of Williston will host the 2017 Levy County Veterans Day Parade Saturday, Nov. 11.

    The parade, down Noble Avenue, begins at 10 a.m.

    After the parade, a commemoration service will take place in Heritage Park.

    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat, the city's organizer, said he hopes many of the county's veterans will participate in the parade that honors them.

  • Ocala man killed by moving train at Kirby Farm

    An Ocala man died Oct. 10 at Williston's Kirby Farms when he attempted to board a moving train, lost his footing and fell under one of the cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol and the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Anthony Lowe Osburn-Day, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene, home to the 501c3 Non-profit organization and museum for Children’s Outreach and Education.

    It was Osburn-Day's third visit to the farm to learn more about becoming a volunteer and the group's fall fundraiser, The Lost Railroad.

  • Homecoming Victory

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    Last Friday, Oct. 13, the Williston Red Devil varsity football team finally halted a four- game losing streak, defeating the Taylor County Bulldogs by a score of 28-27.

    Who says Friday the 13th is an unlucky thing? The Devils proved that wrong, while managing to pick up a very important victory on homecoming night.

  • Nine Williston students recognized for perfect scores

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Seventeen Levy students were recognized Oct. 10 by the School Board of Levy County for scoring perfect scores on individual state assessment tests last spring.

    Nine of those students are from Williston Middle High School or Williston Elementary School, with the latter seeing seven of its students honored by Principal Jaime Handlin.

  • Road closures due to disaster assistance

    The Department of Children and Families will be administering the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program for the Tri-County area beginning today, Oct. 19, at 6:30 a.m. at the Suwannee River Livestock Fairgrounds located in Fanning Springs.

    The fairground facility is located at the intersection of US Hwy 19/98 and NW 90th Avenue in Levy County. This event is expected to continue until Monday, Oct. 23.

  • Veterans' Memorial comes up short

    Blame it on inflation.

    A half dozen years ago, when Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first began dreaming of a monument to honor our country's veterans, a landscape architect estimated $20,000 would be adequate.

    It's not. In fact, it's a drop in the bucket as CRA members learned Monday night during their regular monthly meeting.

    Dr. Ken Schwiebert, CRA chairman, told his committee that the price for a granite monument ranges from $38,000 to $43,000, depending on what design and type granite the CRA chooses.

  • Fred Morris retires

    The Williston Police Department congratulates Sgt. Fred Morris on his retirement. Morris served the City of Williston for 17 years with dedication to the city and its residents. He continues to be an active member of the force as a Reserve Officer. 

  • Carol McQueen plans January retirement

    Levy County Tourist Development Director Carol McQueen has announced her retirement to begin January 2018. McQueen has been overseeing Levy County’s tourism and marketing operations for the past 12 years.

  • First draft of new city hall reviewed

    Tuesday night members of Williston City Council got a first look at a conceptual floor plan for a new city hall.

    Derek Dykes and Jason O'Brien, representing the contracting and architectural firms, went over the first true drawing of a new municipal building that includes meeting rooms, offices, storage area and the Williston Chamber of Commerce.

    Dykes and O'Brien said this first phase is to garner feedback from the council and noted this plan will allow future growth, should the city require it.

  • City millage stays the same

    Operating on a budget that is a 1.4 decrease in expenditures from 2016-2017, the Williston City Council voted last week to keep the millage rate the same as last year.

    At the first public hearing, Sept. 6, with no one from the public in attendance, the council first voted to keep the rate at 5.8627 mills, with Council President Charles Goodman dissenting.

    When asked about the reason for his "nay" vote, Goodman asked, "Were you at our budget workshops?"