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Today's News

  • Multi-month work on sinking fire/police department begins

    Right now, things are a little topsy-turvy at the building that houses the Williston Fire Rescue and Police Departments, but in a couple months, everything should be back on the straight and narrow–literally.

    Ram Jack, a company specializing in foundation repair, was hired by the city's insurer to secure the building's base after it was learned earlier this year that it is built over a sinkhole.

    Doors that are locked but still open, cracked ceilings, and awnings that are askew were the first signs something was off kilter.

  • Residence for sex offenders, predators causing concern

    A home east of Williston that houses sex offenders and sex predators is causing concern in the community and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum asked the Levy County Commission to consider legal actions that can be taken to limit such residences. 

    The single-family home at 21161 NE 35TH ST, which is not a group home, had seven sex offenders and three sexual predators registered at the address on Monday, McCallum said. “These numbers continue to rise.” It is outside the city limits of Williston.

  • Non-compliant property owners fined

    Finding that conditions were unsafe, and a serious threat to public health, the Williston Board of Adjustment and Code Enforcement (BOA), fined two property owners heavily and recommended that city administration bring the property into compliance with the owner assessed the cost of the work.

    Property owned by Toby and Lisa Donnel at 412 SE Dr., Williston was found to be in non-compliance in July, and as of Oct. 20, the couple had not responded to the city.

  • County votes against rebidding project

    Never let it be said that Levy County won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

    D.A.B. Constructors Inc., owner Bill Bachschmidt, asked to change the way his company would repave and widen County Road 40 in a way that would take care of a problem with cracks in the road, would cost $6,000 less than his low bid of $1,232,222.22 and would mean the county would get surplus material valued at $175,000.

  • Ride to Provide raises $100,000 for LARC; next ride is Oct. 25

    It started out as a visit by deputies to the LARC Center in Otter Creek.

    "We were asked to come out to talk to the clients," Sheriff's Lt. Sean Mullins told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Sept. 17. "I didn't know what to expect."

    He said the officers walked through the door and the adults started clapping.

    One thing he learned that day has stuck with Mullins: "They appreciate everything."

    Then came the idea of how cool it would be to ride bikes out to the center to show the clients.

  • Homecoming Royalty
  • Good News!

    Hard work has paid off.

    Williston Fire Rescue and the city of Williston announced Tuesday the new ISO (Insurance Services Organization) fire rating for the city of Williston and its county protection fire zone.

    The new rating is 4 for the city and 4Y outside the city. The previous rating was 6 city and 8B outside Williston.

    Williston Fire Rescue was contacted by the ISO evaluation team in September 2013 and advised that they would be conducting a five year assessment in early January 2014.

  • County budget has vet, pay raises

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user.

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.

  • A Land Remembered returns

    For anyone living in Florida, “A Land Remembered,” by Patrick Smith is a must read. The struggles and triumphs of three generations of the MacIvey clan who settle in North Central Florida on the eve of the Civil War will make you laugh and cry.

    The story traces the struggles and triumphs of Tobias and Emma as they eke out a hardscrabble existence back in a time and place long gone.

    Although Patrick Smith, the father, died Jan. 26, you will have an opportunity to get to know the author through his son, Patrick Smith Jr.

  • Street dedication honors legacy of Willie Burgman

    The Burgman family has a lot to be proud of.

    In 1910, its patriarch, Willie, left his sharecropper life in Waycross, Ga., to head toward the unknown in Florida.

    The eldest of four children born to Carrie and Pledge Burgman, Willie had no formal education, and at 22 could only make his mark–an “X”–for his signature.

    He only knew the hard work of the fields when he set out and yet he was determined to work hard and have a good life.