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Today's News

  • Bond set at $5 million each

    Bond was set at $5 million each for two men accused of sex crimes against a child.

    Jason Allen Fisher, 35, and Ronald Arthur Adams, 59, were arrested June 21 by investigators from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and charged with multiple sex crimes against a child victim.

  • Decorate for Independence Day

    It's time to put your best patriot foot forward.

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all businesses and residences in the area to decorate for Independence Day.

    Bring out the bunting, fly the flag, rim your house in red, white and blue lights.

    To make it a little more interesting, there will be a contest and the winner in each division (business, residential) will win lunch for four, a certificate of bragging rights and a cash prize.

  • Does your city property flood?

     

    If you live in or own property within the city of Williston and it's prone to flooding after hard rains, there are people who want to talk with you.

    Thursday, July 13 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Williston City Council Chambers at city hall, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) will host an open house to gather information and investigate issues that residents bring before them.

  • 'Let Freedom Ring' parade needs entrants

    “Let Freedom Ring” – that’s what folks in Williston will do Monday, July 3 when the city of Williston hosts the annual Pre-Fourth Extravaganza.

    The city-sponsored festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a parade down Noble Avenue. Floats, marching units and of course, the horses will carry out the Let Freedom Ring theme.

    City Clerk Fran Taylor said last week the parade needs more entrants, especially horses. If you or your organization would like to participate in the festivities, call Taylor at city hall at 528-3060.

  • LDS Youth 'Ask of God'

    Approximately 75 youth and 25 adult leaders from the Gainesville Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converged on Williston last Saturday as part of their youth conference.

    The conference theme was “Ask of God” with reference to James 1:5 and stresses the importance of service.

    It culminated with the youth picking up trash on Williston’s streets and interacting with citizens.

    After lunch, Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat expressed to the youth his appreciation for their service and the example they set for other youth

  • Low-cost spay/neuter termed a success

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and county veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians. 

  • Despite the rain, we're still in a drought

    Even though many are in search of waders or an ark, last week's heavy rains haven't been enough and this part of Florida is still in a drought with a water shortage.

    On May 23, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board issued the Second Modification to Water Shortage Order No. SWF 2017-014, which elevated the existing water shortage declaration for all 16 counties within the district's jurisdiction due to the continuing drought conditions.

  • Throw a shrimp on the barbie

    A look at the Williston Fire Department's rickety grill during April's Relay for Life caused PuroClean's Kim McLane a moment of pause. But just a moment, because she, along with her boss and company owner, Joseph Crane jumped into action to secure a new grill for the deparment.

    "They're volunteers," she said of the firefighters who have made the station their home away from home, "and we just needed to do something for them."

  • Williston gets a clean audit

    The department heads for the city of Williston have kept a tight rein on their finances and Tuesday night, their efforts were lauded.

    Helen Painter from Purvis, Gray & Co., the firm contracted to perform the annual audit, brought good news to the city council.

    "It's a job well done," she told council members.

    For the last few years, Painter has been rectifying items pointed out in a management letter and this year marks the second consecutive auditing season where nothing needed to be addressed.

  • Superintendent, school board join opposition to education bill

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The School Board of Levy County and Superintendent Jeff Edison have joined a chorus of calls opposing the Florida legislature’s K-12 education budget proposal and a related bill widely seen as too favorable to charter schools at the expense of the state’s public school students.