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Today's News

  • Elderly man injured in drive by shooting

    An elderly man was struck by a wayward bullet Jan. 11 after a drive-by shooting on NE 207 Court, east of Williston.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff's Department, law enforcement officers were dispatched to the area following reports of a shooting. The department was joined at the scene by officers from the Williston Police Department and the Levy County Department of Public Safety.

  • Sunday accident claims life

    A Williston man who was involved in a two-vehicle accident around 6:52 p.m. Sunday was killed after he exited his truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Matthew Chance Carlisle, 33, was struck by a semi near the intersection of SR 121 and CR 326 in Morriston after his truck was involved with an accident with a 2013 Jeep driven by Chandler Marie Chandler, 24.

    The FHP report said Carlisle was eastbound on CR 326 and approaching the SR 121 intersection, where Chandler was traveling south.

  • Council agrees to city hall contract

    Flexibility.

    That was the word used most often Friday during an emergency called meeting of the Williston City Council to discuss whether the city will get a new municipal building.

    Stephen Bloom, the city's contracted Chief Financial Officer, told the council (with Elihu Ross absent) that he had prepared several financing scenarios, all of which are designed to give the city maximum flexibility when acquiring the $2.5 million it needs for construction.

  • Likwid ready to start fiber optics in Williston

    By David Davis

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council has set five goals for 2018 to help build a stronger economic foundation for the future.

    The goals include completing the economic impact statement for the Inglis whitewater kayaking venue; countywide broadband; investment launch; relaunching the business alliance and establishing a food-related business incubator.

  • Williston Council has egg on its face

    The absence of Williston's city manager at the city council meeting Tuesday night left the council unable to make time sensitive decisions and repeatedly apologizing for its lack of action.

    Oelrich Construction, the company contracted to build a new Williston City Hall, had hoped to begin demolition on the old building later this month.

    In order for that to happen, the city staff has to vacate the premises and had hoped to begin moving into the M building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

  • Council president explains last week's 'power bump'

    Last Wednesday the power in the city of Williston flickered as many as 17 times in a short span of time, leaving businesses and residents wondering what in the world was going on.

    Tuesday night, Councilwoman Nancy Wininger asked for answers.

    President Charles Goodman said he had some knowledge to share since he had been a part of it with many people reaching out to him for explanations.

  • Road to be named for Ellzey

    A portion of Hwy. 19 in Otter Creek will be dedicated to the memory of A. Haygood Ellzey, the only Levy County Sheriff's officer killed in the line of duty.

    The dedication for Deputy Ellzey will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25 at the northbound lane sign in Otter Creek.

  • Council utters 'eminent domain'

    For over three years Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has tried to improve the area known as Block 12 to include a paved parking lot that would not only help current businesses, but perhaps attract new development to the area as well.

    However, for every step forward the CRA has made, it's almost as if it has taken two backward.

  • Site approved for RV park

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    A 180-acre site located on the southeastern edge of Williston has been approved by the county for use by a prospective RV park.

    Jose Morales’ requests for the site, which included changes to part of the property’s land-use designations, a rezoning as well as a special exception that is required by all prospective RV park sites, were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission Dec. 19.

    Public hearings were at the meeting before the adoption of the ordinances, and no objections were raised.

  • Couple charged with child neglect

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    A couple found unconscious in their vehicle Dec. 19, while parked at the fuel pumps at Circle K face charges of child neglect, according to Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavits.

    Courtney R. Hyche, 21, of Inglis, and Brandon C. Pickel, 23, of Williston, were both found unconscious by law enforcement authorities upon their arrival at the convenience store at 11946 N. Williams St., the report stated. After speaking with a store employee, it was determined the pair were unconscious for approximately 30 minutes.