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Today's News

  • Levy County Fair opens Thursday

    Popcorn, cotton candy, the ferris wheel and more are all part of the allure when the Levy County Fair opens today (Thursday) at Williston’s Industrial Park, across from Horseman’s Park.

    The gates open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage.

    This year’s fair began last July when the fair association held its annual meeting. From then until now, 12 core volunteers and about three dozen more have planned, scheduled and negotiated to bring the best in family entertainment to Levy County and the surrounding area.

  • Veterans Memorial Fund grows

    While one can never be sure, it appears the sadness and embarrassment that one Vietnam veteran feels due to the lack of a veterans memorial may be what tugged at heart strings – and purse clasps.

    After David Wilson appeared before the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) March 13 and expressed his concern that Williston didn't honor its veterans, the money started pouring in.

    From $100 for pavers to larger donations, just about every day the Veterans Memorial Fund has grown.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    A year-long fundraising effort aimed at eradicating cancer culminates this Saturday, April 1 with a party to end all parties.

    The annual Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, gets underway at 4 p.m. in a new location – Williston Elementary School.

    From 4 until midnight, the fun is plentiful as teams celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer.

    Teams will incorporate a Disney theme into their campsites and will offer games, food and fun as the fundraising efforts draw to a close.

  • Gas tax ordinance means higher Levy fuel prices

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    At the meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissions on March 21, the Commission took a step toward addressing the budget shortfall recently faced by the Road Department.

    Behind a four-fifths consensus – Commissioner Lilly Rooks declined to add her voice in support – the county began the process for instituting a five cent tax per gallon on non-diesel gasoline in the county.

  • REDI, willing and able

    It was a morning of brutal honesty when Williston City Planner Josie Lodder explained to members of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) all the barriers that keep the city from being the best it can be.

    REDI, comprised of members from all the state’s major agencies, serves 32 of Florida’s rural counties and was created in 1997 to assist those rural counties and their municipalities to overcome challenges to improve their economies.

  • Missing woman's body found in Chiefland

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The body of a missing woman from Manatee County was found buried in southwest Chiefland Monday.

    Tricia Freeman, 47, was reported missing last Tuesday in Palmetto, located approximately 40 miles south of Tampa.

    Roy Nichols, 26, the boyfriend of Freeman’s daughter, admitted to murdering Freeman, after he and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer, were taken into custody Saturday in Cabell County, West Virginia, for allegedly stealing Freeman’s car.

  • Williston veteran 'saddened, embarrassed' by lack of memorial

    David Wilson's roots in Williston go back generations. His grandparents once owned a boarding house where Hardee's now stands.

    He grew up here, graduated from high school here and years after returning from Vietnam a decorated veteran, he came back here to live. Two of his children live here.

    He loves this town – this community.

  • Red White & Blues will host Blueberry Festival May 6-7

    Nothing says springtime more than the juicy goodness of fresh Florida blueberries – unless it’s a festival held down on the farm.

    This year, Williston’s Red White & Blues Farm, a renowned U-Pick center, will celebrate the season with its first Blueberry Festival May 6-7.

    More than 100 vendors, featuring arts, crafts, information and food are expected to be on site at the 100-acre farm during the two-day event that will also showcase blues and jazz music, pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee rides and more for the children in your life.

  • Exercise caution; vigilance

    Williston is a safe community.

    Police Chief Dennis Strow wants to keep it that way and he's asking the city's residents for their help.

    In the last few weeks, there have been several vehicle break-ins within the city, and two cars were stolen. Both of those cars were found – one because it ran out of gas and the other abandoned.

    "Creepers", people who wander around looking for unlocked vehicles are most likely the suspects, the chief said.

  • Block 12 could drain CRA's account

    It started with $163,000 and Monday night over $511,000 was added to it. If all comes to pass, it could cost the city of Williston more than $674,000.

    "It" is Block 12, the area between Main and NE 1st Streets and for the last three years, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has relentlessly pursued its purchase and reformation.

    Seeking ways to further economic development while creating useful parking space, the CRA purchased the property from the owners. All but two owners, John Patrick and Michael Pesso, were on board.