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Today's News

  • 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?"

  • New fire truck approved

    It's taken a while and it's going to take a bit longer, but the Williston Fire Department will at last be able to replace one of its main trucks.

    At its meeting last week, city council approved for the department to order a new truck, estimated to cost $408,000.

    The new vehicle replaces one that was totaled when someone ran into it while the department was answering a call last year.

  • City's future begins with residents' input

    When Allison Megrath talks about GOPs, she's not talking about Republicans.

    In her line of work as a professional planner, GOP means Goals, Objectives and Policies.

    Last Thursday night, some 20 people attended a workshop at city hall that launched a year-long process that will end with the city of Williston adopting a comprehensive plan that encompasses its future growth.

  • New Chamber Member

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce welcomed Etheridge's U Pick Lane (Etheridge family front from left, Brad, Nancy, Todd, Frank and Shannon) to its membership last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its location, 2391 NE 140th Ave, Williston. Every weekend in October, the farm is open to the public for entertainment, food, farm-related fun and of course, picking your own pumpkins.

  • Business of the Month

    Williston Crossings RV Resort was chosen by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as the September Business of the Month. Along with owner, Alan Wallace, center, several members from the Chamber board and Williston's reigning royalty were on hand to congratulate "the hidden gem of Williston."

  • Happenings

    October

    NC Business Council Meeting

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council will hold its regular monthly board meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at the College of Central Florida’s Jack Wilkinson Campus, 15390 Hwy 19, Chiefland.

    Due to the membership of the NCBDC consisting of more than one member of the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee, this meeting will also serve as a meeting for the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee.