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Today's News

  • County enacts burn ban

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners has enacted Emergency Declaration 2017-018 and Emergency Order 2017-019 establishing a burn ban throughout the unincorporated areas of Levy County.

    This is an executive emergency order due to the extreme dry conditions that affect the county.

    Levy County has suffered massive losses in the past from unintentional fires caused by unattended or irresponsibly set fires.

  • Crabfest is this weekend

    Motorists are urged to use caution this weekend when traveling east of Williston due to the high volume of traffic expected for the annual Crabfest celebration April 29.

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports that traffic patterns will be alterated on CR 318 and heavy traffic is expected beginning around 2 p.m. Saturday.

    Motorists not planning to attend this event should avoid the area if possible. There will be a heavy presence of law enforcement in the area and motorists are urged to follow all traffic laws. 

  • Levy boasts lowest unemployment in area

    If not yet in full bloom, the economy is certainly growing stronger in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region.

    According to today’s employment summary by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the unemployment rate in March for the CareerSource CLM region was 5.2 percent, down 0.7 percentage point since February and 0.6 percentage point lower than the area’s rate a year ago of 5.8 percent.

  • Crash at airport kills all four on board

     

    A Georgia family of four was killed this weekend when their 1948 Cessna 170 crashed after take off at the Williston Municipal Airport.

    Clay Connolly, Williston Deputy Chief of Police, said the police and fire departments were notified about the crash around 1:12 p.m. Easter Sunday.

    It was only after the investigation began that law enforcement personnel began piecing the facts together and determined that the aircraft crashed some time after 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

  • 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.

  • Carriers' carrier wants to boost cell service

    Williston's City Council was left with more questions than answers Tuesday night after a representative from a wireless infrastructure company made his pitch to locate within the city.

    "We're a carriers' carrier," said Chad Caudill of Mobilitie, a company that he said has relationships with Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and ATT.

    Mobilitie, Caudill said, works with those companies to help bring 5G coverage to areas that are lacking strong cell service.

  • County weighs animal control program proposal

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Animal Services offered a proposal at the County Commission meeting on April 18 to start a low cost spay and neuter program for Levy County residents.

    In its request, LCAS argued that such a program would hopefully reduce the County’s pet overpopulation, making for fewer impoundments and euthanizations at the shelter.

    The program would be available to pet owners who are older than 62 years of age and are of low income status, as determined by other types of government aid.

  • CRA rejects Block 12 bids

    Without hesitation, Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) voted unanimously Monday night to reject all bids that were submitted for creating a paved parking lot in Block 12 – the area behind Main Street businesses.

    "I am still troubled we're talking about committing half of a million dollars to the project," City Manager Scott Lippmann told CRA members.

    At a meeting earlier this year, the CRA learned if the project went through as planned, it would drain the CRA's coffers until the next fiscal year.

  • Veterans Memorial inching toward goal

    A few sizable donations and an influx of people honoring veterans with paver purchases have pushed the fund to erect a Veterans Memorial in Heritage Park closer to its goal.

    "There's been a lot of exposure lately," Ken Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) told his board Monday night.

  • Councilmen sworn in