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Today's News

  • Ordinance bans pot dispensaries

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy County Commission on March 20 adopted an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas while treating its growing and cultivation like other nurseries.

    The unanimous passing of the ordinance, based on a motion from Mike Joyner and a second from Matt Brooks, came after the second of two public hearings on the matter held at the courthouse in March.

  • Earth tones will color new city hall

    Williston City Council members said two weeks ago they didn't have even a basic understanding of how the new city hall would look and they needed answers. Tuesday night they got them. Or at least some of them.

    Representatives from Oelrich Construction, the company contracted to design and build the structure offered no real explanations on why they did what they did, but at least it started a conversation between them and their customers.

  • AirSign helps with world records

    While his business takes place in the air, Patrick Walsh, self-admitted marketing geek, knows how to incorporate the land and water to maximize a client's dollar.

    In early March, one of those clients, T-Mobile, announced it was launching a new phone and needed a way to brand it in the minds of consumers.

    Ideas ran through Walsh's mind. Should he wrap a jet? A fighter plane? What?

  • Hethcoat honored for public service

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Outgoing Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat was celebrated Tuesday, March 20, by the Levy County Commission for his public service and leadership.

     Several commissioners, led by former Williston City Councilman and current County Commissioner Matt Brooks, who counts Heathcoat as an important mentor in his life, described their appreciation for the former mayor’s work.

  • Classmates reunite after 72 years

    Time and distance often separate high school classmates and though reunions may be held, it’s almost a guarantee that not everyone who walked with you that evening will attend.

    The New Berlin Central High School in Upstate New York, and near Cooperstown, graduated 21 seniors in 1946. Last week two of those graduates got reacquainted over lunch at the Ivy House. It was the first time they’d seen each other since graduation, almost 72 years ago..

  • Police Officer of the Year

    Police Officer of the Year Dakota Wilson with Police Chief Dennis Strow

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  • Monument plans move forward

    Now that a date has been set to dedicate the veterans' memorial in Williston's Heritage Park, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) knows it's under the gun to get the ceremony planned.

    "The onus is on us to coordinate," CRA Chairman Kenneth Schwiebert said to his board Monday night. In addition to sending invitations to state dignitaries, there's also a lot of pre-planning to do before the May 19 day arrives.

  • Montbrook fossil dig will go down as one of Florida's largest

    Towering pine trees line a long dirt road that’s often dotted with a random grazing cow. Occasionally a squirrel or bird makes an unexpected appearance.

    The picturesque drive, one of the thousands in Montbrook, leads to a land that time forgot. Until 2015.

  • Firefighter of the Year

    Firefighter of the Year Timothy Berrios, center, with Lake Raymond and Fire Chief Lamar Stegall. 

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  • Business of the Month

    Harriett Downs Real Estate was named Business of the Month for February by the Williston Chamber of Commerce. Pictured from left, Chamber Director Lon Sullivan, Marc Pompeo, Linda Jane Cramer and Donna Hatcher from the company and Chamber Directors Mary Martha Hartley and Michael Langston.