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Today's News

  • Comp plan is what residents want

    Another round of resident participation meetings to help set the course of Williston's future drew nine people Monday night.

    "I'll take quality over quantity any day," said Allison Megrath of Megrath Consulting, who has been contracted by the city to oversee the city's comprehensive plan.

    The plan is a tool to help guide city leaders to make decisions about growth, infrastructure improvements, land use changes and other facets dealing directly with Williston.

  • Ruckus between two leads to seven arrests

    A fight between two men Tuesday steered uniformed officers from the Levy County Sheriff's Office into an active investigation by the Drug Task Force (DTF).

    According to the sheriff's office, officers on patrol were sent to 11252 NE 62 Place, Williston where a reported disturbance between two people was taking place.

     Deputies arrived and their investigation discovered Danny White, 37, had been fighting with another man.

  • Johnson honored by AARP

    By

    Drollene Brown

    Special to the Pioneer

    At the Oct. 9 meeting of Chapter 19 of AARP (formerly American Association of Retired Persons), Alphonso Johnson received a certificate of recognition from the national Andrus Award committee.

    The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who embody the spirit of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who believed in the power of individuals to spark change and improve their communities, one act at a time.

  • 'Florida natives' visit Williston Public Library

    Instead of “Lions and tigers and bears, O my!” it was “Turtle and snake and gator, O Wow!”

    Three representatives from the Santa Fe Zoo, which is on the campus of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, made it (finally!) to Williston on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 30, after Irma postponed their Sept. 9 visit to present “Florida Natives,” an educational presentation about the importance of Florida native species.

  • BOCC looks to extend pot moratorium

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners is seeking to extend its moratorium on marijuana dispensaries until April.

    But first it must hold a couple of public hearings in November before the new ordinance can pass.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks cast a dissenting vote at the commission meeting Oct. 17 to guarantee one of those hearings – Nov. 7 – will take place at 5:01 p.m., while the other will come on Nov. 21, coinciding with the regular commission meeting, which starts at 9 a.m.

  • Nine Williston students recognized for perfect scores

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Seventeen Levy students were recognized Oct. 10 by the School Board of Levy County for scoring perfect scores on individual state assessment tests last spring.

    Nine of those students are from Williston Middle High School or Williston Elementary School, with the latter seeing seven of its students honored by Principal Jaime Handlin.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.