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Today's News

  • Making economic development work is up to the people

    In six to eight weeks, Williston City Council will find out just what its grant money paid for when Alison Megrath and Dr. Lynn Patterson make their presentation on the city's Comprehensive Plan.

    Monday night, Patterson presented the culmination of months of research and planning on economic development to some of the people whose input is included in the final product.

    She said implementation is not solely up to the council, but must involve the people if it is to work and be an accurate portrayal of what Williston will become.

  • Deputies coming to the schools

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum says all 15 public and charter schools in the county will have a deputy on campus for the remainder of the school year, but he’s concerned about the financial viability of the program going forward.

  • Memorial dedication set for May 19

    It's been almost a decade in the making and at long last Willistonians will have something tangible to commemorate our nation's veterans.

    Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency, (CRA) announced Monday that a dedication ceremony for the Veterans' Memorial in Heritage Park will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19.

    The monument and bricks commemorating veterans are scheduled for installation mid-April.

    A time and schedule of the day's events will be announced at a later date.

  • Neighbor helping neighbor

    Since taking office two years ago, Williston Councilwoman Nancy Wininger has been known for hosting her own town hall meetings.

    It's an opportunity for people to ask questions in a casual atmosphere and also share information with her that she needs to know as their elected representative.

    Next week, April 12, Wininger will host another such meeting but this one with a twist.

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  • With storm season nearing, now's the time to start preparing

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    As Florida springs forward and gets closer to the summer season, hurricane and tropical storm preparedness should always be a top priority. The official season starts June 1, and with the events of Hurricane Irma still in many Levy County residents' rearview mirror, here are some facts and tips to assure that you are prepared for the upcoming season.

  • Williston – City with a heart

    By Nancy Wininger

    Guest Columnist

    A friend of mine recently had surgery and developed slight complications with her heart. Anything with your heart doesn’t seem “slight” to me but in her case, it was something that didn’t require surgery but did require monitoring. Thankfully, things turned out well for her and we all breathed a sigh of relief.

    However, it did make me think about which situations in life, health or otherwise, can be handled with just monitoring, and which require “surgery”.

  • Red Devils roll in Chiefland

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    The Williston baseball team entered spring break with a head of steam, winning seven straight, capped by a 14-4 rout at Chiefland March 22.

    The Red Devils, led by former Williston skipper Jim Smith, improved to 9-2 overall and completed their regular season sweep of CMHS with the win. The club next plays at Bronson April 3.

    The Red Devils, who’ve yet to lose to a school below Class 6A, collected 13 hits and tallied at least two runs in all but one inning against the Indians.

  • 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.