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Today's News

  • First steps toward new city hall taken

    Before there can be a new Williston City Hall there must be a plan.

    Last week, the Williston City Council voted to get the ball rolling when it agreed to pay more than $200,000 for Oelrich Construction to draft a design and prepare cost estimates for construction.

    Initially it was thought the cost for a new municipal building will cost in excess of $2 million, but last Tuesday it was agreed there is no way to discern actual costs until later.

    Factoring into that cost will be materials for inside and what will be used for the façade.

  • Baseball coach Scott Hall hangs up his cleats

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Over the last six years, the Williston High School baseball program has enjoyed the heights of success unmatched in any sport ever at the school.

    Now, the man steering the ship over that span is leaving to join an old friend.

    Red Devils' baseball coach Scott Hall, who has also served as dean of students and athletic director at WMHS, is headed to the Florida Panhandle, where he’ll be the dean and head baseball coach at Port St. Joe High School.

  • Williston man charged with false imprisonment

    A Williston man was arrested last week and charged with the false imprisonment of a woman he allegedly picked up in another county before bringing her to a NE 200th Avenue residence in Williston.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Willie C. McCray, a 10-time felon, was charged with two counts of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, false imprisonment, depriving a person of 911, felony battery and resisting an officer.

  • Bond set at $5 million each

    Bond was set at $5 million each for two men accused of sex crimes against a child.

    Jason Allen Fisher, 35, and Ronald Arthur Adams, 59, were arrested June 21 by investigators from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and charged with multiple sex crimes against a child victim.

  • LDS Youth 'Ask of God'

    Approximately 75 youth and 25 adult leaders from the Gainesville Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converged on Williston last Saturday as part of their youth conference.

    The conference theme was “Ask of God” with reference to James 1:5 and stresses the importance of service.

    It culminated with the youth picking up trash on Williston’s streets and interacting with citizens.

    After lunch, Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat expressed to the youth his appreciation for their service and the example they set for other youth

  • Low-cost spay/neuter termed a success

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and county veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians. 

  • Throw a shrimp on the barbie

    A look at the Williston Fire Department's rickety grill during April's Relay for Life caused PuroClean's Kim McLane a moment of pause. But just a moment, because she, along with her boss and company owner, Joseph Crane jumped into action to secure a new grill for the deparment.

    "They're volunteers," she said of the firefighters who have made the station their home away from home, "and we just needed to do something for them."

  • Williston gets a clean audit

    The department heads for the city of Williston have kept a tight rein on their finances and Tuesday night, their efforts were lauded.

    Helen Painter from Purvis, Gray & Co., the firm contracted to perform the annual audit, brought good news to the city council.

    "It's a job well done," she told council members.

    For the last few years, Painter has been rectifying items pointed out in a management letter and this year marks the second consecutive auditing season where nothing needed to be addressed.

  • Superintendent, school board join opposition to education bill

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The School Board of Levy County and Superintendent Jeff Edison have joined a chorus of calls opposing the Florida legislature’s K-12 education budget proposal and a related bill widely seen as too favorable to charter schools at the expense of the state’s public school students.

  • New name for an old dream

    It may appear to have been quiet on the topic of the old Williston Middle School, but in the year since the Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) announced its plan to buy the 17-acre property, a lot has been going on behind the scenes.

    It was June 13, 2016 when MFA held a gathering of community leaders to brainstorm what could be done to, what was then called, the Williston Civic Center.

    Today it has a new name – The Legacy Center – and according to MFA President Johnnie Jones, the new name supports what the MFA will do once it owns the property.