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Today's News

  • AirSign Blimp will dock at airport

    If you've always wanted to get up close and personal with an airship (blimp), you'll get your chance Monday, Jan. 8 when AirSign docks The American Blimp Company’s A-60 Airship at Williston Municipal Airport. Guided tours will be available from 9-11 a.m.

    Future plans include, AirSign locating up to seven blimps permanently at Williston Airport with up to 130 new jobs in the first year.

    AirSign, owned by Patrick Walsh, recently acquired two other companies, making AirSign the largest in the world.

  • Couple charged with child neglect

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    A couple found unconscious in their vehicle Dec. 19, while parked at the fuel pumps at Circle K face charges of child neglect, according to Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavits.

    Courtney R. Hyche, 21, of Inglis, and Brandon C. Pickel, 23, of Williston, were both found unconscious by law enforcement authorities upon their arrival at the convenience store at 11946 N. Williams St., the report stated. After speaking with a store employee, it was determined the pair were unconscious for approximately 30 minutes.

  • Grant would extend county's mental health services

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    There are efforts underway to bring a mental health court to Levy County, and a new grant approved by the county will support fact-finding and organizing that could help lead to its realization.

  • Site approved for RV park

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    A 180-acre site located on the southeastern edge of Williston has been approved by the county for use by a prospective RV park.

    Jose Morales’ requests for the site, which included changes to part of the property’s land-use designations, a rezoning as well as a special exception that is required by all prospective RV park sites, were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission Dec. 19.

    Public hearings were at the meeting before the adoption of the ordinances, and no objections were raised.

  • Council utters 'eminent domain'

    For over three years Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has tried to improve the area known as Block 12 to include a paved parking lot that would not only help current businesses, but perhaps attract new development to the area as well.

    However, for every step forward the CRA has made, it's almost as if it has taken two backward.

  • Christmas then and now

    Christmas will be quiet at Ten Broeck Manor this year. Tom and I will celebrate at home, most likely with just our furry companions, a hot meal and perhaps an adult beverage.

    Next week, after the paper is finished I will head to Georgia to spend Christmas with my children and Tom will venture to his sisters' on the East Coast. Because of his most recent back surgery, he can't travel the almost-eight hours up north so he'll FaceTime with the granddaughters when they open presents.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Dec. 14, Ronald Wayne Andolina II, 30, Old Town, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of Schedule I drug, and/or use. Bond $11,000.

    • Dec. 11, Jacob James Benfield, 25, Dunnellon, DWLSR, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession not more than 20 grams, and/or use. Bond $33,000.

    • Dec. 16, John Brian Bennett, 54, Williston, failure to report name or residence change, DWLS. Bond $115,000.

  • Save the date for the Williston Chamber's banquet

    If you’re looking for a reprieve to the doldrums of winter, join the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce this February for an escape to Paris.

    Envision a walk along the Seine, pose for a picture at the Eiffel Tower, feast on Brie or macaroons and sip Cabernet Sauvignon as you mingle with your friends and neighbors.

    Your passport to an evening of fun, romance and wickedly delightful pastries is now available if you attend the Chamber’s Annual Banquet, held Saturday, Feb. 24 in the parish hall at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7353 US-27A, Williston.

  • City hall scheduled for demolition

    Plans are moving at a brisk place in order to get city workers into a new city hall in 2018.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann told the city council Tuesday night that he is waiting on a facility use agreement with the School Board of Levy County in order to use the MP building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

    The building, located in front of the gym, is well suited for a temporary city hall, Lippman said.

  • Arrest made in double shooting

    An arrest was made Dec. 11 in connection with a double shooting that occurred Nov. 24 at Melvin and Alice’s Restaurant, east of Williston.

    Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Anthony Walter Vessels, 26, in Broward County and charged him with two counts of attempted murder.

    The victims were wounded by shotgun rounds fired by an unknown suspect. Following an extensive investigation, LCSO Investigator Justin Douglas was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Vessels.