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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Historic districts can add to city's flavor

    A dozen people interested in bettering the city of Williston listened to an expert on historic districts explain why they add value to a community.

    Bill Warinner, an architect and Realtor, told how his input has helped Gainesville organize its historic buildings and preserve the city's rich history.

    Auguste Zettler, Matt Marino and Josie Lodder were all on the same page –preserving the Williston that is Williston.

  • Happenings

    May

    Movie in the Park

    The city of Williston will host another Movie in the Park Friday, May 26 at the Heritage Park Pavilion beginning at 7:30 p.m. No admission. Free popcorn and drinks.

    Dementia Support Group

    A local support group for caregivers who are coping with loved ones suffering from dementia will have its first meeting Saturday, May 27 from 1-3 p.m. in the community center at Williston City Hall, 50 NW Main St.

  • Spring finale ends in domination for Devils

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    The Red Devil Football team ended its spring on a high note last Thursday night, beating the Hamilton County Trojans by a score of 56-8, thoroughly manhandling the opposing team all night long.

    The Devils took it to the Trojans throughout the game.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    • May 18, Jerry Lee Alexander, 57, Morriston, DWLS – habitual. Bond $2,500.

    • May 18, John Nicholas Arcangeli, 32, Morriston, non-support of children or spouse. Bond $200.

    • May 15, April Savina Arroyo, 24, Palmetto, possession not more than 20 grams, and/or use. Bond $1,000.

    • May 15, Corey Chase Barwick. 19, Inglis, touch or strike. Bond $10,000.

    • May 21, Brian Lee Baxley, 39, Hawthorne, touch or strike. ROR.

  • WMHS baseball team muscles up

    Two back-to-back state championships, winning seasons and a new school prompted Dr. Bill Martin to do something to maintain the edge: he donated weight machines to the WMHS athletic department for the baseball team.

    Valued at over $8,000, the weight bench and accoutrements, along with a hack squat machine, were made available for usage this season.

  • BACE opens can of worms over permit

    What should have been a simple matter of non-compliance or compliance took an unexpected turn Monday night when the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) learned the property owners are long deceased.

    The property, located at 1143 NE 3rd Ave., was cited for having a storage shed onsite without first obtaining a permit and because two vehicles had been on jacks for an extended period.

    The property is listed under Margaret Brown and Albert Rivers, but Brown and Rivers have been dead for about 30 years.

  • Gas tax passed

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday passed a gas tax ordinance for five cents per gallon of motor fuel.

    The ordinance, which required a supermajority, passed on a four-to-one vote. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2018.

    The tax does not apply to diesel fuel, which is already levied at its maximum allowed rate throughout the state.

    The motion was offered by Mike Joyner and seconded by Rock Meeks.

  • Confessions of a shoe-aholic

    Next to bacon and coffee, shoes have to be my favorite tangible things in this life, because no matter matter how many doughnuts, Reese's Cups and pounds of bacon I consume, my feet remain virtually unchanged.

    I wear a 7 1/2 – and I have since high school. Occasionally now I'll buy an 8 though if the shoe doesn't come in my size and I just have to have it. It also helps with the swelling after a long 14-hour day.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • May 12, Jessica Lynn Aguon, 30, Old Town, use, possession or manufacturing paraphernalia to transport drugs, selling methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine. Bond $200,000.

    • May 13, Emory Randolph Beasley, 36, Crystal River, violation of FWC rule. ROR.