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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Happenings

    May

    Tai Chi Classes

    Tai Chi classes for arthritis and fall prevention will be held Monday and Wednesday beginning May 8 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at 623 East Noble Ave., Williston.

    Comfortable attire is requested. The instructor will be Elizabeth Dalusio.

    To pre-register, call Phyllis Williams at Fountain of Life Church, 538-4474.

    For more information call, 692-5219.

    CEE Meeting

  • Noted architect to address Williston issues

    Architect Bill Warinner will be the guest speaker next week when the city of Williston holds its next visioning workshop.

    Warinner will speak on “Historic Districts: Myths and Realities” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25 in the council meeting room, adjacent to city hall.

     Warinner has been a professional designer since 1963 and established the Aachen Designers in 1971.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture design from the University of Florida and attended graduate school at UF studying Architecture in Historical Preservation.

  • Memorial service is Friday

    The annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 19 in Williston's Heritage Park Pavilion.

    The ceremony will honor the lives of Cpl. David Moss of the Williston Police Department and Deputy Sheriff A. Haygood Ellzey of the Levy County Sheriff's Department. Both men were killed in the line of duty.

  • WHS graduation is Monday

    More than 130 Williston High School seniors are candidates for graduation next Monday, May 22 when the class celebrates the end of one era and the beginning of another at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville at 7 p.m.

    Valedictorian Robert Sistrunk Jr. will lead the Class of 2017 and will deliver his address that will combine serious notes with a dose of humor.

    A salute to the graduates, and stories on the valedictorian and co-salutatorians, Emory Allnut and Sheri Miller, is in this week’s edition.

  • Problem in Williston?

    It's rare that Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann airs his frustrations in a public meeting. Tuesday night was an exception.

    Lippmann, who was hired in 2012, said it is troubling when city residents go to a council member expecting a resolution to a problem.

    Instead, he suggested, council members should ask residents, "Have you contacted city hall?"

    Lippmann said the chain of command needs to be followed if any resident is having issues.

  • Students have minor injuries following accident

    Thirteen students were taken to Regional General Hospital this morning (Wednesday) after the school bus they were riding in was struck from behind by a pickup truck. Students were reported to have minor injuries.

    According to Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow, at 7:36 a.m., the Williston Police Department, Williston Fire Rescue, Marion County Fire Rescue and Levy County Department of Public Safety responded to the 800 block of East Noble Avenue where the accident occurred.