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Today's News

  • Council reviews city hall proposals

    Members of Williston City Council are now reviewing four proposals for the design and construction of a new city hall. The council hopes to evaluate and score the applicants in time to make a decision at the next council meeting, Feb. 21.

    Those vying for the opportunity to modernize city hall include BBI Construction, TWC, Parrish-McCall Constructors and Oelrich Construction.

    Council had planned to discuss the proposals Tuesday night, but City Attorney Fred Koberlein reminded them that the RFP said each contender would be scored.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Jan. 30, Nelson Miguel Berrios, 24, Williston, DWLS. Bond $1,000.

    • Feb. 2, Johnny Michael Butler, 39, Cross City, two out of county warrants.

    • Feb. 2, Shawn Aaron Caruthers, 43, Chiefland, possession with intent to sell, manufacture, deliver Schedule III drugs, within 1,000 feet of specified area with Schedule I or II drugs. Bond $100,000.

    • Jan. 30, Kjuantavis Jamal Coffee, 22, Chiefland possession of marijuana over 20 grams. ROR.

  • Back-to-Back Champs

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    Last week was a big week for Williston hoops when the Williston High School girls' team took home their second consecutive district championship, while the boys went 2-0 and sent off an impressive senior class.

    After a first round bye, the girls started off the district tournament Feb. 2 against Fort White. The game, held in Hilliard, was not close, as the Devils won 76-42.

  • Pay raises dominate council meeting

    A resolution to bring the city of Williston's employees' salaries to a more competitive rate drew a myriad of emotions Tuesday that after an hour of discussion resulted in a split council vote.

    In a 2-3 vote with Councilmen Kori Lamb, Charles Goodman and Elihu Ross opposed to a blanket pay increase, the resolution died but not after almost everyone spoke his mind.

    City Clerk Fran Taylor and City Manager Scott Lippmann presented a salary comparison chart of 13 different municipalities.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Jan. 24, Nickole Alice Avery, 41, Bell, out of county warrant. Bond $5,000.

    • Jan. 27, Noah Keith Bevins, 35, Inglis, two out of county warrants, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, obstruction W/OV, possession of a controlled substance, and/or use. Bond $86,555.

    • Jan. 24, Michelle Anne Cooper, 53, Ocala, out of county warrant. Bond $5,000.

  • City picks up the gauntlet

    Six months ago we challenged the city of Williston to take a little pride in its own properties before mandating its residents do the same.

    Over 60 years of weather and neglect marred the faces of two prominent city properties – city hall and its annex.

    Chipped, flaking paint; mildewed facades and the absence of landscaping created eyesores in our midst.

    Those of us who live here saw the deterioration day in and day out. We saw it so often, we soon became complacent about it and in time, immune to it.

  • Girls lose, boys win

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    Last week was an eventful one for the Williston Hoops teams. The girls, who were supposed to have two games but cancelled one, went 0-1, while the boys went 2-0. The girls' loss came at Trenton (who on the year is 22-3), while the boys beat both North Marion and Dixie County.

    The boys started off the week at home, on Jan. 25 against North Marion. The game was a nail biter that came down to the last seconds, but the Devils won by a score of 54-50.

  • Bronson mayor wants to expand MLK festivities

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Bronson mayor Bruce Greenlee has a goal to expand on the town’s march and festivities for the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with a focus on getting more students involved.

  • Mattair receives national honor

    Kelvin Mattair, of Williston has been named one of nine Fellows selected for The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) inaugural 2017 National Mentoring Summit Fellowship Program.

    As a Fellow, Mattair, Project Director of the JBU Mentoring Program at the Unity Family Community Center, Inc., has been awarded admission and a travel stipend to attend MENTOR’s annual National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • P&Z deems Ch. 48 'too subjective'

    Months and months of rewriting, reviewing and rewording came to a halt Tuesday night when the city of Williston's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee failed to validate the rewrite of Chapter 48 of the Code of Ordinances.

    The rewrite, done by the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), and predominately one of its members, Bruce Schupp, attempted to put stricter policies in place for the code enforcement officer to carry out.