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Today's News

  • WMHS girls lose squeaker in playoffs

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    The WMHS girls varsity team’s season unfortunately came to an end last week. They lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Lafayette.

    The game, played on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the WMHS gym was a defensive grinder all the way through.

    In the closing minutes, junior guard Destiny Haynes (#14) hit a three pointer to give the girls hope. But the team missed some key free throws down the stretch that ultimately cost them the game. The final score was 24-22 in favor of Lafayette.

  • Dunn favors education back at local level

    By David Davis

    ddavis@chieflandcitizen.com

    A crowd of mostly educators applauded on three occasions when congressman Dr. Neal Dunn mentioned Congress’s commitment to doing away with Common Core, returning control of education to the local level and simplifying the tax code.

  • Exercise caution; vigilance

    Williston is a safe community.

    Police Chief Dennis Strow wants to keep it that way and he's asking the city's residents for their help.

    In the last few weeks, there have been several vehicle break-ins within the city, and two cars were stolen. Both of those cars were found – one because it ran out of gas and the other abandoned.

    "Creepers", people who wander around looking for unlocked vehicles are most likely the suspects, the chief said.

  • Nitrates contaminating springs' basin

    Five times more nitrates than should be present are destroying the Rainbow Springs Basin and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking steps to correct it.

    Tuesday night, the EPD's Mary Paulic told the Williston City Council that the nitrate concentration is too high and algal mats now cover vegetation and the river bottom. Those mats block sunlight and could be detrimental to marine life.

    Agriculture accounts for the largest percentage of nitrogen in the water, she said, but septic tanks also contribute.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Feb. 9, Kenneth A. Ash, 48, Bronson, DWLS – habitual. Bond $2,000.

    • Feb. 8, Rexford Lee Batten, 32, Inglis, VOP.

    • Feb. 10, Maria Del Rosario Becerra-Morales, 40, Dayton, Texas, no DL. Bond $500.

    • Feb. 10, Andrew Jacob Blanton, 30, Chiefland, threats. Bond $75,000.

    • Feb. 10, David Cabral, 24, Bronson, two counts touch or strike. Bond $50,000.

  • Happenings

     

    February

    Cowboy Bob At The Library

    As part of the Black Stallion Literacy Program Cowboy Bob and his Gyspy pony, Max will be visiting the Levy County Public Library System. Cowboy Bob will read stories around the campfire. Then each child at the program will get to visit with his real Gyspy pony, Max. The events are free to youth of all ages and their families.

    Cowboy Bob will be at the Williston Public Library 6 p.m. Feb. 22.

     

    CEE Meeting

  • Puppy Love

    By the time the sun set Valentine's Day, 35 Florida canines had traveled over 1,210 miles to their new homes in Reading, Penn. via Williston Municipal Aiport.

    Lucky Puppy Rescue volunteer Jessica Quinn drove from Bonifay Tuesday morning with the dogs to put them on an airplane bound for their forever homes.

    FlyPups founder and volunteer pilot Matt Kiener loaded the dogs in his plane and by 11:30 was ready to take off to Reading where foster homes are ample and adoptions are already in progress.

  • Klines celebrate Golden Anniversary

    Darrell L. Kline and Mary P. Kline will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Monday, Feb. 20. The couple was married in Freehold, N.J.

    The Klines moved to Morriston in 1992.  They have four children: Lisa Jazikoff, Michael, Chris and Kevin Kline; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    Mr. Kline retired from Ford Motor Company and Mrs. Kline retired from the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Black History Month Celebrated

    For two hours last Friday, the lives of 11 black Levy Countians who worked to make a difference in their communities were honored during the annual Black History Celebration at the Levy County Courthouse.

    Hosted by Chiefland’s Carolyn Cohens, the celebration in its 16th year, brought friends and families together to pay tribute to senior adults who forged pathways for new generations.

    Photos of the 11 were on display among Cohens’ original artwork that depicted scenes of black lives past and present.

  • Block 12 could drain CRA's account

    It started with $163,000 and Monday night over $511,000 was added to it. If all comes to pass, it could cost the city of Williston more than $674,000.

    "It" is Block 12, the area between Main and NE 1st Streets and for the last three years, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has relentlessly pursued its purchase and reformation.

    Seeking ways to further economic development while creating useful parking space, the CRA purchased the property from the owners. All but two owners, John Patrick and Michael Pesso, were on board.