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Today's News

  • Chamber of Commerce Mixer is full of surprises

    A family's pet may be one more life that is saved during a house fire thanks to the community-led efforts by PuroClean.

    Kim McLane is spearheading the fundraiser to ensure that at least one animal breathing apparatus is in place with each of the county's fire departments.

    At the Williston Chamber of Commerce mixer, hosted last week by PuroClean, the first respirator was presented to Williston Fire and Rescue.

  • First steps toward new city hall taken

    Before there can be a new Williston City Hall there must be a plan.

    Last week, the Williston City Council voted to get the ball rolling when it agreed to pay more than $200,000 for Oelrich Construction to draft a design and prepare cost estimates for construction.

    Initially it was thought the cost for a new municipal building will cost in excess of $2 million, but last Tuesday it was agreed there is no way to discern actual costs until later.

    Factoring into that cost will be materials for inside and what will be used for the façade.

  • Baseball coach Scott Hall hangs up his cleats

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Over the last six years, the Williston High School baseball program has enjoyed the heights of success unmatched in any sport ever at the school.

    Now, the man steering the ship over that span is leaving to join an old friend.

    Red Devils' baseball coach Scott Hall, who has also served as dean of students and athletic director at WMHS, is headed to the Florida Panhandle, where he’ll be the dean and head baseball coach at Port St. Joe High School.

  • Bond set at $5 million each

    Bond was set at $5 million each for two men accused of sex crimes against a child.

    Jason Allen Fisher, 35, and Ronald Arthur Adams, 59, were arrested June 21 by investigators from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and charged with multiple sex crimes against a child victim.

  • Low-cost spay/neuter termed a success

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and county veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians. 

  • 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.

  • Williston School of Dance turns 40

    Williston School of Dance (WSD) presented its 40th anniversary recital, "Cheers to 40 Years" at the University of Florida's P.K. Yonge Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 13.

    Over 100 students, preschool to young adult, males and females, performed in 35 dances.

    2017 senior soloists were Katie Hagan, Naomi Hurlston, Emily Lowrimore and Janna Thorrington.

  • 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.

  • 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.