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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Veterans' Memorial gets a much needed push

    Two large contributions and a lot of hard work by a few dedicated volunteers have pushed the fund for a Veterans' Memorial past the original goal.

    Three years ago, when the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first conceived the notion of a memorial, donations were slow to come in and the bricks that honored veterans were only purchased sporadically.

    In March, David Wilson, himself a veteran, told the CRA he was "saddened and embarrassed" by the lack of a memorial.