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Today's News

  • Two vehicle accident claims life of Morriston woman

    A 21-year-old woman was killed Sunday morning after a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 41 near SE 3rd St.

    Catarina Mayom Raymundo was pronounced dead at the scene after the 2012 Mitsubishi she was a passenger in was struck by a 2000 Ford F350 that allegedly crossed into the northbound lane causing a head-on collision.

  • Growing healthy plants
  • No election as candidates file unopposed

    Qualifying for two Williston council seats and the mayoral position concluded at noon Jan. 19 without much fanfare and no opposition for the three people who threw their hats in the ring.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise to many was that long-time Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat did not seek re-election for the first time in 17 years.

    Hethcoat said it was time for him to bow out and focus on other interests and his family.

    In April, the lone candidate for the position, Jerry Robinson, will be sworn in as Williston's mayor.

  • Likwid ready to start fiber optics in Williston

    By David Davis

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council has set five goals for 2018 to help build a stronger economic foundation for the future.

    The goals include completing the economic impact statement for the Inglis whitewater kayaking venue; countywide broadband; investment launch; relaunching the business alliance and establishing a food-related business incubator.

  • Sunday accident claims life

    A Williston man who was involved in a two-vehicle accident around 6:52 p.m. Sunday was killed after he exited his truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Matthew Chance Carlisle, 33, was struck by a semi near the intersection of SR 121 and CR 326 in Morriston after his truck was involved with an accident with a 2013 Jeep driven by Chandler Marie Chandler, 24.

    The FHP report said Carlisle was eastbound on CR 326 and approaching the SR 121 intersection, where Chandler was traveling south.

  • Elderly man injured in drive by shooting

    An elderly man was struck by a wayward bullet Jan. 11 after a drive-by shooting on NE 207 Court, east of Williston.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff's Department, law enforcement officers were dispatched to the area following reports of a shooting. The department was joined at the scene by officers from the Williston Police Department and the Levy County Department of Public Safety.

  • Our view

    The absence of Williston's city manager at last week's council meeting left elected officials twiddling their thumbs as they were faced with the inability to act on time sensitive issues.

    Council members expressed their embarrassment to the audience and those people who had come specifically to get answers to questions.

    Unfortunately, it seemed only the city manager held the key to those answers and he was not there.

    We learned Friday that Scott Lippmann, the manager, had been battling the flu all week and was justified in his absence.

  • No apologies; I'm a sloth

    There was a time that as soon as the door closed behind me at home on Friday night, I'd call out, "Let's go out to eat."

    That's all changed.

    Now I'm pretty much a hermit once I leave the office.

    While the coffee is brewing, I am changing into PJs and settling in for a weekend of nothing-ness.

    There have been many, many weekends of late that once I sequester myself into Ten Broeck Manor, I don't step outside again until Monday morning.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Jan. 2, Faith Lynn Alvarez, 48, Fanning Springs, three counts FTA. Bond $25,000.

    • Jan. 6, Johnnie Russell Arnett, 34, Inglis, and/or use. Bond $5,000.

    • Jan. 2, Jennifer Ann Benchic, 36, Williston, assault on an officer, firefighter, EMT, etc, obstruction W/OV. Bond $35,000.

    • Jan. 4, Robert Paul Cislak, 33, Trenton, VOP.

    • Jan. 2, Rayburn Matthew Corbin, 32, Gainesville, DWLS, and/or use.

  • Happenings

    January

    WWII Vets

    World War II veterans will meet at 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at Cherry's Restaurant in Trenton.

    Contact Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310 for more information.

    HandiCapable Meeting

    HandiCapable Sportspeople will meet noon, Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Black Prong Trail Head, located on CR 337 south of Bronson.

    A free pulled pork sandwich will be included, and at 2 p.m. ideas about the group will be discussed.

    The organization is looking for members of all classes, abilities, disabilities and ages.