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Today's News

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Happenings

     

    February

    WWII Vets

    World War II Vets will meet Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston. This is open to all WW II vets, their spouses or caregivers.

    For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

    Hunter Safety Course

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in February.

    Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

  • 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.