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Today's News

  • County sets preliminary assessments

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.

  • The land that GPS forgot

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Citizens of the Gulf Hammock area feel like their area is falling through the cracks when it comes to locating homes for delivery or emergency services, and when it comes to the latter, they’re worried it could prove fatal.

    At the Gulf Hammock Church of God last Thursday, around 30 Gulf Hammock residents met with a handful of county representatives to air out their worries over how the area is represented on mapping systems as well as how it’s handled through the postal system.

  • Get ready for the Peanut Festival

    It's time to start thinking about the 29th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival, scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 7.

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for booth space at the event. Visit www.willistonfl.com or come by the Chamber office at 607 SW 1st. Avenue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Applications for Little Peanut Royalty are also at the Chamber office, city hall and the Chamber website.

  • Happenings

    July

    Movie In The Park For Grownups

    The city of Williston will present Movie in the Park Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Park Pavilion.

    Please bring a chair or blanket and come and enjoy a grown-up friendly movie with free popcorn and drinks provided and sponsored by the First United Methodist Church Youth Group and Maguire’s Auto Repair.

    Upcoming

    FOWL Book Sale

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • July 6, Joseph Ray Ainsworth, 23, Morriston, VOP.

    • July 8, Craig R. Auclair, 35, Yankeetown, touch or strike. ROR.

    • July 8, Tiffany K. Auclair, 31, Yankeetown, touch or strike. ROR.

    • July 6, James William Ausherman, 37, Morriston, touch or strike, petit theft. Bond $35,000.

    • July 3, Zale Baker, 45, Quincy, DWLS. Bond $2,500.

  • Memorial almost ready for bid process

    With Veterans Day four months away, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) knows it's goal is lofty to have the veterans' memorial in place by Nov. 11.

    Monday night CRA Chairman Ken Schwiebert reviewed the landscape architect's drawings for the memorial and told CRA members that the real work begins now.

    Over the next few days, Schwiebert, City Manager Scott Lippmann and city staff will evaluate all facets of the project and determine which, if any must go through a bid process.

  • Levy school district retains 'C' grade pipeline burial

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

    In fact, all 10 of the district’s eligible schools scored the same letter grade as in 2016. The district also retained its ‘C’ grade.

  • County weighs in on medical marijuana

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The state has begun to clarify its position on the regulation of marijuana dispensaries after voters passed a ballot measure last November to allow the sale of medical marijuana in Florida.

    Levy County currently has a moratorium banning the sale of medical marijuana, but it will soon have to make a somewhat longer-term decision.

    At the recent meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners, Board chair John Meeks reported some of his findings on the issue from the Florida Association of Counties Conference.

  • Williston granted waiver for gas pipeline burial

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    There’s a discrepancy between Levy County and the Florida Department of Transportation in how deep a gas pipeline must be buried along their respective right-of-ways.

    The origin of the standard is unclear, but the county requires a minimum of 5 feet from the ground to the top of a pipe, while the FDOT’s standard – as well as the federal requirement – is 36 inches (3 feet).

  • Council negates P&Z's recommendation

    After a lengthy quasi-judicial hearing where five people gave testimony on a proposed subdivision, the Williston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a variance request that had been, in part, denied by the city's Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Board.

    At its June 27 meeting, P&Z approved two of the five requests sought by developer John Curtis for his Covington development, located on CR 316 and SR 41 near the new middle high school.