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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Subdivision requests headed to city council

    A proposed subdivision that's been more than two years in development is heading to Williston City Council after the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee spent over 90 minutes Tuesday night discussing the applicant's requests for five variances.

    Covington, located on CR 316 and SR 41 near the new middle high school, is a proposed subdivison with small lots, porch living and minimal front yards. It was originally platted in 1958 when the property was in the unincorporated area of the county.

  • Piper turns one; Andi's a winner

    Birthdays have always been a really big deal in my family.

    Growing up poor, there weren't parties and decorations. Instead my mother always made our favorite dinner and a homemade cake – whatever we wanted.

    When I had children of my own, I was financially better off so there were parties, decorations, cakes, presents. I tried to make each birthday as special as possible because my children are special – and it's their day to celebrate just how extraordinary they are.

  • Decorate for Independence Day

    It's time to put your best patriot foot forward.

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all businesses and residences in the area to decorate for Independence Day.

    Bring out the bunting, fly the flag, rim your house in red, white and blue lights.

    To make it a little more interesting, there will be a contest and the winner in each division (business, residential) will win lunch for four, a certificate of bragging rights and a cash prize.

  • Does your city property flood?

     

    If you live in or own property within the city of Williston and it's prone to flooding after hard rains, there are people who want to talk with you.

    Thursday, July 13 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Williston City Council Chambers at city hall, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) will host an open house to gather information and investigate issues that residents bring before them.

  • 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.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • June 6, Kyle William Allen, 31, Gainesville, DUI, DWLS.

    • June 5, Kayla Castor, 23, Trenton, resisting arrest, burglary of an occupied structure or conveyance, grand theft. ROR.

    • June 8, Robert Paul Cislak, 32, Trenton, three counts FTA. Bond $17,000.

    • June 10, James Denson Jr., 41, Williston, DWLS. Bond $25,000.

  • Happenings

    June

    WAG Adoption Events

    The Williston Animal Group (WAG) will host adoption events the second and fourth Saturday of each month beginning at Winn Dixie Saturday, June 24.

    Pups and information will be there from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

    WAG will sponsor these events through September. Please ask your friends and family to come and support finding these animals forever homes.

    Haven Hospice Training

  • LDS Youth 'Ask of God'

    Approximately 75 youth and 25 adult leaders from the Gainesville Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converged on Williston last Saturday as part of their youth conference.

    The conference theme was “Ask of God” with reference to James 1:5 and stresses the importance of service.

    It culminated with the youth picking up trash on Williston’s streets and interacting with citizens.

    After lunch, Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat expressed to the youth his appreciation for their service and the example they set for other youth