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  • AirSign is world's largest airship operator

    Unless you're one of those people who drive around town just to satisfy curiosity or to keep an eye on things, you may not even know of its existence.

    However, in recent weeks, Airsign, owned and operated by Patrick Walsh, inked deals that will once again put Williston on the map and lead to positive economic development for the area.

  • BMHS graduates encouraged to be brave in pursuits

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Bronson Middle High School graduation, held May 25 at the UF Curtis Phillips Center in Gainesville, was anchored by a couple of inspiring student speeches about perseverance and following big dreams.

  • Council grants most financial wishes

    What started out as a bare bones city budget for FY2019-2020 ended up with almost a quarter million dollars in additions during the Williston City Council's second budget workshop Tuesday night.

    For over three hours the council weighed wish list items that included everything from police cars to funding for an animal shelter, but it was salaries that dominated the discussions.

    And in order to fund all the "extras", the millage will most likely go up and the council may need to borrow from its reserves to balance the budget.

  • Wright chosen as city clerk

    Six interviewers. Five applicants. Five hours. One clerk position to fill.

    That set the stage last week when Williston City Council, the mayor and city attorney spent five hours over two days interviewing applicants in order to name a city clerk.

    The result is Latricia Wright, an eight-year city employee, who has been acting as interim clerk since June.

    In accepting the position, Wright became the first black person to hold a city charter position, therefore, etching her name in the annals of Williston forever.

  • State Ethics Commission rejects settlement

    By Sean Arnold

    Chiefland Citizen

    A preliminary investigation by the State of Florida Commission on Ethics found there is probable cause to believe that a former Bronson mayor was in violation of a Florida Statute as the Director of the Levy County School District Department of Transportation due to “exhibiting inappropriate behavior toward a member of his staff.”

  • Low-cost spay, neuter clinic Saturday

     Levy Animal Friends (LeAF) and Sheltering Hands (SH) are partnering to bring The Kitty Kontrol Project to Williston.

    This project will offer low-cost spay & neuter services for homeless cats. Cat colony overpopulation is best addressed when communities combine their efforts and resources to magnify positive results. The goal of the new project is to spay and neuter 1,000 homeless cats and to assist low-income, seniors and veterans with spay and neuter services.

  • Storm water concerns

    Recent rains have caused concern for business owners along NW Main Street and Tuesday night two of the them appealed to Williston City Council for help.

    Janice Fugate, wife of Williston attorney Norm Fugate, told the council that the water flow and subsequent flooding have become much worse since construction began on Heritage Park.

    Armed with photographs, Mrs. Fugate said the water is being pushed down NW 3rd Avenue and flooding the area behind the law offices where employees park.

  • City clerk applicants culled

    And then there were five.

    From a vast pool of applicants for the Williston City Clerk position, the council has pared the list to five people it believes would be qualified to serve in one of the city's chartered posts.

    The council met last week to whittle away at the applicants and each was asked to submit his or her choices. From that pool, five were selected for interviews.

    They are:

    • Cheryl Campbell of Beverly Hills.

  • Gas Outage

    Clichés remain in modern-day usage because of the semblance of truth they hold and Monday night the city of Williston administration learned firsthand all about when it rains it pours.

    Around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon a drizzle suddenly became a torrent, dumping inches of rain over the city.

    Power flickered at least twice but remained on except on NW 7th Street and 9th Circle where a tree fell on lines, causing a power outage on five or six blocks, according to Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann.

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