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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.

  • Bronson raises wastewater rates

    By John Tyler Nilsen

    Contributing Writer

     The Bronson Town Council issued a reminder at its Monday meeting that planned increases to wastewater rates will go into effect beginning in July.

    The base rate will increase by $5.61, going from $23.10 to $28.71. The rate increases were approved in January 2017, upon recommendation from the USDA. Rates are scheduled to rise in 2019 as well, Mayor Bruce Greenlee said.

  • Meet Williston's newest police officer

    Not only is Shadow Williston's newest police officer, at 1-year-old, he's also the youngest.

    The officer, born in Hungary, came to Williston via New Smyrna Beach and along with his partner, Officer Rich Peters, will soon begin training in narcotics detection, searches, tracking and criminal apprehension.

    Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson introduced the German Shepherd to the public and city council Tuesday night, adding that the canine officer comes to Williston at no cost to its citizens.

  • Williston School of Dance hosts camp performance June 15

    Williston School of Dance presented its 41st-year recital, "It's About Time", Saturday, May 12, at the PK Yonge Performing Arts Center in Gainesville.

    Over 100 youth performed in over 30 dances, ranging from hip hop to classical ballet, Irish "Riverdance"-style stepdancing to salsa.

    The honored high school senior was Anna Petteway, an accomplished Irish dancer, who trained at Williston School of Dance since she was age three.

  • 'Helpful’ bird lover shares tips on birding, photography

    To “stir enthusiasm and gratitude” because we are “surrounded by so much beauty” is the goal of John Middleton, a passionate birder and photographer of nature. This former Florida Park Ranger, leadership consultant and pastor who grew up in Jacksonville drove from Lafayette County to share that passion in a recent program at the Williston Library which he called “Birds and Bird Photography: An Introduction.” The program was hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library (FOWL).

  • County agrees to buy old Bronson High

    By Lori Prevatt

    Contributing Writer

    With a purchase price of $1.5 million, the Levy County Commissioners approved the purchase of the old Bronson High School Building at its June 5 meeting.

    County Coordinator Wilbur Dean offered reasons for the Board to proceed with the purchase of the old high school building, located at 350 School St.

    “Levy could put off building a new courthouse for 20 to 30 years if we purchase this building. A little work would need to be done – cosmetic work would be needed,” Dean said.

  • Grants coming to police department

    Williston's two police leaders, Chief Dennis Strow and Deputy Chief Clay Connolly are always trying to make copper wire from stretching pennies.

    Last week, Connolly told Williston City Council members he had applied and received a grant from USDA to fund three new police vehicles.

    While it is a matching grant, the city will pay $32,000 and receive $75,000 from USDA to buy the vehicles. It's like three for the price of one.

    The city's portion of the grant will come from money already in the budget that is earmarked for police vehicles.

  • Air ambulance comes to Levy

    When lives are hanging in the balance and time is of the essence, sometimes traditional ground transportation just isn't enough.

    Williston and Levy County residents can now add another plus to their column for reasons to live here.

    PHI Air Medical is waiting on a Certificate of Need from from the Agency of Health Care Administration (AHCA) and once issued will be making the Williston Airport its home base.

  • $tarving Artists' $howcase Saturday

    Are you looking for the perfect painting or photograph to hang in your new home? Do you have a passion for homemade soaps, jewelry and candles?

    This Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. visit Williston’s Heritage Park where local artists will exhibit their work in the Williston Chamber of Commerce’s $tarving Artists’ $howcase.

    Artists from three counties will be on hand exhibiting and selling their work at starving artists’ prices – all below $100.