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  • Watermelon and biking on tap this weekend

    The 64th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival gets rolling June 2 at 8 a.m. and culminates with the beloved seed-spitting contest at 1 p.m. Most events take place at the Chiefland Trailhead Park at 23 SE Second Ave.

    The vendor booths open at 8 a.m. and the parade will be held at 11 a.m. The watermelon auction will follow at noon, along with the introduction of the 2018 Chiefland Watermelon Pageant Royalty, including Chiefland Watermelon Queen contestants Avianna Liuzzo, Laken Carter, Shelia Engel and Devan Hodge.

  • The best is yet to come

    Williston Middle High School presented 119 candidates for graduation Tuesday night at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Florida. Before the commencement exercise began, some straightened mortarboards before walking into the auditorium. More photos from the evening can be found in our print edition and on our Facebook page.

  • Decade in the Making

    It took 10 years but it was more than worth it, according to the more than 500 people who attended Saturday's dedication of the Williston Veterans' Memorial in Heritage Park.

    Planned by the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and led by its chairman, Kenneth Schwiebert, the memorial will be a living testimony of the gratitude felt by Willistonians for the men and women of America's Armed Forces.

  • Frog's asks for special exception

    Frog's Pad, proposed to be located east of Williston on U.S. 27A, has applied with Levy County for a special exception that would allow the new package store and bar to sell and consume alcoholic beverages on the premises.

    The applicant plans a 6,400 square foot building and a 4,200 square foot patio that will be accessed through the barbecue restaurant's access on U.S. 27.

    The application will be considered at 5:30 p.m. June 4 in the courthouse.

  • New schools' owners

    For two years the buildings that once held middle and high school educators and students in Williston have sat vacant, leaving Willistonians pondering what would become of those properties.

    One of those questions was resolved in late April and the other neared resolution this week.

    At its April 24 meeting, the School Board of Levy County voted to dispose of the old Williston Middle School by donating it to the Levy Schools Foundation.

  • Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. Remember those who served.
  • Memorial dedication is Saturday

    Dreams can and do come true and this Saturday, the long-anticipated recurring dream of the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will become reality as the Veterans' Memorial will be dedicated.

    The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Heritage Park Pavilion and, weather permitting, will move south for the unveiling of the monument that honors the men and women of America's Armed Forces.

  • Fire chief asks for assessment consideration

    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall asked the city council last week if it was interested in pursuing a municipal fire assessment to fund his department.

    Stegall said about 75 percent of Williston residents pay ad valorem taxes and it could be a better way for the city to get the money it needs for the fire department.

  • Schools Foundation honors excellence

    The Levy County Schools Foundation, along with the School Board of Levy County, honored the “Best of the Best” Monday night with a reception and ceremony at Williston Elementary School.

    The Foundation will award 55 scholarships in 2018 totaling $45,000, according to its President Justin Hardy. He also told honorees and their guests that more than $55,000 came back to the schools themselves via education grants for teachers.

  • Veterans' Memorial Dedication Saturday 3 p.m.