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  • Making economic development work is up to the people

    In six to eight weeks, Williston City Council will find out just what its grant money paid for when Alison Megrath and Dr. Lynn Patterson make their presentation on the city's Comprehensive Plan.

    Monday night, Patterson presented the culmination of months of research and planning on economic development to some of the people whose input is included in the final product.

    She said implementation is not solely up to the council, but must involve the people if it is to work and be an accurate portrayal of what Williston will become.

  • Williston – City with a heart

    By Nancy Wininger

    Guest Columnist

    A friend of mine recently had surgery and developed slight complications with her heart. Anything with your heart doesn’t seem “slight” to me but in her case, it was something that didn’t require surgery but did require monitoring. Thankfully, things turned out well for her and we all breathed a sigh of relief.

    However, it did make me think about which situations in life, health or otherwise, can be handled with just monitoring, and which require “surgery”.

  • April 2

    “You’ve done all the hard work. Now come and listen to the strategy developed based upon your input. Share your comments and thoughts to finalize the strategy.”

    That’s the opening on a flyer distributed this week by Megrath Consulting as the firm winds down into the closing weeks of the city of Williston’s comprehensive plan, mandated by the state of Florida.

    Participants are encouraged to come to the MP building on the campus of the old Williston High School Monday, April 2 from 5-7 p.m. to hear what's ben said.

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  • Ordinance bans pot dispensaries

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy County Commission on March 20 adopted an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas while treating its growing and cultivation like other nurseries.

    The unanimous passing of the ordinance, based on a motion from Mike Joyner and a second from Matt Brooks, came after the second of two public hearings on the matter held at the courthouse in March.

  • With storm season nearing, now's the time to start preparing

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    As Florida springs forward and gets closer to the summer season, hurricane and tropical storm preparedness should always be a top priority. The official season starts June 1, and with the events of Hurricane Irma still in many Levy County residents' rearview mirror, here are some facts and tips to assure that you are prepared for the upcoming season.

  • Hethcoat honored for public service

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Outgoing Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat was celebrated Tuesday, March 20, by the Levy County Commission for his public service and leadership.

     Several commissioners, led by former Williston City Councilman and current County Commissioner Matt Brooks, who counts Heathcoat as an important mentor in his life, described their appreciation for the former mayor’s work.

  • Torando watch in effect until 10 p.m. April 15
  • Classmates reunite after 72 years

    Time and distance often separate high school classmates and though reunions may be held, it’s almost a guarantee that not everyone who walked with you that evening will attend.

    The New Berlin Central High School in Upstate New York, and near Cooperstown, graduated 21 seniors in 1946. Last week two of those graduates got reacquainted over lunch at the Ivy House. It was the first time they’d seen each other since graduation, almost 72 years ago..

  • AirSign helps with world records

    While his business takes place in the air, Patrick Walsh, self-admitted marketing geek, knows how to incorporate the land and water to maximize a client's dollar.

    In early March, one of those clients, T-Mobile, announced it was launching a new phone and needed a way to brand it in the minds of consumers.

    Ideas ran through Walsh's mind. Should he wrap a jet? A fighter plane? What?