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  • Council wants answers

    It was a 90-minute Williston Council meeting that had only one agenda item for discussion.

    President Charles Goodman told his council that he'd try to keep the communication segment to 10 minutes, but it was evident that it would be a broken vow once the specifics of the new city hall came into the spotlight.

    Goodman, a contractor, said he'd spent 10-12 hours reviewing a 314-page document about the building and asked council members what they remembered for the roof.

  • Active threat training next week

    The Community Relations Division of the Levy County Sheriff's Office will hold an Active Threat Response class from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Williston Woman's Club, 1049 NE 6th Blvd, Williston.

    The class will help individuals and groups to be better prepared by knowing how to respond in this type of situation. The class is an hour long, with a question and answer following. It is open to anyone age 18 and older.

  • Memorial dedication set for May 19

    It's been almost a decade in the making and at long last Willistonians will have something tangible to commemorate our nation's veterans.

    Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency, (CRA) announced Monday that a dedication ceremony for the Veterans' Memorial in Heritage Park will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19.

    The monument and bricks commemorating veterans are scheduled for installation mid-April.

    A time and schedule of the day's events will be announced at a later date.

  • The JUUL: Old dog with new tricks

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    It’s the tale as old as time, and the song as old as rhyme. When it comes to the tobacco industry, it has always been clever in its endeavors of attracting a youthful, impressionable demographic.

    The latest craze among our teens is called “JUULing”, a phrase that refers to the new alternative cigarette company brand JUUL.

    The company builds e-cigarettes that are in the guise of a USB thumb drive that plugs discreetly into your computer.

  • Businesses of the Year

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    Williston businesses were in the spotlight last Saturday when the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership banquet and installation of officers.

     With a certain je ne sais quoi, local business leaders and their guests were immersed in the Parisian culture without the hassle of booking their accommodations or losing luggage.

  • Williston backs off from middle school project

    A meeting among Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann, City Attorney Fred Koberlein and Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) President Johnnie Jones resulted with the city backing away from the Williston Middle School project.

    Koberlein told the council Tuesday night that his legal opinion is for the MFA to present its plan to develop the property to the School Board of Levy County.

  • Gala raises money for education

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The theme of the 2018 Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Superintendent’s Gala Feb. 17 was, “Planting seeds of knowledge that grow forever.”

    That theme for the Gala, one of two major annual fundraisers for the non-profit, which supplements education funding in the county through scholarships and other means, could just as well have been, “good food, good entertainment and a good cause.”

  • Spay, neuter program enjoys successful launch

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Animal Services is introducing a free trap-neuter-release program in an effort to rein in the county’s feral cat problem.

    The program had its first run Jan. 25, and it was more successful than Darlene Esler, DVM, LCAS staff veterinarian, could have imagined.

  • Qualifying begins Monday

    Voters in the city of Williston will head to the polls April 10 to choose a councilman for "Group A", recently vacated by Kori Lamb, who moved outside the city limits.

    The winning candidate will fill Lamb's unexpired term that ends April 8, 2019.

    Qualifying for the position begins Monday, Feb. 19 at noon and ends Friday, Feb. 23, also at noon.

    Applications and fees ($29) may be submitted to City Clerk Fran Taylor at the temporary city hall, located in the MP building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

  • Another monument challenge

    Karlton Norton, owner of Karlton's Heating and Air, Inc. in Williston not only made a donation to the veterans' memorial fund Tuesday, he also threw down the gauntlet.

    As he passed over his check for $500, he said, "I'd like to challenge all the other heating and air professionals in the community to do the same thing.

    "It (the memorial)means a lot to me," he said, "because without veterans, there would be no businesses."

    The memorial, located in Williston's Heritage Park, is scheduled for completion in April.