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  • Superintendent warns of amendment proposals threatening local control

    Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Edison is weary of state amendment proposals that are in the pipeline that would limit local control for school boards, and he cautioned the Levy County Commission that those measures are part of an overall trend from state leadership that is likely to affect local government.

  • Take precautions with freezing temps looming

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is urging local residents and business owners to take preventative measures to protect pipes, irrigation systems and even crops as many across the District face freezing temperatures throughout the week.

    Weather forecasts are predicting three nights of hard and light freezes (sustained temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the District; including the possibility of hail and/or frozen precipitation Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.

  • AirSign Blimp will dock at airport

    If you've always wanted to get up close and personal with an airship (blimp), you'll get your chance Monday, Jan. 8 when AirSign docks The American Blimp Company’s A-60 Airship at Williston Municipal Airport. Guided tours will be available from 9-11 a.m.

    Future plans include, AirSign locating up to seven blimps permanently at Williston Airport with up to 130 new jobs in the first year.

    AirSign, owned by Patrick Walsh, recently acquired two other companies, making AirSign the largest in the world.

  • Couple charged with child neglect

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    A couple found unconscious in their vehicle Dec. 19, while parked at the fuel pumps at Circle K face charges of child neglect, according to Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavits.

    Courtney R. Hyche, 21, of Inglis, and Brandon C. Pickel, 23, of Williston, were both found unconscious by law enforcement authorities upon their arrival at the convenience store at 11946 N. Williams St., the report stated. After speaking with a store employee, it was determined the pair were unconscious for approximately 30 minutes.

  • Grant would extend county's mental health services

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    There are efforts underway to bring a mental health court to Levy County, and a new grant approved by the county will support fact-finding and organizing that could help lead to its realization.

  • Site approved for RV park

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    A 180-acre site located on the southeastern edge of Williston has been approved by the county for use by a prospective RV park.

    Jose Morales’ requests for the site, which included changes to part of the property’s land-use designations, a rezoning as well as a special exception that is required by all prospective RV park sites, were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission Dec. 19.

    Public hearings were at the meeting before the adoption of the ordinances, and no objections were raised.

  • Council utters 'eminent domain'

    For over three years Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has tried to improve the area known as Block 12 to include a paved parking lot that would not only help current businesses, but perhaps attract new development to the area as well.

    However, for every step forward the CRA has made, it's almost as if it has taken two backward.

  • City hall scheduled for demolition

    Plans are moving at a brisk place in order to get city workers into a new city hall in 2018.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann told the city council Tuesday night that he is waiting on a facility use agreement with the School Board of Levy County in order to use the MP building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

    The building, located in front of the gym, is well suited for a temporary city hall, Lippman said.

  • Arrest made in double shooting

    An arrest was made Dec. 11 in connection with a double shooting that occurred Nov. 24 at Melvin and Alice’s Restaurant, east of Williston.

    Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Anthony Walter Vessels, 26, in Broward County and charged him with two counts of attempted murder.

    The victims were wounded by shotgun rounds fired by an unknown suspect. Following an extensive investigation, LCSO Investigator Justin Douglas was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Vessels.

  • Williston sets city election for March 6

    Three positions are up for grabs in the Williston City Election, scheduled for March 6.

    The mayoral seat, currently held by R. Gerald Hethcoat, is one of the slots that will be filled. Additionally, Group D, the seat held by current Council President Charles Goodman and Group E, held by Vice President Nancy Wininger are also available.