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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Williston begins foreclosures

    Property owners who ignore the fines placed on them by the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement for being in non-compliance with city ordinances may soon face harsher penalties.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann announced Tuesday night that the city now has liens on six non-compliant properties and has begun foreclosure proceedings on three of them.

    Some of property owners have been in non-compliance for over two years, he said, and the fines are growing daily.

  • Voting precincts change

    Voters in Precincts 7 and 2 need to be aware of changes in location to cast ballots in this year’s elections.

    Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones asked for the changes and the Levy County Commission approved the relocations.

    Jones said construction of the Williston City Hall has prompted the move of Precinct 7 to the GFWC Williston Woman’s Club House on State Route 121, or 1049 NE 6th Blvd.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monterey Boats wins in every boat category

    Monterey Boats hosted a company-wide employee celebration April 12 in commemoration of its most recent award from the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

    This year marked the 13th consecutive year Monterey Boats has been presented with the NMMA Customer Satisfaction Index Award.

    The Marine Industry CSI Award honors manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the consumer.

  • Lock it, remove it or lose it

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    “Creeping” and “Car-hopping” are some of the ominous slang that have been used to describe the recent surge of burglaries involving parked vehicles. Within the past week, there have been three reported thefts in the Williston city limits, with local law enforcement agencies strongly advising citizens to stay on alert.

    “Lock it, remove it, or lose it!” is surely simple wisdom provided by the Williston Police Department via their Facebook page.

  • Williston tackles 'Broken Windows Theory'

    For almost four years the city of Williston has seriously pursued property owners who are in non-compliance with city ordinance. Actions range from fines to most recently, foreclosures.

    Councilwoman Nancy Wininger, in her town hall meeting last week, said it's not about the money; it's about getting the property cleaned up so it is in compliance.

  • SCORE can help with your business

    There are more than 10,000 business mentors across the United States and Jim Green hopes to see that number increase as SCORE makes its way into Levy County.

    Green, chairman of Citrus County SCORE (founded as Service Corps of Retired Executives), spoke last week to members of the Williston Chamber of Commerce about bringing the program to Levy County and how it can help small businesses.

    For over 50 years, SCORE has provided free services and mentoring to small businesses to ensure their success in today's market.