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Today's News

  • Hepatitis vaccines available

    Next Tuesday, July 16 the Levy County Health Department will be at two locations in Williston to administer Hepatitis A vaccines.

    The state of Florida is currently seeing a rise in the number of Hepatitis A cases reported.

    Anyone can become infected with Hepatitis A, but some people are at higher risk. People with direct contact with someone who has Hepatitis A, men who have sexual contact with men, people who use drugs and people who are experiencing homelessness are among those at higher risk.

  • Goodman implores council to back animal shelter

    The proposed Williston Animal Shelter is being funded by a private foundation, fundraising and hopefully a USDA grant.

    The city of Williston donated the land for the shelter and has done site work. Councilman Charles Goodman thinks the city needs to put some cash into the project.

    Last Tuesday Goodman asked his fellow council members to allocate funds for the project in the upcoming budget.

    Goodman said he wanted a commitment from the council that it would step up and get it built.

  • Williston voters return to city hall for elections

    Construction on Williston City Hall sent Precinct 7 voters to a temporary location for last year's elections.

    At the June 4 meeting of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, the board approved returning elections to city hall, located at 50 NW Main St.

  • People do exactly what they want to do

    I am a voracious reader – always have been – and no matter what is going on in my life, I manage to read something every single day.

    Granted I am not reading anything deep or profound. I read escapism fiction. Depending on my mood, I could be solving cozy mysteries in a bakery in a small beachside town, or gallivanting off to the 16th century with a Scottish laird. Occasionally I stay in modern times reading about families more dysfunctional than my own.

  • Parkway may include Levy, skirts I-75 counties

    By Mike Wright

    Citrus County Chronicle

    The planned study area for extending the Suncoast Parkway north from Citrus County sidesteps two counties that had raised significant opposition in having the roadway cut through their communities.

    Instead, the Suncoast Parkway’s proposed extension follows a similar path to what was first envisioned for the Suncoast more than 20 years ago, according to maps provided this week by the Florida Department of Transportation.

  • Help needed in unsolved homicide

    It's been five years since Leo Rives, then 31, was killed at the intersection of NE 218 Avenue, east of Williston, and law enforcement officers are asking for the public's help to solve this crime.

    It was around 10:20 p.m. July 5 when a 911 call came in reporting a suspicious vehicle and a possible shooting.

    When law enforcement personnel arrived, they found a white Ford Crown Victoria parked on the roadway and Rives on the ground beside the vehicle. The car was still running and the front driver and passenger doors were open.

  • New laws are now in effect

    Florida’s 2018 legislature passed 200 new laws, many of which were in effect prior to July 1.

    However, 100 of those new laws took effect Monday. Among them are:

    • Texting and driving – now a primary offense, law enforcement officers can now pull over texting drivers without any other reason.

    • Cheaper prescriptions – as long as they are approved by the USDA, less expensive drugs may now be imported from Canada and other countries to Florida.

  • Williston: A happening place

    Projects in Williston are so diversified it took city staff more than an hour to bring council members up to date at Tuesday night's meeting.

    City Planner Jackie Gorman, on staff for a little over six months, said she has been researching old projects and bringing them back to the forefront for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

    In addition to determine what direction Block 12, the parking area behind Main Street, is going, the CRA is also working on signage for the district's businesses and completing improvements in Heritage Park.

  • School Board Chair: No more interruptions

    From Staff Reports

    An audience member went to the podium at the June 11 Levy County School Board meeting and stated that she had three questions about a recent hiring process.

    After the first question, Attorney David M. Delaney advised the board to not respond to the questions and said, “This is a public comment period. Sometimes members of the public or the media can be directed to individuals within the district who can look into a question and get back to them. But the board is not expected to have answers on the spot.

  • Bidders show up ready to buy

    By Suzette Cook

    Chiefland Citizen

    Some bidders were looking for a new place to live or land to farm, others needed a spot to park equipment trailers on, and one person needed a lot to build a spec home on.

    Many reasons brought a crowd of about 75 people to the Levy County Courthouse on June 17 for the first escheated property auction held since 2015.

    Legal Assistant Susan P. Haines served as the auctioneer, and was very happy with the outcome.