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Today's News

  • Further fire assessment study

    A presentation Tuesday night by a company that helps government entities determine how to develop special assessments left Williston City Council members with more questions than they felt could be answered during a regular meeting.

    Jeff Rackley of Government Services Group (GSG) spoke at length how his firm can walk Williston through the process to determine its own fire assessment after Fire Chief Lamar Stegall asked the council to consider it last month.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • May 21, Joshua Scott Allen, 33, Cedar Key, VOP.

    • May 24, David Ernest Paul Brigham, 34, Gainesville, out of county warrant. Bond $5,000.

    • May 27, Ronald Webster Cannon, 39, Chiefland, hit and run, DUI. Bond $10,000.

    • May 27, Edwin Echevarria Cardona, 55, Zephyrhills, DUI, fleeing/eluding, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, possession and/or use of drug equipment. Bond $20,000.

  • Bird enthusiasts, take note: This program is for you

    Start off your summer by joining us at the Williston Library (corner of E. Noble Ave. and SE 1st St.) on Saturday, June 2nd, at 2:00 p.m for an introduction to “Birds and Bird Photography,” hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library. The presenter will be John A. Middleton Jr.

  • BMHS graduates encouraged to be brave in pursuits

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Bronson Middle High School graduation, held May 25 at the UF Curtis Phillips Center in Gainesville, was anchored by a couple of inspiring student speeches about perseverance and following big dreams.

  • Watermelon and biking on tap this weekend

    The 64th Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival gets rolling June 2 at 8 a.m. and culminates with the beloved seed-spitting contest at 1 p.m. Most events take place at the Chiefland Trailhead Park at 23 SE Second Ave.

    The vendor booths open at 8 a.m. and the parade will be held at 11 a.m. The watermelon auction will follow at noon, along with the introduction of the 2018 Chiefland Watermelon Pageant Royalty, including Chiefland Watermelon Queen contestants Avianna Liuzzo, Laken Carter, Shelia Engel and Devan Hodge.

  • The best is yet to come

    Williston Middle High School presented 119 candidates for graduation Tuesday night at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Florida. Before the commencement exercise began, some straightened mortarboards before walking into the auditorium. More photos from the evening can be found in our print edition and on our Facebook page.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • May 16, Christopher Scott Allen, 42, Inglis, domestic battery by strangulation. Bond $75,000.

    • May 15, Joshua Benjamin Baldenegro, 28, Gainesville, aggravated assault, battery, two counts possession of a weapon or firearm by a convicted felon, criminal mischief. Bond $525,000.

  • Glitches add to the beauty

    Ken Schwiebert is a perfectionist. If you’re one of his dental patients, you know this. If you’ve held a piece of his woodwork in your hands, you’ve seen it. And if you’ve worked on the veterans’ memorial with him for four years, as I have, you’ve felt it.

    It was November 2014 when I agreed to help with a project that would simmer on the back burner for two full years before finally reaching the boiling point in early 2017.

  • Happenings

    June

    Artists Needed

    Exhibitors are needed for the Starving Artists Showcase, sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, to be held Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Williston’s Heritage Park.

    Artists in all media are invited to participate to showcase and sell their work. 

    Booth space is available for $15 per booth.

    For more information, or an application and rules,  contact the Chamber at 352-528-5552, email wcoc@willistonfl.com or visit at 607 SW 1st Ave., Williston.

  • Decade in the Making

    It took 10 years but it was more than worth it, according to the more than 500 people who attended Saturday's dedication of the Williston Veterans' Memorial in Heritage Park.

    Planned by the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and led by its chairman, Kenneth Schwiebert, the memorial will be a living testimony of the gratitude felt by Willistonians for the men and women of America's Armed Forces.