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Today's News

  • County agrees to buy old Bronson High

    By Lori Prevatt

    Contributing Writer

    With a purchase price of $1.5 million, the Levy County Commissioners approved the purchase of the old Bronson High School Building at its June 5 meeting.

    County Coordinator Wilbur Dean offered reasons for the Board to proceed with the purchase of the old high school building, located at 350 School St.

    “Levy could put off building a new courthouse for 20 to 30 years if we purchase this building. A little work would need to be done – cosmetic work would be needed,” Dean said.

  • 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.

  • Signs will support local police force

    The Friends of the Williston Department will launch its new fundraiser this Friday, May 4 with "We Back The Blue" signs that are suitable for display in front of your home or business.

    The signs are $10 each and will be available at the Williston Chamber of Commerce, 607 SW 1st Ave., Williston Peanuts 1309 SW 7th St., Williston and Sharon Brannan CPA 161 N Main St., Williston.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.