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Today's News

  • A mayorship done right

    I met Gerald Hethcoat when I first moved to Florida back in 2005. I worked for another newspaper back then, and every Friday, he'd swing by the office to buy a paper and catch up. I liked him immediately.

    Three years later I found myself in Williston and seeing him a lot more than once a week.

    When my freelance reporter retired, I had to start covering the council meetings and seeing The Mayor in action at least twice a month.

  • Likwid will break ground Feb. 1

    High speed Internet via fiber optics will soon become a reality in Williston when Likwid, the company that will do the work, breaks ground Thursday, Feb. 1 at 4:30 near the Williston Police Department.

    Christopher Smith, Likwid's president, said his company will partner with Al's TV to provide a local office for customers to visit and sign up for services.

    "I look forward to seeing people from the community there who deserve this service and want to support new Internet options," Smith said.

  • Two vehicle accident claims life of Morriston woman

    A 21-year-old woman was killed Sunday morning after a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 41 near SE 3rd St.

    Catarina Mayom Raymundo was pronounced dead at the scene after the 2012 Mitsubishi she was a passenger in was struck by a 2000 Ford F350 that allegedly crossed into the northbound lane causing a head-on collision.

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  • DOH urges flu shots now

     By Wesley Asbell

    Special to the Pioneer

    In Florida and throughout the United States, flu activity is on the rise. In Levy County, we are currently seeing moderate influenza activity that is actively increasing. There was a sharp increase this past week (Jan. 9-16) among all age groups.

  • Power flickers send consumers to council

    A half dozen or more Williston business owners and residents put the city council on notice Tuesday night that they will hold the council accountable for their electric service – or lack of it.

    Dixie Howell told the council that service has declined over the past several years and not only are the constant outages inconvenient, they are also detrimental to her business, Dixie's Antiques on Noble Avenue. That point was echoed by Katherine Inman, owner of Klover Leaf Tack on 7th Avenue.

  • No election as candidates file unopposed

    Qualifying for two Williston council seats and the mayoral position concluded at noon Jan. 19 without much fanfare and no opposition for the three people who threw their hats in the ring.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise to many was that long-time Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat did not seek re-election for the first time in 17 years.

    Hethcoat said it was time for him to bow out and focus on other interests and his family.

    In April, the lone candidate for the position, Jerry Robinson, will be sworn in as Williston's mayor.

  • Likwid ready to start fiber optics in Williston

    By David Davis

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council has set five goals for 2018 to help build a stronger economic foundation for the future.

    The goals include completing the economic impact statement for the Inglis whitewater kayaking venue; countywide broadband; investment launch; relaunching the business alliance and establishing a food-related business incubator.

  • Council agrees to city hall contract

    Flexibility.

    That was the word used most often Friday during an emergency called meeting of the Williston City Council to discuss whether the city will get a new municipal building.

    Stephen Bloom, the city's contracted Chief Financial Officer, told the council (with Elihu Ross absent) that he had prepared several financing scenarios, all of which are designed to give the city maximum flexibility when acquiring the $2.5 million it needs for construction.

  • Sunday accident claims life

    A Williston man who was involved in a two-vehicle accident around 6:52 p.m. Sunday was killed after he exited his truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Matthew Chance Carlisle, 33, was struck by a semi near the intersection of SR 121 and CR 326 in Morriston after his truck was involved with an accident with a 2013 Jeep driven by Chandler Marie Chandler, 24.

    The FHP report said Carlisle was eastbound on CR 326 and approaching the SR 121 intersection, where Chandler was traveling south.