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Today's News

  • Grants coming to police department

    Williston's two police leaders, Chief Dennis Strow and Deputy Chief Clay Connolly are always trying to make copper wire from stretching pennies.

    Last week, Connolly told Williston City Council members he had applied and received a grant from USDA to fund three new police vehicles.

    While it is a matching grant, the city will pay $32,000 and receive $75,000 from USDA to buy the vehicles. It's like three for the price of one.

    The city's portion of the grant will come from money already in the budget that is earmarked for police vehicles.

  • Air ambulance comes to Levy

    When lives are hanging in the balance and time is of the essence, sometimes traditional ground transportation just isn't enough.

    Williston and Levy County residents can now add another plus to their column for reasons to live here.

    PHI Air Medical is waiting on a Certificate of Need from from the Agency of Health Care Administration (AHCA) and once issued will be making the Williston Airport its home base.

  • Breaking the 10th Commandment

    Tradition states there are 613 commandments in Mosaic Law.

    Somehow, the translators who worked for King James in 1604 decided to pare those laws down into what we refer to as the Ten Commandments.

    For many, like me, I suppose that in itself is a blessing. Keeping 10 laws can be a daunting task so I can only imagine if I had to remember and adhere to 603 more.

    It’s reminiscent of one of the Lemony Snicket books, The Vile Village, where the Baudelaire children are forever breaking laws because there are so many they cannot remember them.

  • $tarving Artists' $howcase Saturday

    Are you looking for the perfect painting or photograph to hang in your new home? Do you have a passion for homemade soaps, jewelry and candles?

    This Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. visit Williston’s Heritage Park where local artists will exhibit their work in the Williston Chamber of Commerce’s $tarving Artists’ $howcase.

    Artists from three counties will be on hand exhibiting and selling their work at starving artists’ prices – all below $100.

  • 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.