Local News

  • Don't be a statistic

     This year more than 246,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women. That’s 2,000 more cases than in 2013.

    Additionally, 61,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ, a noninvasive cancer that is the earliest form of breast cancer, will be diagnosed.

    More than 40,450 women will die this year from breast cancer, another increase since 2013.

    One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • Levy down from TS storm warning to watch

     Levy County has been dropped from a Tropical Storm Warning to Watch status as of 11:26 Friday morning, good news for residents fearing the effects of Hurricane Matthew as he headed up the East Coast of Florida.

  • Emergency Management 11 a.m. update

    Here's the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management Department:

    • Levy County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and the county can expect 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts. But if Hurricane Matthew moves any more to the west, residents need to be prepared for higher winds. This storm's path could change at the last minute.

    • This is not expected to be a rainfall event. 

  • Schools close Friday

    Here is the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management and the next update will come at 11 a.m. after a briefing:

    "There is not much change in the track (of Hurricane Matthew) and we expected that, said David Peaton, assistant director at LCEM. 

  • Class of 1966 celebrates 50 years
  • 'I am not a drunk or grouch'

    Most people wouldn't care that people who pass them on the street think they're unfriendly.

    But Archie (Butch) MacKenzie isn't most people.

    In 2005, Butch, 84,  had a stroke that has rendered him dizzy every day since. The dizziness makes getting around difficult.

    Butch moved to Williston a year ago from New Hampshire and walks every day for his health.

  • Register now for Toys for Tots

     The Tri-County Toys for Tots campaign has announced registration dates, times, and locations. There will be one registration date in each county. Residents are encouraged to make plans to attend one of these events, as additional registration opportunities may be limited. Registration requirements are listed below.


    • Dixie County –  Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-noon at Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. Highway 19, Cross City;

  • Moody sets retirement date

    County Coordinator Fred Moody, Levy County's top executive, will be retiring before the end of the year. Moody has made no secret of his desire to spend more time with his wife, Ann, who retired from the county clerk's office last year and to spend time with family.  

    He has been planning his retirement for several years and earlier this year indicated he would be leaving as soon as the “new” board is seated. 

  • Mayor declares state of emergency

    Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat strives to be proactive rather than reactive and took quick steps Tuesday to ensure his city's residents would be protected by declaring a state of emergency for Williston as Hurricane Matthew swiped a path toward Florida.

    Hethcoat told the city council that as soon as Florida Gov. Rick Scott made the same declaration, he had a document drafted doing the same.

  • Bronson's James H. Cobb Park receives new funding

     By Sean Arnold

    The Town of Bronson was presented a check from Florida State Parks manager Tommy Pavao for $50,000 on behalf of the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) at the town council meeting on Monday.