Local News

  • County hires first public safety director

    Levy County has hired its first public safety director and he will start work on Aug. 22.
    David L. Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, has accepted the position that carries a $65,000 annual salary.
    The Levy County Commission unanimously approved Knowles’ hiring at its Aug. 2 regular meeting.  He was their top choice among six candidates interviewed by the commission in July.

  • Walk of Faith

    When Levy County school bells ring Aug. 22, a new school will chime in as it greets its first student body after a year and a half of the three Ps–planning, preparing and praying.
    Williston Central Christian Academy, a kindergarten through sixth grade school, is in the final days of “let’s see what we lack” before the doors open in less than two weeks.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Robert Philpot, retired agricultural educator from Williston, has been selected as the 2011 Florida winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).   
    The NAAE Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes agricultural educators who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels over the course of their careers.

  • Only one attends assessment hearing

    The Levy County Commission expressed shock that it drew only one taxpayer to a public hearing on special assessments on Tuesday evening in the commission meeting room.

    It was a sharp change from two years ago when the hearing was held in the larger Courtroom A at the County Courthouse to accommodate the people objecting to increases in special assessments and any increase in property taxes.

  • Clip & Save

    Ask anyone in Williston who the reigning Queen of Coupon royalty is and without hesitattion the name Jennifer Goode Jones comes up.

    Jones, a Realtor, traffic school owner, wife and mother of two, began looking two years ago at ways to save money.

    After a lot of reading and research, she set out to put her newfound knowledge to the test by coupon clipping and redemption. 

  • Budget Season

    As early as this Friday, Williston City Council members could learn the beginnings of the city’s financial situtation, as plans for the 2011-2012 budget are picking up speed.

  • Morning accident takes life of former WHS student

    A student who was once in the class of Williston High School 2011 was killed this morning in an accident on SR 121, near Wacahoota.

    Michael Alfred Cuello, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene after a two-car accident around 6:27 a.m.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Cuello’s 2008 Hyundai Elantra was traveling west when it drifted into the eastbound lane, which was occupied by a 2002 Chevrolet pickup, driven by James Scott Arrington, 35, of Williston.

  • Williston teen killed in early morning accident
  • Seen from the air: Pot spotted; property owner arrested

    A Morriston man who has been arrested three times in the past for growing marijuana was nailed again last week.

    Mark O’Leary, 60,  of SE 25th St. was arrested July 20 after the Levy County Drug Task Force and Army National Guard conducted an aerial search looking for marijuana plants.

    The plants were spied by Capt. Danny Riffle, who  has been spotting marijuana plants since 1983 and has seized millions  of dollars worth of drugs.  Deputies on the ground responded to the area and confiscated 247 marijuana plants. 

  • Williston not out of Eco Sciences site selection

    Williston City Council members were dismayed last week to learn that Eco Sciences, the company that offered to pay the city for its waste water, was no longer interested in coming to a site at the airport.

    At the city council meeting, Councilor Brooks Holloway told council members that Gary Hammond, Eco Sciences CEO, had decided to move the project to a different city.

    “This costs the city $109,200 a year,” Holloway said, adding the reason was “because of the unprofessionalism of the council.”