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  • Commission wants citizens to speak up

    What kind of services do residents of Levy County want and what are they willing to pay?
    Will they pay more taxes to keep the current level? Are there services they are willing to do without?
    Those are some of the questions on the minds of county commissioners as they wrap up work on a $59,192,855 budget and prepare to make a final decision on the property tax millage rate.

  • Two killed in accident

    Two people were killed Monday afternoon when the driver of the car apparently pulled into the path of an oncoming car.
    Gracie Brassfield Parker, 50, of Bronson and Louvina Water Dallas, 81, of Williston were pronounced dead on the scene by Levy County EMS  Paramedic Jeff Turner at the site of the accident on CR 323.
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Parker, the driver of a 1991 Dodge Dynasty was traveling south on CR 323. A 1998 Ford flatbed truck, driven by Darren Aubrey Parks, 24, of Morriston was traveled north on CR 323.

  • We remember

    Like generations before who remember Pearl Harbor or JFK, most of us can recollect with clarity where we were Sept. 11, 2001when we first heard about the four plane crashes that signaled the terrorists’ attacks on our country.
    This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the fateful day that sent America into a tailspin, and changed almost all in some way.

  • Councilman's wife dies in accident

    An accident that killed a Williston woman early Wednesday morning closed a portion of SR 121 South for more than an hour.

    Aleta Ann Shoemaker, 65, and the wife of Williston City Councilman Michael Shoemaker, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9:49 a.m.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by David Burch, 63, of Citra was southbound around 9:20 a.m.

    Shoemaker, riding a Harley Davidson Sportster was northbound and had just negotiated a curve before entering a straight section of the road.

  • Wife of Councilman Shoemaker dies in early morning accident
  • Yard sale proceeds benefit Justin Fairbanks

    A community yard sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 3 beginning at 8 a.m. at 506 SE 1st Ave, Williston (across from Good Samaritan).
    Proceeds will help Justin Fairbanks and his family.

  • Courage to Fight

    Gerry Petrone, right, of Bronson, was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award during ceremonies held last week in Gainesville. The award reads,  “In Recognition of Courage, Determination and a Positive Attitude in Fighting Cancer.”  Petrone received the award both locally and statewide and will travel to Orlando Sept. 10 to receive the state award.  

  • Quincy Cason returns inspired from HOBY

    When the Rotary Club of Williston decided to help sponsor Williston High School student Quincy Cason at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) World Leadership Congress, members could not have known that he would come back a changed man.
    Last week Cason regaled Rotarians with details from his weeklong adventure in Chicago during July.
    The Congress was made up of more than 400 students from both the United States and abroad.

  • Greg Lau earns spot in Bass Hall of Fame

    Wiilliston’s Greg Lau has been elected into the 2012 Class of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
    Lau, a fishing guide on Lake Erie, gave up guiding to pursue a career in cinematography. As a producer and director, he created more than 300 commercials and 200 televison programs, including segments on The American Sportsman, Wild, Wild World of Animals, Sports Afield, the Outdoorsman and Quest of Adventure.
    He is renowned for his documentary, Bigmouth, which explores the life cycle of largemouth bass.

  • Couple killed in Saturday accident

    An Ocala couple with strong ties to Williston were killed Saturday when the car they were driving was struck with a car driving the wrong way.
    Tracey Lee Roberts, 43, and his wife, Shelley Mohan-Bell Roberts, 40, were pronounced dead at the scene on US 27, one mile south of NW 154th Avenue in Marion County.
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Roberts’ 2000 Chevy was struck by a 1998 Jeep driven by  Leonel Hernandez-Ocampo, 35, of Willison.