Local News

  • LARC funding cut by Gov. Scott

    Thelma McCain knows how important it is to feel needed, to have a purpose, something to do. Her developmentally disabled son, Harold, 48, has been finding things to do through the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens for 26 years.
    McCain, a Cedar Key resident who volunteers at LARC, said, “At the end of the day, they see something they have accomplished.
    “These people don’t have anywhere else to go. When they are at LARC, they get to do things. They need a life, other than just sitting, watching TV or something.”

  • County commission brainstorms

    Levy County is moving into the 21st Century, while returning to its old ways.
    During the formal meeting last week and free-wheeling workshop later, led by Commissioners Ryan Bell of Chiefland (R-District 2) and Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3), the commission discussed:

  • Mother outraged that son spanked at school

    It’s not that she doesn’t believe in spanking–because she has spanked her three children in the past, but Williston’s Tenika Jones opposes corporal punishment in schools.
    That opposition is stronger now that her  5-year-old son Jeff (not his real name) was the recipient of a paddling Feb. 1 that, according to her, led to an asthma attack.
    Jones said when she went to meet the school bus that February afternoon, Jeff was crying when he came off the bus.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    A year of bake sales, yard sales and specialty dinners will come to a close Saturday as fundraisers for the Relay for Life gather at the Williston High School football field to celebrate their hard work.
    Relay, the chief money raiser for the American Cancer Society, also celebrates its 10th year in Williston.
    Cancer survivors will be the guests of honor when the event kicks off at noon and closes early Sunday morning.

  • Three charged with stripping irrigation pipes

    Edward Fenton, James Blundy and Travis Egyed are charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen property after spending the wee hours Friday morning stripping wire from an irrigation system on a Williston farm, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Manager gets bonus after resignation

    In a unanimous 4-0 vote Tuesday night, Williston City Council approved a three-month severance package for Marcus Collins, the city manager who resigned March 23.
    Collins, who earned $80,000 annually plus benefits (vacation, sick days, insurance, etc), tendered his resignation March 23 but asked that he not have to fulfill his contract that calls for a 90-day notice.
    “He pulled the city back from almost bankruptcy,” Councilor Michael Shoemaker said. “We owe him a debt of gratitude.”

  • Tarmac hearing set for May 3

    The proposed Tarmac King Road mine project won a recommendation for approval from the Levy County Planning Commission by a 4-1 vote in the wee hours Tuesday and will face a public hearing before the Levy County Commission  at 6:30 p.m. May 3.

  • WAG Easter Egg hunt for canines set

    An Easter Egg Hunt to benefit the Williston Animal Group will be held  Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to noon at Trained Dog Happy Dog, 8575 NW 150th Ave., Morriston.
    Over 100 eggs containing treats and some with special prizes will be hidden. A spoon/egg race with a special “canine twist” will also be featured.
    Please bring your own Easter Basket to participate in the hunt. All dogs must be on a leash and only “dog friendly” dogs please. Monetary donations are welcomed to participate and proceeds will go to WAG.

  • Williston bus drivers face disciplinary action

    By Ada Lang

  • County EMS future up in air

    County Emergency Medical Services may be in need of a rescue.
    Director Trish Seibold submitted her resignation Monday morning to County Coordinator Freddie Moody, just three days after Assistant Director Royce Barber submitted his resignation and left the department.
    On Tuesday the County Commission postponed making a decision on hiring consultants to devise a method of levying EMS assessments for property owners.