Local News

  • No Toys for Tots this year

    Christmas could be bleak for many children this year because the county’s largest distributor of toys to families in need is no longer in business — in Levy or Gilchrist counties.
    Most folks, when contacted to ask about some organization taking up the slack admit they had no idea Toys for Tots was no longer serving Levy County.
    And there is little likelihood anyone one or any group can make up the time to pull off a successful Christmas toy distribution this year.

  • ‘Mathletes’ take number 2 spot

    Although their names may already be familiar around Williston, recently Bradley Jones, Samantha Sandlin, Ty Cramer and Quincy Cason took action that would ensure they will not soon be forgotten–especially in the annals of Williston FFA history.
    The four make up the Farm Business Management Team, a group dedicated to applying economic principles and concepts to analyze farm and ranch management decisions to ensure better productivity and profitability.

  • Vets may visit state parks at no cost Nov. 11

     In honor of our nation’s veterans and active military personnel, day-use entry will be free to everyone at Florida’s state parks* on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Pick your favorite outdoor activity – hiking, bicycling, bird watching or looking for shells on the beach – and enjoy a day at a state park.

  • County OKs employee bonus

    County workers — full, part-time and oncall — who save their department or the county money will be eligible for a bonus under a plan adopted Wednesday morning in a special meeting by the Levy County Commission.

    The commission, which first discussed the idea of giving a $600 one-time payment to full-time county workers at its Oct. 16 meeting, found that state law prohibits giving workers a bonus without going through a process of setting standards for earning and evaluating the awarding of bonuses.

  • Bronson bingo up in the air

    It’s still unclear if a local hunger activist will open a bingo hall in Bronson. 

    Who heard, said, wrote or read what are all playing a part in how locals perceive the issue and, ultimately, how it’s decided by town officials, according to comments at Monday night’s Bronson Town Council meeting.

  • Williston sticks with Progress Energy

    After months of wheeling and dealing–and debating whether or not to solicit bids from other utility providers–the Williston City Council voted Tuesday night to enter into a four-year contract with Progress Energy, it’s current electricity provider.

    Last month, the council had an offer from  Progress Energy if the city would not advertise a request for proposals (RFP) from other companies.

  • McCallum elected sheriff; Joyner, Meeks on BOCC

    It may have taken 20 years to win election as sheriff, but Bobby McCallum is not looking back. On Tuesday night, as he accepted the hugs and well-wishes of supporters, he said he is ready to go to work on Jan. 8. 

  • Political season in Levy ends Tuesday
  • City manager job narrowed to four

    After several months of discussion and the consideration of 42 applicants, The City of Williston is getting closer to hiring a permanent city manager.

  • County employees could see bonuses