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  • Qualifying ends

    Qualifying for the 2012 local, state, congressional and senate primaries closed this week and several local and state candidates won re-election handily while others must overcome party primary opponents and, for some, general election opponents.
    Those returning to office without any opposition are:

  • ‘Efficient, affordable and safe place to live, work and play’

    The message from Kerry Crawford was clear  to the Williston City Council, “You have to know where you’re at to figure out where you’re going.”
    Crawford, a member of  Leadership Ocala and the Florida Sterling Council, was Friday’s facilitator as the mayor and council members brainstormed the future of Williston.
     Council members were told that while they may think they know what residents and employees want, they need to find a way to track those needs and wants.

  • Let's play bingo

    If you think the objective for bingo is to get five numbers in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally, you are partially correct.
    At Williston Charity Bingo, there are about 14 different versions of the classic game you can play–and win.
    New owners Mike Salerno and Cathy Hoffman from Tampa took over the bingo hall April  1. The doors are open and managers Mike Brassbridge and Kari Baker are ready for some serious gaming to begin.

  • Suspect attempts escape through hospital ceiling

     A Williston man, arrested for distribution of obscene materials to a minor, attempted to escape custody by crawling through the ceiling at Tri County Hospital.

  • Town council told fire department merger could benefit Bronson

    A representative from Levy County Public Safety says Bronson could benefit from merging its fire department with the county's.

    In a public safety workshop Monday night in Bronson, county Public Safety Director David Knowles told the Bronson Town Council that merging fire departments would allow more firefighters and other resources to be available during emergencies.

    "It's not any kind of a hostile takeover," Knowles told council members. The county is trying to make the best use of limited resources, he said. 

  • Hastings seeks re-election as school superintendent

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings, a third generation educator in Levy County, has announced plans to seek re-election.

    Hastings taught vocational and academic classes at Chiefland and Bronson High Schools.  During that time he was an FFA Advisor, football, baseball, track and weight lifting coach.  Hastings assumed many other school duties, too many to enumerate.  For the following 19 years he served as administrator/principal for Bronson Middle/High, Cedar Key, Williston High and Chiefland High Schools.

  • Financial Struggle

    When Jerry Gillman bought Williston’s Nature Coast Hospital in September 2010, he knew he had his work cut out for him.

    Right off the bat, the new owner learned there were 10-12 serious AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) violations hanging over the 40-bed hospital. Within two months, those violations were corrected and Gillman thought he was ready to turn the struggling facility into a viable community asset.

  • County says no to water ordinance

    Residents considering violating the water restrictions that kick in on june 13 should take into consideration they could face arrest and if found prosecuted and guilty, a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.

    It could have been a simple case of getting a citation, like a traffic ticket, and paying a $25 fine, but the Levy County Commission decided Tuesday by a 4-1 vote it would not pursue passing an ordinance lowering the penalty. In voting no, Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) in effect voted for lowering the penalty.

  • Grant brings cities, county new connections

    It’s a fact of life in Levy County, Williston has it’s own communications system and a “bridge” is needed to keep the city’s police force in touch with the Sheriff’s Office. It’s similar in Inglis where the town on the border with Citrus County must use a “bridge” to reach out to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate events like drug busts and chases.

  • Max White drafted by Rockies

    For four years Williston High School senior Max White has played for the Red Devil baseball team.