Local News

  • County employees could see bonuses
  • Where are all the nominees?

     Halloween will mark four years since Tom and I moved into our new home on the edge of the Williston Highlands.

  • Carl Pinkston is POY nominee

     Williston businessman, Carl Pinkston, has been named October’s Pioneer of the Year nominee.

  • Council will pare city manager list

    For the second time in less than 18 months,  the Williston City Council will be paring down an applicant list from which a new city manager will be hired.

  • Tax bills coming soon

    It took an order from the Levy County Commission but the 2012 tax bills will be going out this week from the Levy County Tax Collector’s Office. 

  • Social Security COLA will be 1.7 percent in 2013

     Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration announced today.
    The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2012.

  • State will provide two towers; service in Williston, Lower Suwannee should see marked improvement

    Law enforcement officers in Williston and the Lower Suwannee area will be able to hear each other on their 800 Mhz portable radios in those areas and in some buildings, but not all, after the state pays to build two radio towers to carry the signal for the State Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS).
    That was the news from the Levy County Commission and Sheriff’s Office provider on Tuesday, even though the announcement caused some skepticism.

  • Fall on the Prairie raises $50,000 for Haven Hospice

    Set against the warm autumn evening, the Whitehurst Ranch provided the perfect backdrop Saturday for this year’s Fall on the Prairie, a fund-raiser for Haven Hospice.
    From archery demonstrations and  the toe-tapping music of Dottie South and the Slackers to barbecue beans and a silent auction, guests were treated to Southern hospitality on the rambling property while they caught up with old friends and greeted new ones.

  • City asked to consider plan for old schools

    As the Levy County School Board moves ahead with its plans to construct a new middle/high school in Williston, the city council is faced with offering up plans for the old schools when, and if, construction commences.
    Tuesday night, Jeff Edison and Robert Philpot appeared before Williston City Council with an update on the process the school board is going through to get a new school.
    Edison said school board representatives will meet with the state Department of Education officials Oct. 30 as they plan to apply for funding from special facillities funding.

  • Hospital files bankruptcy

    Less than two months after two Texas physicians became majority shareholders in Tri County Hospital-Williston, its parent company, Cypress Health Systems Inc., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Florida Northern Bankruptcy Court.
    The voluntary petition was filed Oct. 5 by Tampa attorney Elena Paras Ketchum  on behalf of the company.
    At Tuesday’s city council meeting, City Attorney Fred Koberlein said the city will need an attorney who will represent the rights of the hospital’s creditors, since the city services the hospital’s utilities.