Local News

  • Legislators get long work list

    Citizens and public officials gave the Levy County Legislative Delegation a long list of work it wants accomplished in the session that starts Jan. 10, 2012.

    Martha Lott, chief judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit which include Levy County, told the legislators on Monday afternoon in a hearing at the county courthouse that a drop in funding has almost forced a shut down — twice. 

  • Millage set at 5.9025

    There was no fanfare and no citizen applause or complaint when the Williston City Council voted Tuesday to set the 2011 millage rate at 5.9025 mills to accompany its $13 million budget.

    In less than 20 minutes, the council adopted the resolutions that will enact the millage rate that determines this year’s tax bill.

    This year’s rollback rate is 6.4246 mills, Stephen Bloom from Severn and Trent told council, and that makes the city’s millage rate 8.13 percent less.

  • Williston Trail of Treats is Oct. 31 from 5 - 8 p.m.
  • County property tax is 7.8114 mills

    There was a little horse trading at the Levy County Commission on Monday as the board tried to feel each other out to set the property tax millage for the coming year.
    The commissioners also warned that they have cut the “fluff” from the county budget and a property tax increase is looming in the future.

  • Students prepare for Fields of Faith

    Students from Williston will be joining thousands of other youth on athletic fields all across America  Friday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the eighth annual national Fields of Faith event. This rapidly-growing, interdenominational outreach event will be held at more than 400 locations throughout the nation.

  • Peanut Festival is Oct. 1

    It’s time to celebrate the harvest, as thousands of people will flock to Williston’s Heritage Park Oct. 1 for the 23rd Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival.
    Rides, music, crafts and food are all a part of Williston’s salute to the peanut industry.
    Things kick off with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. led by Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat. During the presentation of the colors by the JROTC, Rachel Ortiz will perform the Star Spangled Banner.

  • City budget hearing is Sept. 27

    Don’t be deceived by the numbers.
    Though the city of Williston’s 2011-2012 budget on Page 5 of this edition proclaims the budget has increased, in truth, there’s not much change from the 2010-11 budget.
    The first glance at the $13.4 million financial plan  appears to show a 30 percent increase over last year, but City Manager Patrick Miller was quick to point out that if grants for the airport are backed out, the numbers are very similar to the previous year.

  • Jailbirds for a good cause

    He may not be with the Canadian Mounted Police, but Clay Connolly always gets his man–or woman.
    Two Williston residents discovered that Tuesday when Connolly, working on behalf of Williston Rotary Club, pulled up, lights blazing, and asked, “Are you Charles Goodman? I believe a warrant has been issued for your arrest.”
    Goodman, who had been mowing his grass, hung his head and watched as Connolly slapped the handcuffs on.

  • Catch School of Dance performances this fall

    Williston School of Dance has multiple shows ahead this fall, all of them family-oriented, and most of them free.
    The School of Dance (WSD) will perform its own “Drums and Dance” program at the UF Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. The free program runs every half hour, 1:30-3:30 p.m.,  Sunday, Sept. 18.    WSD will present percussive tap and Irish dance in the “Drums and Dance” program. The program is in conjunction with “Wild Music”, the museum’s latest exhibit.

  • BOCC slices sheriff’s budget

    The sheriff was a no show at a public hearing on the county budget Thursday, so the Levy County Commission took action sure to get his attention — slicing his budget from $10.1 million to $9.95 million.