Local News

  • Texas doctors rescue hospital

    For the fourth time in three years, Tri County Hospital–Williston is undergoing leader and management changes.

    Last week Drs. Mohammad Tariq and Jalil Khan publicly announced that for the last four weeks, they’ve been behind the scenes consultants at the hospital and are now the majority shareholders.

    Tariq, the primary spokesman of two, said he had been interested in acquiring the hospital two years ago, but negotiations with Jerry Gillman were already too far gone.

  • PETA adds $2,500 to reward money

    A 10-day-old puppy was buried alive and found on Sept. "Animal abusers are cowards," says PETA Manager Martin Mersereau. "They take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them. Area residents have good reason to be concerned when a helpless, days-old animal is buried alive.
    According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals—including humans."

  • Red Devils take on Fort White Friday at home
  • Reward Offered

    The Williston Police Department calls it an act of cowardice.

    Thursday while destroying evidence, per a judge’s order, police officers and personnel heard a whimpering sound.

    Following the noise, they soon discovered a puppy, whose eyes are not yet open, buried alive in a shallow grave.

    The officers immediately took the puppy to a local veterinarian where it was examined, cleaned up and adopted.

  • Invisible Children

    For more than 26 years in Northern Africa, parents have lived in fear and dread–not knowing if when they awaken their children would be safe in their beds.

    And if they weren’t, chances are those children were suffering the same plight as more than 30,000 other African children–kidnapped from their homes, often their beds, and forced to become soldiers in Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

  • 24th Annual Peanut Festival is Oct. 6

    It’s time to celebrate the harvest, as thousands of people flock to Williston’s Heritage Park Oct. 6  for the 24th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival, sponsored by the Williston Chamber of Commerce. 

     The festival, which annually draws more than 9,000 people from as far south as Key West to Georgia and Alabama,  is a family-oriented event.

  • Millage stands at 5.9025

    It’s official. 

    Williston City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce the general fund by some 12 percent and set the 2012 millage rate at 5.9025 mills.

    President Jason Cason informed those in attendance that the fund reduction was made possible, in part, by the eliminations of the employee bonus allocation and the ellimination of seven employees.

    But, Cason stressed,  those were actually seven unfilled positions and no layoffs were needed.

  • County property tax set at 8.01 mills

    The Levy County Commission — absent one member due to sickness — unanimously approved a property tax of 8.01 mills on Monday evening and a budget of $61,235,783 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
    The final millage is the result of a compromise by the commission which voted last week to raise property assessments for fire and emergency medical services to $90 and $119, respectively, to cover the cost of operations and to end using property taxes to cover those operations.
    The 8.01 mills is expected to bring in $12,947,479 for the general fund next year.

  • Cal Byrd is new councilor

    When qualifying for the city council seat left vacant by Jerry Robinson’s July resignation ended Friday,  only one person had thrown his hat into the ring.
    Cal Byrd, longtime Williston resident, qualified for the post without opposition.
    Because no one else expressed interest in the post, next week’s special election was cancelled.
    Byrd will be sworn in at the Sept. 25 meeting, which is also the last budget and millage hearing for the city before councilors adopt rates for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

  • Dennis Strow is POY nominee

    In the eighth month of a yearlong quest to find Williston’s Pioneer of the Year, Dennis Strow has been selected as the September  nominee.
    In the nomination letter, Strow was cited for being a pathfinder, an initiator and a trailblazer.
    In his job as the chief of police in Williston, Strow was lauded for implementing cost-saving ideas, keeping the community safe and being an integral part of the community.
    The selection process continues through December and a winner will be selected in January.