Local News

  • Al Macri seeks BOCC District 3 seat

    Al Macri (D-Morriston) will vie against Mike Joyner (R-Morriston) for the County Commission District 3 seat Nov. 6.
    In a candidacy announcement, Macri wrote:
    “Hello, my name is Al Macri and I am asking for your vote and support as I am running for Levy County Commissioner District 3, which is being vacated by Marsha Drew.
    “I am 57 years old and came to Levy County from Palm Beach County in 1981. I live in Morriston with my wife, Etter Brooks Macri, who was born in Montbrook.

  • County approves tentative millage at 8.5759

    The Levy County Commission approved a tentative budget of $62,352,856 and a property tax millage of 8.5759 by a 4-1 vote on Sept. 6 with Chair Danny Stevens of Williston (D-District 5) dissenting.

  • Council sets millage at 5.9025

    It was with minimal fanfare Tuesday night that the Williston City Council tentatively approved the 2013 millage rate at 5.9025 mills and a balanced budget of $14,756,282.
    The first of two hearings were held and with only a couple exceptions no questions were asked and no one objected.
    Dr. Oel Wingo, interim city manager, said she and staff had worked to make this year’s budget more transparent and more accurate by allocating revenues where the actual work was being done.
    “It’s a wonderful budget,” Debra Jones told the council.

  • Honoring patriots on Patriot Day

    It’s been almost three years since Rick Fabiani first told the Williston Rotary Club about a dream to build a Fisher House in Gainesville.
    Tuesday, he returned to the club and said that dream will become reality when a groundbreaking ceremony is held Sept. 25.
    A Fisher House, paid for by private funds but located on Veterans Administration property, provides free accommodations,  giving veterans and their families a home away from home during treatment or rehab.

  • Bronson teen cleared in battery cas

    State prosecutors say they will not pursue charges against an 18-year-old Bronson man arrested in June for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon who said he was defending his home.

    “Nobody’s been charged in the case,” said chief investigator and spokesperson for the state attorney’s office of the 8th judicial circuit court Spencer Mann.

  • No trick

    If a stay of execution isn’t soon delivered, a longtime Williston tradition will die.

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the the Trail of Treats, has elected not to oversee the event this year, citing ever growing safety concerns.

    What began more than a dozen years ago as a way of promoting both downtown merchants and a safe place for trick or treating, has now mushroomed to more than 3,000 participants–most from outside the city.

  • Morriston couple killed in plane crash

    A Morriston couple was killed Thursday when their experimental aircraft crashed into a field in Marion County.

    Gilbert Jennings, 53, and Catherine Jennings, 50, were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The plane and its two occupants flew out of northwest Ocala  around 4 p.m. Their final destination was another airfield in Marion County.  When the plane did not arrive to its designated landing area, family members became concerned and called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office around 8 p.m. 

  • Ride to Provide set for Oct. 20

    The seventh annual motorcycle fund-raiser, Ride to Provide, will be held  Oct. 20 at Bronson High School.
    On-site registration begins at 7:30  a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.
    Participants  are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net.

  • Budget, not people, reduced

    City personnel will not lose their jobs as a result of the budget cuts, requested by the city council three weeks ago.
    At the first budget hearing of the season in July,  Interim City Manager Oel Wingo was given the task of developing a budget that showed savings and reducing the millage rate.
    Last Thursday she did  just that–and no jobs were lost.
    Councilor Jason Cason stated it again to ensure that everyone was clear on the matter.

  • Levy in ‘wait and see’ mode as TS Isaac nears

    Tropical Storm Isaac is gaining momentum in the Caribbean but just what its impact will be on Levy County is still up in the air.

    Friday afternoon Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson met with city and county leaders at the EMOC office in Bronson to update the storm’s status and initialize the county’s plan in the event Levy is impacted. All cities and towns were represented at the meeting except Chiefland.

    Currently, the storm could reach Category I hurricane status at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.