Local News

  • Only one attends assessment hearing

    The Levy County Commission expressed shock that it drew only one taxpayer to a public hearing on special assessments on Tuesday evening in the commission meeting room.

    It was a sharp change from two years ago when the hearing was held in the larger Courtroom A at the County Courthouse to accommodate the people objecting to increases in special assessments and any increase in property taxes.

  • Clip & Save

    Ask anyone in Williston who the reigning Queen of Coupon royalty is and without hesitattion the name Jennifer Goode Jones comes up.

    Jones, a Realtor, traffic school owner, wife and mother of two, began looking two years ago at ways to save money.

    After a lot of reading and research, she set out to put her newfound knowledge to the test by coupon clipping and redemption. 

  • Budget Season

    As early as this Friday, Williston City Council members could learn the beginnings of the city’s financial situtation, as plans for the 2011-2012 budget are picking up speed.

  • Morning accident takes life of former WHS student

    A student who was once in the class of Williston High School 2011 was killed this morning in an accident on SR 121, near Wacahoota.

    Michael Alfred Cuello, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene after a two-car accident around 6:27 a.m.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Cuello’s 2008 Hyundai Elantra was traveling west when it drifted into the eastbound lane, which was occupied by a 2002 Chevrolet pickup, driven by James Scott Arrington, 35, of Williston.

  • Williston teen killed in early morning accident
  • Seen from the air: Pot spotted; property owner arrested

    A Morriston man who has been arrested three times in the past for growing marijuana was nailed again last week.

    Mark O’Leary, 60,  of SE 25th St. was arrested July 20 after the Levy County Drug Task Force and Army National Guard conducted an aerial search looking for marijuana plants.

    The plants were spied by Capt. Danny Riffle, who  has been spotting marijuana plants since 1983 and has seized millions  of dollars worth of drugs.  Deputies on the ground responded to the area and confiscated 247 marijuana plants. 

  • Williston not out of Eco Sciences site selection

    Williston City Council members were dismayed last week to learn that Eco Sciences, the company that offered to pay the city for its waste water, was no longer interested in coming to a site at the airport.

    At the city council meeting, Councilor Brooks Holloway told council members that Gary Hammond, Eco Sciences CEO, had decided to move the project to a different city.

    “This costs the city $109,200 a year,” Holloway said, adding the reason was “because of the unprofessionalism of the council.”

  • Kick Start

    A community’s dream is unfolding and last week took a giant leap with some much- needed money.
    Plum Creek, the nation’s largest private landowner, awarded Williston with a check for $10,000 earmarked for a soccer field in Cornelius Williams Park in East Williston.
    Adam Hall, the city’s project manager, instigated the grant application, but gave credit to the city staff, council and the residents who worked together to ensure a dream becomes reality.
    “It was a team effort,” Hall said.

  • Miller sworn in as he, city have meeting of the minds

    Give Pat Miller a good hamburger, some soothing tunes on his stereo and a Robert B. Parker novel, and you make him a happy man.
    Miller, the city of Williston’s newest manager, was sworn in July 13 after he and council came to a happy consensus during his contract negotiations. He began work the next morning.
    With only four days on the job, Miller was running full speed Tuesday afternoon. He’d already met with several staff members, answered a dozen calls and sorted his priority lists into neat piles on his desk.

  • Time more valuable than Big Money


    The man known as “Big Money” gave something much more valuable to youth in Williston: His time.
    Gerard Warren, a former Florida Gator and current New England Patriots defensive tackle, donated dozens of hours this summer teaching football fundamentals to about 50 kids at Cornelius Williams Park.