Local News

  • When is an open record an open record?

    It was the near the end of the two-hour council meeting Tuesday before the subject was broached.
    As Vice President Debra Jones, acting in the absence of Marc Nussel, asked each councilor for any comments, each praised outgoing manager Marcus Collins and how he had pulled the city from the brink of financial despair.
    And then it was Brooks Holloway’s turn.
    “I want to know when our tally sheets became open records?” He asked interim city attorney Jennifer Ellison.

  • Three charged with copper theft
  • FOL book sale Saturday

    The next  Friends of the Williston Public Library Book Fair will be held Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. or as long as there are customers to be served. It will be located in the City Hall Community Center.
    Books are $1, hardbacks; 50 cents soft backs;  25 cents for paperbacks; $1 for tapes and videos;  10cents for magazines and children's books. As always monies collected are used for the benefit of helping keep the Williston Public Library the best in Levy County.

  • Williston city manager resigns

    By Lou Elliott Jones and Carolyn Ten Broeck

    City Manager Marcus Collins has submitted his resignation and will be leaving in two weeks, according to City Councilman Brooks Holloway and Mayor Gerald Hethcoat.
    Holloway said last week that Collins is taking a $130,000 a year job with an engineering firm.
    “After what has happened here you cannot blame him for taking another job when they are throwing that kind of money at him,” Holloway said Friday.

  • Free equine nutrition workshop set

    For more than 15 years, Purina HOW® Horse Owner’s Workshops have been held across the nation to educate customers on the very latest in equine health and nutrition.
    This year, Midwest Feed & Farm and Canterbury Showplace, both of Newberry, will host the workshop and provide horse owners the opportunity to meet local equine specialists and learn about the newest developments in equine nutrition, health and maintenance care, veterinary issues, Purina research projects, training techniques and more.

  • Rotary Egg Hunt is April 9

    The Williston Rotary Club will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children up to 10 years old Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at John Henry Celebration Park.

  • Game on! Relay for Life is 17 days away

    Things are winding down to the biggest party of the year in Williston–the annual Relay for Life.
    As the American Cancer Society’s principle fund-raiser, teams in and around Williston have been holding bake sales, raffles and dinners  for a year to raise money.
    On April 16 and April 17, the culmination of those efforts will be celebrated when the teams and their supporters gather at the track at Williston High School to rejoice in a job well done. For about 18 hours, revelry will abound with food, entertainment, games and more.

  • New sign for the Lodge

  • TDC will get free advice

    By Ada Lang

  • County budget over $700K in the hole

    It went almost unnoticed at last week’s Levy County Commission meeting when Sheriff’s Maj. Evan Sullivan said the county budget is running a $732,358 deficit in the first three months of the year.
    Sullivan made the comment while announcing Sheriff Johnny Smith will not charge county and city agencies for dispatch services starting this fall as had been previously announced.
    “We know there’s an issue,” Sullivan said, referring to the money crunch.