Local News

  • The ride home

    By Mike Capshaw


    Under a canopy of gray skies Saturday morning, a group of bikers left Williston for Kentucky with the ashes of veteran John Waddy Jr.

    The Patriot Guard Riders were taking Waddy's remains to his family some 600-plus miles away in London, Ky. A dozen bikes headed north to meet another group at the "Flying J at the second exit in Georgia" off Interstate 75. Only one bike, ridden by drive captains Sue Sakers and Mike Engles, will make the entire trek from Florida to Kentucky.

  • Police chief shortlist narrowed to four

    The city of Williston inched its way closer to finding a permanent police chief during a committee meeting last week.

     Clay Connolly, John Donadio, Dennis J. Strow and Thomas R. Wilder made the final cut from the 11 men who applied for the job. They will be interviewed beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 in the City Council Chambers.

    One of these men will become Williston’s next police chief, following on the heels of Dan Davis who retired in February. Capt. Clay Connolly is currently serving in the position as the interim chief.

  • County will start fiscal year $1.4 million shy



    Levy County Commissioners, for the first time, openly discussed the ideas of worker furloughs and cuts — such as a nine-hour, four-day work week.

    Faced with a 7.3 percent drop in property tax values and tax revenues, plus a general fund budget that has been cut just about as far as possible the commission sent the message that it is looking at cutting back hours, service hours or laying off county workers. 

  • Grant paid for administrators’ iPads

    By Mike Capshaw

  • Thanks to caring people

    To the editor:
        On June 10 I had visitors from out of town.  It had been a busy day and we went to Willard’s for dinner.  While there, my friend became ill.  The staff at Willard’s was wonderful, giving us orange juice, cold towels, whatever we needed while the EMTs were on the way from Bronson.

  • Economic development council loses director

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council asked for the resignation of its fifth director since its incorporation in 2000 during a contentious, and sometimes angry, meeting June 28.
    Pat O’Neal, who was hired one year ago, was told to submit his resignation by July 1 in a 6-0-1 with its newest member abstaining. O’Neal was given 24 hours to respond to the demand that he resign.

  • Rodeo

    It will be happy trails for six area equestrians as they gallop to Shawnee, Okla. next week for the International Youth Finals Rodeo.
    Kaley Wilder, Chelsi Arrington, Ashton Geiger, Shelby Mills, Mark Arrington and Harden Grant, members of the GA-FL Youth Rodeo Association (GFYRA), are training almost daily to prepare for the rides of the lives.
    The GFYRA began in September 2005 to provide rodeo competition on a professional level to cowboys and cowgirls ages 14-19. Contestants can win money, awards and the chance to compete in Shawnee.

  • Council votes to dicker with Miller for manager

    It all came down to money, broken words and gut feelings.
    In a 4-1 vote, Williston City Council agreed Tuesday night to begin contract negotiations with Patrick Miller to fill the city manager position.
    Council will begin bargaining with Miller, of Palm Coast, next week. Members agreed to offer him $70,000 annually with standard city benefits, including vacation and sick time. President Marc Nussel said council would require Miller move to Williston.

  • And then there were three

    After more than seven hours of interviews, Williston City Council agreed in less than 20 minutes on the three people they think best suited to oversee the day-to-day operations of the city.
    Oel Wingo, Patrick Miller and John McCue were culled from a pack of 34 applicants to fill the city manager job vacated by Marcus Collins in April.
    Wingo has been acting as the interim manager for more than a month. She was the last of seven applicants interviewed by the council during two rounds of one-hour interviews.

  • TDC awards Peanut Festival funds


    Six local groups asked the Levy County Tourism Development Council (TDC) for $15,000 in advertising dollars and were granted $12,500 Thursday night - pending one more step in the 2011-2012 application process.