Local News

  • 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.

  • County budget shrinking

    Levy County is only expecting to receive $21,092,968 in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, and on Monday heard spending requests totaling $20,811,999.
    The lion’s share of the budget – $10,804,058 – was requested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
    The requests were part of a budget workshop held by the Levy County Commission on Monday.
    Although County Property Appraiser Oz Barker did not attend the meeting – and his budget request is down 14 percent from last year – property taxes were on everyone’s minds.

  • Williston’s the place to be Saturday

    The weekend promises to be filled with all things patriotic and some fun and games on the side.
    Start your holiday weekend here in Williston Saturday, July 2 with the  “Proud to be An American” parade at 5 p.m.
    Dr. Kenneth Wise will be the grand marshal for the parade.
    Numerous participants have committed to participating in the parade that runs its course east on Noble Avenue.

  • Bus driver termination hits third step in process


    Personnel issues involving two bus drivers and a custodian consumed Tuesday's three-plus hour School Board of Levy County meeting. The board also called a Aug. 2 public hearing to discuss policy changes, including the adoption of the "baggy pants law," recently approved by Florida legislators.

  • City contracts to sort out financial mess

    Wasting no time to get a handle on the city’s financial situation, Interim City Manager Oel Wingo asked the council Tuesday to allow her to enter into a contract for services with an accounting firm who can straighten out the city’s books in prepararation for the state-mandated audit.
    Severn Trent Management Services, with offices across the state, including Coral Springs, Orlando and St. Augustine, was the lowest of four proposals submitted to the city for financial services.

  • City Manager List Narrowed to Three

    And then there were three.
    Williston City Council agreed this afternoon to pare its list for city manager even more, and decided on three potential permanent replacements for Marcus Collins, who resigned in March.
    Oel Wingo, Patrick Miller and John McCue made the final cut Thursday after interviews with the council and mayor.
    The three came from an original list of 34 that was trimmed to seven.
    All seven were interviewed last Thursday and today.