Local News

  • No election as candidates file unopposed

    Qualifying for two Williston council seats and the mayoral position concluded at noon Jan. 19 without much fanfare and no opposition for the three people who threw their hats in the ring.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise to many was that long-time Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat did not seek re-election for the first time in 17 years.

    Hethcoat said it was time for him to bow out and focus on other interests and his family.

    In April, the lone candidate for the position, Jerry Robinson, will be sworn in as Williston's mayor.

  • Likwid ready to start fiber optics in Williston

    By David Davis


    The Nature Coast Business Development Council has set five goals for 2018 to help build a stronger economic foundation for the future.

    The goals include completing the economic impact statement for the Inglis whitewater kayaking venue; countywide broadband; investment launch; relaunching the business alliance and establishing a food-related business incubator.

  • Council agrees to city hall contract


    That was the word used most often Friday during an emergency called meeting of the Williston City Council to discuss whether the city will get a new municipal building.

    Stephen Bloom, the city's contracted Chief Financial Officer, told the council (with Elihu Ross absent) that he had prepared several financing scenarios, all of which are designed to give the city maximum flexibility when acquiring the $2.5 million it needs for construction.

  • Sunday accident claims life

    A Williston man who was involved in a two-vehicle accident around 6:52 p.m. Sunday was killed after he exited his truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Matthew Chance Carlisle, 33, was struck by a semi near the intersection of SR 121 and CR 326 in Morriston after his truck was involved with an accident with a 2013 Jeep driven by Chandler Marie Chandler, 24.

    The FHP report said Carlisle was eastbound on CR 326 and approaching the SR 121 intersection, where Chandler was traveling south.

  • Elderly man injured in drive by shooting

    An elderly man was struck by a wayward bullet Jan. 11 after a drive-by shooting on NE 207 Court, east of Williston.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff's Department, law enforcement officers were dispatched to the area following reports of a shooting. The department was joined at the scene by officers from the Williston Police Department and the Levy County Department of Public Safety.

  • Road to be named for Ellzey

    A portion of Hwy. 19 in Otter Creek will be dedicated to the memory of A. Haygood Ellzey, the only Levy County Sheriff's officer killed in the line of duty.

    The dedication for Deputy Ellzey will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25 at the northbound lane sign in Otter Creek.

  • Council president explains last week's 'power bump'

    Last Wednesday the power in the city of Williston flickered as many as 17 times in a short span of time, leaving businesses and residents wondering what in the world was going on.

    Tuesday night, Councilwoman Nancy Wininger asked for answers.

    President Charles Goodman said he had some knowledge to share since he had been a part of it with many people reaching out to him for explanations.

  • Williston Council has egg on its face

    The absence of Williston's city manager at the city council meeting Tuesday night left the council unable to make time sensitive decisions and repeatedly apologizing for its lack of action.

    Oelrich Construction, the company contracted to build a new Williston City Hall, had hoped to begin demolition on the old building later this month.

    In order for that to happen, the city staff has to vacate the premises and had hoped to begin moving into the M building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

  • Superintendent warns of amendment proposals threatening local control

    Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Edison is weary of state amendment proposals that are in the pipeline that would limit local control for school boards, and he cautioned the Levy County Commission that those measures are part of an overall trend from state leadership that is likely to affect local government.

  • Take precautions with freezing temps looming

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is urging local residents and business owners to take preventative measures to protect pipes, irrigation systems and even crops as many across the District face freezing temperatures throughout the week.

    Weather forecasts are predicting three nights of hard and light freezes (sustained temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the District; including the possibility of hail and/or frozen precipitation Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.