Local News

  • Local candidates agree – and disagree

    Saturday’s candidate forum, sponsored by Williston AARP Chapter 912 and Citizens for an Engaged Electorate, drew several questions and raised many more that were left unanswered due to time constraints.

    What follows are the paraphrased questions and answers.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Q: What changes to standards, curriculum and testing do you support?

  • Candidates answer first round of questions

    The first of four candidate forums began with a resounding message from Tammy Jones, Supervisor of Elections.

    Aug. 30 is THE election.

    Because only Republican candidates are vying for county races, winners will be decided when Levy County voters head to the polls in a month.

    That means when registered Democrats get their ballots in August, there will be Republican candidates on it, Jones said, despite the fact this is a primary election.

  • Bullseye

    By Sean Arnold

    The Olympic athlete’s quest is a grueling trek, requiring relentless self-discipline, with few short-term rewards.

    For Bronson resident and silver medalist Jake Kaminski, the path was even more difficult as he prepared for next month’s 2016 Rio Olympics, where he will represent the U.S. in archery for the second straight summer games.

  • Laughter is the secret

    M assaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt’s gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.

  • Change is coming for Williston property owners

    Over the course of the next few months, decisions will be made by city residents that will affect Williston property owners for years to come.

    In its quest to clean up Williston and make it both aesthetically pleasing and structurally safe, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) will be making recommendations to tighten city codes and stiffen penalties for those owners who fail to comply with the law.

  • Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.

  • Stegall turns down county job

    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall, the No. 1 ranked choice for director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, has turned down the salary offer of $79,000 to start with a rise to $85,000 in six months. He also asked for and was granted approval for at least two weeks of vacation time to go on pre-paid trips.

  • Bronson Council discusses parking improvements

    By Sean Arnold

    At its meeting on July 5, the Bronson town council applauded another successful run of its annual Fourth of July celebration at James H. Cobb Park, while discussing the need for a more robust parking solution.

  • Williston gets legal protection

    The Williston City Council has approved its attorney's suggestion that all city purchase orders have wording that limits its liability to what is allowed by state statute. 

  • Toddler found wandering on highway

    Motorist Mitzi Lacoste, a travelling nurse, could not believe her eyes when she spotted the truck in front of her braking –for a toddler dressed only in a shirt, walking by himself about 6 feet off of U.S. Highway 19 approximately ¾ of a mile north of the caution light at Gulf Hammock.