Local News

  • Hip hop organizers regroup

     Two of the organizers of the Labor Day Hip Hop Extravaganza that was cancelled by a court order met with the Levy County Commission and said their event was meant to be one with a positive message that was misunderstood. 

  • Grocery Depot robbed; suspect arrested

     A Williston man was arrested following last Thursday night’s robbery of the Grocery Depot (formerly Hitchcock’s).

     Brian Hernandez of Williston was charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and burglary of a structure, according to Deputy Police Chief Clay Connolly.

  • Chiefland hospital plans fall through

    The proposed Tri-County Hospital is dead in its tracks.

    Plans to build the Chiefland hospital have been limping along for more than seven years, but all that stopped Tuesday when representatives from the company trying to build it, Ameris Health Systems, relinquished a state-issued Certificate of Need.

  • Bronson incumbents win

    Incumbents Aron Edmondson and Beatrice Roberts have been relected to four-year terms on the Bronson Town Council. 

    Edmondson defeated newcomer Paul T. Phillips, while Roberts beat back challenges from Sandy Moseley and former Bronson Mayor Jamie Griffin. Councilman Jason Kennedy who was also up for election this year switched races to oppose Roberts, then resigned from the race three weeks ago. 

  • Williston millage stays same

    It was a no muss, no fuss, no fanfare night Tuesday when the Williston City Council held its first public hearing on the 2013-2014 millage rate and budget.

    With no one from the public speaking on the issue, the council approved a final millage rate of 5.9025 mills.

    Council President Jason Cason explained the tax rate was the same as this year and property owners’ taxes would be about the same because property values have decreased.

  • Hip Hop concert nixed by judge

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office does not know how much it spent on overtime this Labor Day weekend, but one thing it does know is that it prevented a hip hop extravaganza planned for 2.4 acres at 21151 N.E. U.S. Highway 27 outside Williston. 

  • Mark Long’s hobby pays off

    If getting published in National Geographic Magazine is the Holy Grail for photographers, then underwater picture taker and explorer Mark Long is Chiefland’s version of Indiana Jones.

  • Sunray Band releases CD

     BY Bryan Hoopaugh

  • Man charged in club shooting

    A Citra man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a shooting in a club parking lot on Northeast 212 Court outside Williston that left one man injured at around 5 a.m. Sunday. 

    James Wilkerson, 36, was arrested in Alachua County and transferred to the Levy County Detention Facility where bond has been set at $200,000.




  • Two more horses struck by EEEV

    The Levy County Health Department (LCHD) emphasizes the importance of protection against mosquito-borne diseases after receiving notification that two additional horses in Levy County have recently tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV).