Local News

  • BOCC slices sheriff’s budget

    The sheriff was a no show at a public hearing on the county budget Thursday, so the Levy County Commission took action sure to get his attention — slicing his budget from $10.1 million to $9.95 million.

  • Efforts to regulate gaming denied

    Citing there are no real problems and it would be better to wait until the State Legislature acts, the Williston City Council voted last week to not pass Councilor Norm Fugate’s motion to adopt ordinances to regulate bingo halls and Internet cafes.
    Fugate and Jerry Robinson supported the motion to regulate while Councilors Brooks Holloway, Michael Shoemaker and Marc Nussel opposed the ideas.
    The vote came on the heels of a lengthy, and sometimes passionate, discussion on the topics that saw several people from the audience addressing the council.

  • When should Powder Puff be held?

    A group of  Willistonians are concerned that  the Powder Puff football game-a Homecoming Week tradition- may be moved to next spring.

    This group is searching for community support to keep the tradition alive during Homecoming Week, and asks fellow Willistonians to let their voices be heard by contacting John Lott, high school principal.

  • Car chase ends in murder suspect's arrest

    Wednesday evening's rush hour took on new meaning as a murder suspect tore through downtown Williston, running vehicles off the road, hitting speeds of up to 100 mph and going the wrong way up Highway 27, all the while leading about 20 law enforcement vehicles.

  • Clerk asks for investigation

    The city of Williston is pursuing an independent investigation to determine if Councilor Norm Fugate has created a hostile work environment at city hall.
    The investigation comes on the heels of a letter drafted by City Clerk Nan Mack to the council on Aug. 11 that asks for an investigation and relief from an “abusive situation” allegedly perpetuated by Fugate.
    At Tuesday night’s meeting, Councilor Brooks Holloway read the letter into the city record, he said, on the advice of counsel.

  • Commission wants citizens to speak up

    What kind of services do residents of Levy County want and what are they willing to pay?
    Will they pay more taxes to keep the current level? Are there services they are willing to do without?
    Those are some of the questions on the minds of county commissioners as they wrap up work on a $59,192,855 budget and prepare to make a final decision on the property tax millage rate.

  • Two killed in accident

    Two people were killed Monday afternoon when the driver of the car apparently pulled into the path of an oncoming car.
    Gracie Brassfield Parker, 50, of Bronson and Louvina Water Dallas, 81, of Williston were pronounced dead on the scene by Levy County EMS  Paramedic Jeff Turner at the site of the accident on CR 323.
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Parker, the driver of a 1991 Dodge Dynasty was traveling south on CR 323. A 1998 Ford flatbed truck, driven by Darren Aubrey Parks, 24, of Morriston was traveled north on CR 323.

  • We remember

    Like generations before who remember Pearl Harbor or JFK, most of us can recollect with clarity where we were Sept. 11, 2001when we first heard about the four plane crashes that signaled the terrorists’ attacks on our country.
    This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the fateful day that sent America into a tailspin, and changed almost all in some way.

  • Councilman's wife dies in accident

    An accident that killed a Williston woman early Wednesday morning closed a portion of SR 121 South for more than an hour.

    Aleta Ann Shoemaker, 65, and the wife of Williston City Councilman Michael Shoemaker, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9:49 a.m.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by David Burch, 63, of Citra was southbound around 9:20 a.m.

    Shoemaker, riding a Harley Davidson Sportster was northbound and had just negotiated a curve before entering a straight section of the road.

  • Wife of Councilman Shoemaker dies in early morning accident