Local News

  • County’s finances get good report

    Martha Garcia Baker got Tuesday’s Levy County Commission meeting off to a good start delivering her audit of their finances and praising the commission for taking the steps to keep the county on solid financial footing.
    Garcia Baker, who is with the accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, brought the board’s attention to the county’s financial statements.
    “This is good news and I actually jumped up and told Sheila ‘good job’,” she said. Sheila is Sheila Rees, the deputy clerk for finance.

  • Bronson rejects early voting again

    Bronson Town Hall suffered a bit of Déjà vu Monday night as a second decision on early voting mirrored that of the first 3-2 vote against the idea made about a month ago.
    “No matter the cost, if one person gets to vote, it’s worth it,” said Vice Mayor Berlon Weeks, hoping to sway Mayor Franklin Schuler and council members Aaron Edmondson and Beatrice Roberts from their positions on the issue.

  • Preserving the Past

    By Bryan Hoopaugh
    Williston is a city full of history and a group of Willistonians are working to share it with the world.
    The Williston Historical Museum Exploratory Committee met July 11 for its second time to discuss steps that will bring a museum to fruition.
    Included in their discussion were topics such as locating a suitable location, putting in place a board of directors and terms for qualifying criteria for family heirlooms to be displayed.

  • Tentative millage set at 6.0708

    Leaving itself some wiggle room, the Williston City Council voted Tuesday night 4-1 to set the FY 2013-2014 millage at 6.0708 mills.
    Council President Jason Cason was the lone dissenter, telling his peers before the vote, “I do not want to entertain a rate higher than last year.”
    But the other four councilmen, led by Charles Goodman, believed the council should afford itself a small cushion during the final days of budget preparation.

  • Chiefland financial woes too big to ignore
  • Williston finances on target

    The city of Williston may be knee deep in the budget planning throes for the next fiscal year, but the council and its administration know it still has to get through three more months in the current budget year.

    The good news for all involved is that at 66 percent through FY2012-2013, things are looking well financially for the city and its residents.

  • Ken Ihlenfeldt ventures into sustainable gardening



  • Extension cord causes church fire

     Church goers at New Abundant Life Church at 131 N. Main St. had to leave the building around 11:19 a.m. June 25 after a fire erupted from a 75-foot extension cord.

  • Time to make a budget

    Spreadsheets, pencils and long days and nights will soon take shape as the city of Williston starts its FY 2013-2014 budget process.

  • Fireworks safety tips

     The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service wants to remind all Floridians to use fire and fireworks safely and responsibly while celebrating on this Fourth of July.

    “Even though our wildfire risk is lower because of recent rainfall, people should always be careful when using fireworks,” said Jim Karels, State Forester. “The potential for wildfire is still present in some parts of the state.”