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Today's News

  • CRA selects vendors for veterans' memorial

    Six months ago, the checking accounting for the veterans' memorial, proposed by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), had $7,067.

    A campaign, led by Vietnam veteran David Wilson, and supported by the CRA and the Williston Chamber of Commerce, began in earnest in March and as of last week, that account now has over $48,000.

    However, it may not be enough to see the project through to completion.

  • Third man arrested in murder investigation

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has arrested a third person in connection with the home invasion that took the life of James Patterson. Steven Demar Stacy, 34, of Williston is accused of disposing of the firearms used in the home invasion. To date the firearms have not been recovered.

  • Two arrested in home invasion/murder case

    Two teenagers have been charged in connection with the home invasion/homicide that occurred last week at a home on NE 212 Court. 

  • HandiCapable

    Five years ago, Tim Hamilton wasn't sure whether he would live or die.

    Fighting two horrendous infections, he woke up in a hospital bed at Shands to discover he was now minus a leg. An amputation – at the hip – was necessary to save his life.

    In the weeks, months and years that followed, Tim slowly recovered and learned to adapt to life minus a limb.

    His life as he knew it: contractor, fisherman and hunter, was over.

    Or was it?

  • County OKs tax amnesty

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Some is better than none.

    That’s the message Levy Tax Collector Linda Fugate delivered to the Board of County Commissioners Aug. 8 as she sought a fee amnesty on delinquent tangible taxes.

    Fugate’s office is partnering with a third-party vendor to help collect delinquent tangible rolls. The vendor will provide manpower to collect property in order to auction and recover the delinquent tax revenue where possible.

  • County criticized over handling of insurance, wage changes

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners Tuesday came under criticism during public comments for their handling of recent changes to insurance and wages for county employees.

    The Board on July 18 voted unanimously to cap insurance payouts while offering tiered offsets in the form of increased wages.

  • Ten Broeck earns two first place finishes

    A rotting bivalve and an assassination attempt helped Williston Pioneer Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck claim two first place writing awards at the Florida Press Association's annual conference Aug. 11 in Naples.

  • Chamber Notes

    Peanut Festival

    It's time to start thinking about the 29th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival, scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 7.

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for booth space at the event. Visit www.willistonfl.com or come by the Chamber office at 607 SW 1st Avenue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for an application.

    Peanut Pageants

  • County caps insurance payouts for employees

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County is on the high end of spending on health insurance for employees among Florida counties, and it’s proving costly to keep up with rising insurance costs while still offering competitive compensation packages to recruit and retain its workforce.

    At the meeting July 18, the county commission voted unanimously to cap its health insurance payouts for non-elected county employees who sign up for insurance.

  • Tentative county millage stays the same

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County was on its way to being unable to pay its bills by the end of 2019, according to budget figures presented by Finance Officer Jared Blanton at the tentative millage meeting last Thursday in Bronson.

    Recent moves by the county commission – most notably, an uptick in millage, a new gas tax, department cuts and reallocations, and, going forward, a cap on employee insurance plans – have helped paint a more optimistic financial future for the county.