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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Accidents mar Saturday

    Three separate accidents Saturday left one Williston woman dead, three people in critical condition and four people seriously hurt.

    Suzanne M. Barrett, 47, died following an accident that occurred Saturday at 8:10 p.m. on U.S. 27A and 140th Court.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Barrett, driving a 2001 SUV, was traveling east on 140th Court.

  • Williston overpays into pension funds

    If times get hard in Williston, city workers will be glad to know their future pensions won't suffer.

    Over many years, the city has contributed more than it needed to into its employees' pension funds – to the tune of $380,000.

    The overpayment is by no means the fault of the city's management, said Paul Shamoun of the Florida League of Cities, when he addressed the council last week.

  • County offices to be filled Aug. 30

    It's a funny thing, but usually candidates for local office square off in a party primary and then face their opponents in the other party in the general election. 

    Not so this year in Levy County where the Republican Party is dominating local elections and the Democratic Party candidates are nonexistent.

  • Property values not rising quickly enough

    Usually when Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says property values – and hence property taxes – are rising folks are not happy. 

    But public officials are facing a different dilemma. While property values are going up in most of Levy County, they are not rising as fast as the cost of goods and services the county must provide. And there are an increasing number of exemptions that take property off the tax rolls or minimize the taxes they must pay. 

  • County still looking for DPS chief

    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall, the No. 1 ranked choice for director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, has turned down the job offer and the county is now in negotiations with their No. 2 ranked candidate, James Mitchell "Mitch" Harrell, emergency operations chief for the Gilchrist County Department of Public Safety.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.