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Today's News

  • Animal services gains new powers

    Animal owners who neglect, mistreat or cannot provide adequate care for their animals could find themselves in Levy County Court where the judge could order Levy County Animal Services to remove the animals from their custody.

    In two unanimous votes the Levy County Commission approved:

    • a change to the job duties of animal services workers to include investigation of violations of the state’s animal cruelty law and

  • Williston's Eddie Hodge honored by Florida Forestry

    TALLAHASSEE-The Florida Forestry Association recognized Eddie Hodge of Williston Timber Co. as Florida's Logger of the Year at its 2014 Annual Meeting.

    Hodge launched Williston Timber Co., Inc., in 1977 with his brother Johnny Hodge. The family also opened Derby Gold, a pine shavings and pellet mill, in 2000.

    "lt is my hope that as an overall industry we will recognize the value of the logger and work together to make this industry sustainable. lt is an honorable life," Hodge said.

  • That Championship Season

    The pride was just as intense Friday night as when the Williston High School state-winning baseball team motorcaded down Noble Avenue in May. The reason? The team was presented its championship rings at halftime of last week's game, which saw the gridiron Red Devils wreaking havoc over Wildwood.

  • New supervisor's dreams for Williston Airport soar

    Wayne Middleton likes aviation and for most of his life has worked in and around airports.

    In September, Middleton filled the big shoes of Joe Ball, who retired after 15 years as the supervisor of the Williston Airport.

    A native of South Florida, Middleton and his wife, Bridget–a professor at Santa Fe College–have lived in Williston for over 10 years. His new position at the airport is his first employment stint at home, and he’s already loving his five-minute commute.

  • Sisters earn titles at Miss Heart of USA pageant

    Three local sisters were recently award the titles at the 2014 Miss Heart of the USA North Florida State Pageant in Jacksonville,.

    Courtney Rodgers, 18, was crowned North Florida's Miss Heart of the USA. Rebecca Rodgers, 14, was crowned North Florida's Junior Miss Heart of the USA. Madison Rodgers was crowned North Florida's Community Service Queen.

  • Bicyclist killed on U.S. 41

    A bicyclist was killed just before midnight Saturday after he was struck by a Jeep on U.S. 41, south of Williston.

    Oscar Alfredo Jeronimo Sic, 23, of Williston was traveling south on U.S. 41 in the center of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Robert Carl Kinsey, 53, of Morriston was behind the bicycle, traveling 50-55 mph. Behind Kinsey – at about 200 feet– were John Paul Linnell, 36, of Ocala driving a 2001 Hyundai Elantra and Samuel Antonio White, 48, of Tampa driving a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Williston approves millage, budget

    Without as much as a single nod of affirmation or an harrumph of disdain, the Williston City Council approved the millage rate at 5.8527 mills and a budget of $14.7 million for FY 2014-2015 during Tuesday night's public hearing.

    In less than nine minutes, the city's finances for next year were taken care of without one resident present to question or applaud what becomes of their tax money.

    In the first hearing two weeks ago, the council members agreed that this budget is the best efforts they can do for their town.

  • Bronson breaks ground on sewer system

    Bronson will begin construction on its $2.9 million sewer expansion project within the next few weeks.

    "It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here," Bronson Mayor Franklyn Schuler said at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning in front of Town Hall.

    The sewer system, primarily aimed at increasing business development along the town's main corridor, has been in the works for years.

  • County OKs $65 million budget

    The Levy County Commission, with two members who leave in November due to electoral losses, was commended on Monday evening by the only Levy County resident who cared to show up and speak at a public hearing where the property tax and final budget for the 2014-15 was unanimously approved.

    "I want you to note that the budget is less than last year when it was $66 million and some change. Good job," said Dana Sheffield of "the Fanning Springs Sheffields."This board has done a good job for the county."

  • Red Devils' football coach fired

     

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    and Max Yavel

    Cliff Lohrey’s career as head football coach of the Williston High School Red Devils came to an abrupt halt around 4 p.m. Sunday when Principal Eulin Gibbs fired the seven-month coach and athletic director.