Today's News

  • School district may see layoffs

    A loss of almost $4 million in revenues for Levy County schools may translate into layoffs for anywhere from 40 to 70 personnel, Superintendent Bob Hastings told the Levy County Republican Executive Committee.
    Hastings, in a casual update by public officials at the group’s monthly meeting on Monday night in Chiefland, said, “People are very concerned about the state budget.” But he said it is too early to worry as the final budget approved by the legislature — which opens its annual session on March 8 — is likely to approve a different version.

  • Pick up barrel for art and Levy Fair

    Get your paint brushes ready.  The Trashy Art barrels are now ready for pick up. 
    Your organization can enter by painting a barrel and exhibiting it for auction at the Levy County Fair, April 7-10. 
     Each organization or individual will receive one-half of their auction proceeds, with the other half benefiting the Fair Association.

  • Tax trailer needs to go

    The trailer that serves as the satellite office for the Levy County Tax Collector is impeding progress in the revitalization of Williston, according to Kenneth Schwiebert, the city’s CRA chairman.
    Schwiebert urged the Williston Council members Tuesday to make a decision about the office,  located at 55 South Main St.
    “This has languished for a year,”  Schwiebert said. “We just feel it’s dragged on enough.”

  • Council tweaks utility policy draft

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck
    The people spoke. The council listened. And now change in how the city charges for utility reconnection fees is imminent.
    Council members spent almost an hour Tuesday night tweaking changes in the utility policy that will soon be presented as an ordinance by interim city attorney Jennifer Ellison.
    Debra Jones, vice president of the council, conducted the meeting in the absence of President Marc Nussel, and covered the draft section by section.

  • Steve Holcomb

    Name: Steve Holcomb

     Age: 60

     Education: Brandon High School graduate; continuing education at University of South Florida in Business Management

     Family: Married for nearly 40 years, two children and a granddaughter

     Current Civic/ Church/Club Affiliations:

    I am a full-time city councilman and serve on the Withlachoochee Planning Council

     Years living in the city: My family and I have lived in Williston for 35 years.


  • Jerry Robinson

    Name: Jerry Robinson

    Age: 63

    Education: High School; Some college; Completed Institute for Elected Officials and Advanced Institute for Elected Officials; Casualty-Property Claims Law Associate Designation

    Family: Wife Marguerite, Daughter Catrina Sistrunk and her husband Robert with three grandchildren Robbie, Joseph and Adam and a step son living in Gainesville.

    Current Civic/ Church/Club Affiliations: First United Methodist Church of Williston; Williston Chamber of Commerce

  • Debra Jones

    Name:  Debra French Jones


    Age:  59


    Education:  Graduated from Williston High School, attended Auburn University, and became a registered health information technician (RHIT) through the American Association of Health Information Management (Chicago).     


  • Norm Fugate


    Norm D. Fugate;



    51 yrs old.



    Williston High School Graduate; Undergraduate degree from University of Florida, major in finance; Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law.



    Married to Janice Fugate, with six children.


    Current Civic/ Church/Club Affiliations

  • Voters will decide two council seats

    After several weeks of sometimes heated campaigning, the curtain will close Tuesday, March 1 on this year’s Williston City Election.
    City voters will head to the polls at 7 a.m. Tuesday and mark ballots in two council races.
    In group A, incumbent Benny Steve Holcomb, who has served 12 years on the city council, takes on political newcomer and former city attorney Norm Fugate.
    Debra French Jones, the incumbent for Group C, will square off against former councilman Jerry Robinson.

  • Tickets on sale now

    Tickets for Saturday night's basketball game between the Williston Red Devils and Orlando Jones are on sale now at the Williston High School front office. Cost is $6. It is recommended you buy tickets now rather than take your chances at the door Saturday.