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Today's News

  • Third person 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 to 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hal Phillips re-elected to FCF Board

    Dr. Harrell H. “Hal” Phillips,Jr., veterinarian and owner of Phillips Cattle Ranch in Morriston, was recently re-elected to the Farm Credit of Florida Board of Directors.

  • Williston sets tentative millage

    Unwilling to raise ad valorem taxes, the Williston City Council voted 3-1 Tuesday night to set the tentative millage rate the same as the current year at 5.8627 mills.

    Council President Charles Goodman was the lone dissenter, qualifying his "nay" vote by saying he'd rather raise it high then lower it further along in the budget process.

  • A Life Remembered

    It’s been 29 years since David Moss walked the streets of Williston, doing what he had sworn to do: serve and protect the city’s residents.

    It was Saturday, July 30, 1988 when Cpl. Moss of the Williston Police Department was shot and killed while attempting to assist with what was thought to be a disabled vehicle.

  • New Levy County CF campus opens doors

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The new College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus isn’t quite ready for its closeup, to flip the words of Gloria Swanson’s character in the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard.

    But after 14 years of development, fundraising and construction, it’s getting close.

  • County sets preliminary assessments

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.

  • The land that GPS forgot

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Citizens of the Gulf Hammock area feel like their area is falling through the cracks when it comes to locating homes for delivery or emergency services, and when it comes to the latter, they’re worried it could prove fatal.

    At the Gulf Hammock Church of God last Thursday, around 30 Gulf Hammock residents met with a handful of county representatives to air out their worries over how the area is represented on mapping systems as well as how it’s handled through the postal system.