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Today's News

  • We asked and the candidates answered

    Local candidates answered questions from the Levy Newspaper Group about their stand on issues that concern you.

  • Bronson proposes rollback millage

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    The Bronson town council at its second budget workshop unanimously voted to propose the new millage rate at the rollback rate of 5.04.

    Due to a small rise in property values, the rate is about one percent lower than the prior fiscal year’s rate of 5.07. The rollback rate represents the rate at which the town can collect the same amount of tax revenue as the prior year.

  • Mural project nears end

    Two years ago, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) had an idea to decorate the Heritage Park gazebo with art depicting Williston life. Monday night that idea came one step closer to reality with the acceptance of hand-painted pictures that will be enlarged and hung.

    Artist Judy Kemp presented the CRA with her finished work and said her job is now complete.

    Next the CRA will contract with someone to photograph and turn the canvases into panels for the gazebo.

  • FBI makes arrest in 39-year-old crime

    Over 39 years ago, Mary Gene Bailey French and her husband, Royal, were ending a beautiful vacation in the Hawaiian Islands.

    The splendor of the trip was marred in the days ahead by a story shrouded in mystery, deception, betrayal and murder.

    Mrs. French's father, Gene Bailey, and three of his friends, were bushwhacked eight miles from Williston as they drove home from Ocala after having dinner.

  • Levy braces for teacher shortage

    Candy Dean, the Levy school district’s personnel director, said the teacher shortage in the county is the worst it’s been since she’s been in the job.

    And the problem isn’t isolated to the county. 

    The district still had 33 teaching positions listed on its job openings site two weeks before students return to class. Other counties in the region, like Citrus, Columbia and Hernando, are reportedly facing just as steep – or even steeper – shortages.

  • No Zika in Levy, but mosquitoes are being tested

    After the daily thunderstorms pass through Levy County residents need to go on patrol outside their homes and empty every container that has water in it. 

    That’s because the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is a container-grown pest, it does not breed in open ditches and ponds, said Matt Weldon, Levy’s Mosquito Control Department director. He made the plea to empty containers after every rainfall in a report on the virus to the County Commission on Tuesday. 

  • Williston tentatively sets millage the same

    Williston Council members were faced with its annual dilemma Tuesday night: raise the taxes or keep them the same.

    Florida law dictates that once a tentative rate is set it cannot be raised, but it can be reduced. Some government bodies opt to set it at the higher rate while budget preparation continues, knowing it can be lowered at the final public hearing.

    But Williston councilors appeared content with both the budgeting process and the city's current millage of 5.8627.

  • 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.