Today's News

  • Courthouse renovations go out for bid

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County needs a new courthouse, but the project is too cost-prohibitive at the moment.

    That’s what Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, found in exploring the courthouse’s infrastructure needs and the options available.

    However, he concluded there are affordable short-term options available to address its pair of most pressing security needs.

  • Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

    Just over five years ago Marguerite Robinson hovered in the background when her husband, Jerry, was elected to the Williston City Council and was, for a short time, its president.

    Now it will be Mr. Robinson who lingers in the shadows since Williston's newest council member is Mrs. Robinson.

    Tuesday night, Judge Tim Browning swore in the new councilwoman who qualified without opposition to fill the unexpired term of Tim Hass who resigned in July.

  • Representative garners Levy support for texting bill

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Emily Slosberg, a Democratic State Representative from Boca Raton, was a long way from her home district.

    But in her visit to Levy County earlier this month, she found common ground in support of her cause – passing stricter texting-while-driving laws.

    Her passion has led her on a statewide campaign to drum up support to pressure the legislature to strengthen the state’s texting and driving laws.

  • CRA selects vendors for veterans' memorial

    Six months ago, the checking accounting for the veterans' memorial, proposed by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), had $7,067.

    A campaign, led by Vietnam veteran David Wilson, and supported by the CRA and the Williston Chamber of Commerce, began in earnest in March and as of last week, that account now has over $48,000.

    However, it may not be enough to see the project through to completion.

  • Third man 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 of 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. 

  • HandiCapable

    Five years ago, Tim Hamilton wasn't sure whether he would live or die.

    Fighting two horrendous infections, he woke up in a hospital bed at Shands to discover he was now minus a leg. An amputation – at the hip – was necessary to save his life.

    In the weeks, months and years that followed, Tim slowly recovered and learned to adapt to life minus a limb.

    His life as he knew it: contractor, fisherman and hunter, was over.

    Or was it?

  • Ten Broeck earns two first place finishes

    A rotting bivalve and an assassination attempt helped Williston Pioneer Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck claim two first place writing awards at the Florida Press Association's annual conference Aug. 11 in Naples.

  • 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.

  • 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.