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Today's News

  • Bronson mayor wants to expand MLK festivities

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Bronson mayor Bruce Greenlee has a goal to expand on the town’s march and festivities for the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with a focus on getting more students involved.

  • Mattair receives national honor

    Kelvin Mattair, of Williston has been named one of nine Fellows selected for The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) inaugural 2017 National Mentoring Summit Fellowship Program.

    As a Fellow, Mattair, Project Director of the JBU Mentoring Program at the Unity Family Community Center, Inc., has been awarded admission and a travel stipend to attend MENTOR’s annual National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C.

  • Police officers to get raises

    Saying he doesn't have a pool of qualified applicants to choose from for police officers, Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow appealed to the city council Tuesday night to grant raises for existing officers and increase starting pay for new hires.

    Strow said starting pay in Williston for officers is $30,000 annually and because trained officers can make more in other areas, he is out of the competitive field to attract applicants.

    The chief said he had surveyed 15 different areas and Williston came in 14th in the salary department.

  • Levy wish list is a long one

    One thing was certain at last week’s Levy County Legislative Delegation hearing: The county and its municipalities have a lot of needs.

    For state Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala, R-District 22, and Sen. Rob Bradley of Green Cove, R-District 5, it may be a busy legislative session trying to pack in every earnest request for their help.

  • Man indicted in home invasion death case

    The Levy County Spring Term Grand Jury returned a True Bill on Thursday, Jan. 19, indicting Johnny Tadree Turner, 22, on 13 individual criminal counts including first degree murder for the shooting death of Francisco De Jesus Soto during a May 1, 2016, home invasion in Morriston.

  • City tells residents noise problem is not its problem

    Dwayne Williams has appeared before the Williston City Council a half dozen times over the last few months asking for resolution to what he and his neighbors perceive as a noise problem near the drying sheds of Williston Peanuts in the east end of the city.

    Williams and many of his neighbors have alleged that during peanut season, the business creates so much noise that they cannot enjoy their lives – from socializing to sleeping.

    Last week, Williams made another appearance before the council, asking once again what the city planned to do.

  • Marijuana moratorium heads to public hearing

    A nine-month moratorium in Levy County on the opening of any medical marijuana dispensaries passed its first public hearing without comment on Tuesday and will have a second public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse.

  • Williston receives $100k grant

    Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow believes when you find something good, you should share it.

    Monday, Strow and the city of Williston did just that when they hosted a dedication ceremony to share what $100,000 can do.

    The funds, made available through a USDA grant, came back to the city for the purpose of upgrading outdated technology equipment in the police department.

    The department also received a grant to purchase two fully equipped patrol vehicles.

  • Frank Etheridge retires

     Drummond Community Bank bid farewell to long-time banker and friend, Frank Etheridge when he retired Dec. 31 after 43 years of banking.

    Among his many accomplishments, Etheridge led Perkins State Bank as president, CEO and Chair of the Board. 

  • 'It's time'

     

    For nearly two decades Mary Kline has been the face of the Williston Chamber of Commerce, but come this Sunday – New Year's Day – that changes as Mary slides into a well-deserved retirement with her husband, Darrell by her side.

    "I'm really ambivalent," she said her last full day of work, Dec. 22. "The closer I get to it, the more I wonder if I'll go crazy. But I am excited as a whole chapter is closing."