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Today's News

  • Despite the rain, we're still in a drought

    Even though many are in search of waders or an ark, last week's heavy rains haven't been enough and this part of Florida is still in a drought with a water shortage.

    On May 23, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board issued the Second Modification to Water Shortage Order No. SWF 2017-014, which elevated the existing water shortage declaration for all 16 counties within the district's jurisdiction due to the continuing drought conditions.

  • 'Let Freedom Ring' parade needs entrants

    “Let Freedom Ring” – that’s what folks in Williston will do Monday, July 3 when the city of Williston hosts the annual Pre-Fourth Extravaganza.

    The city-sponsored festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a parade down Noble Avenue. Floats, marching units and of course, the horses will carry out the Let Freedom Ring theme.

    City Clerk Fran Taylor said last week the parade needs more entrants, especially horses. If you or your organization would like to participate in the festivities, call Taylor at city hall at 528-3060.

  • Low-cost spay/neuter termed a success

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and county veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians. 

  • Superintendent, school board join opposition to education bill

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The School Board of Levy County and Superintendent Jeff Edison have joined a chorus of calls opposing the Florida legislature’s K-12 education budget proposal and a related bill widely seen as too favorable to charter schools at the expense of the state’s public school students.

  • LDS youth will tackle Williston trash Saturday
  • Watch for youth

    This Saturday, June 10, more than 100 youth and adults from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be out in full force in the city of Williston as they complete a clean up project.

    The youth, and their leaders, are coming from all around the region to work in Williston as part of a mission service project beginning at 9 a.m.

    Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat asks motorists to slow down through town Saturday morning since the young missionaries will be walking and working on public rights-of-way.

  • Williston gets a clean audit

    The department heads for the city of Williston have kept a tight rein on their finances and Tuesday night, their efforts were lauded.

    Helen Painter from Purvis, Gray & Co., the firm contracted to perform the annual audit, brought good news to the city council.

    "It's a job well done," she told council members.

    For the last few years, Painter has been rectifying items pointed out in a management letter and this year marks the second consecutive auditing season where nothing needed to be addressed.

  • Throw a shrimp on the barbie

    A look at the Williston Fire Department's rickety grill during April's Relay for Life caused PuroClean's Kim McLane a moment of pause. But just a moment, because she, along with her boss and company owner, Joseph Crane jumped into action to secure a new grill for the deparment.

    "They're volunteers," she said of the firefighters who have made the station their home away from home, "and we just needed to do something for them."

  • Happenings

    June

    WE SOAR Summer Programs

    WE SOAR, Inc. will host its 2017 Summer Enrichment Program June 5-Aug. 12 offering piano/keyboard lessons, drums/percussion lessons, dance, pantomime and drama.

    Sessions will start in the evening from 6:30-8/9 p.m. at various locations.

    For more information, call 352-361-6528 or email wesoar06@hotmail.com.

    Wininger Town Hall Meeting

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • May 26, David Ross Andruskiewicz, 62, Morriston, DUI. Bond $5,000.

    • May 22, Ray Anthony Bailey II, 24, Gainesville, felony warrant. Bond $1,000.

    • May 24, Bobbie Jo Beckett, 42, Archer, out of county warrant. Bond $10,000.

    • May 25, Steven D. Blumenberg, 19, Old Town, possession not more than 20 grams, and/or use. ROR.

    • May 27, Morgan Garrett Bradley, 20, Morriston, fleeing/eluding LEO with lights and sirens active. ROR.