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Today's News

  • Stop this cycle, I want to get off

    More than a dozen years ago, I performed in the community theatre's production of "Dearly Departed", a campy tale of a Southern dysfunctional family attending the wake and funeral of patriarch Bud Turpin.

    There are many classic lines from the show, but the one that has kept playing in my head for the last month is delinquent Royce saying to his financially ruined uncle, "You know, Junior, life's a circle."

  • Road to be named for Ellzey

    A portion of Hwy. 19 in Otter Creek will be dedicated to the memory of A. Haygood Ellzey, the only Levy County Sheriff's officer killed in the line of duty.

    The dedication for Deputy Ellzey will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25 at the northbound lane sign in Otter Creek.

  • Council president explains last week's 'power bump'

    Last Wednesday the power in the city of Williston flickered as many as 17 times in a short span of time, leaving businesses and residents wondering what in the world was going on.

    Tuesday night, Councilwoman Nancy Wininger asked for answers.

    President Charles Goodman said he had some knowledge to share since he had been a part of it with many people reaching out to him for explanations.

  • Williston Council has egg on its face

    The absence of Williston's city manager at the city council meeting Tuesday night left the council unable to make time sensitive decisions and repeatedly apologizing for its lack of action.

    Oelrich Construction, the company contracted to build a new Williston City Hall, had hoped to begin demolition on the old building later this month.

    In order for that to happen, the city staff has to vacate the premises and had hoped to begin moving into the M building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

  • What I learned caring for my father

    By Jessica Gilbert

    Guest Columnist

    I recently took my father into my home and cared for him while he was on hospice care. I was honored to do so.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff reports the following arrests for the week of Dec. 18:

    • Dec. 19, Michele Collins Adams, 44, Inglis, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription. Bond $25,000.

    • Dec. 20, John M. Baker, 24, Inglis, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    • Dec. 18, Bruce John Beyer Jr., 29, Williston, operating a motorcycle w/o a license, DWLSR. Bond $500.

    • Dec. 23, Shaun Phillip Bond, 51, Inglis, obstruction W/OV, disorderly intoxication. Bond $4,000.

  • Happenings

    January

    Garden Club Special Speakers

    Williston Garden Club invites the general public to its next meeting Jan. 10.

    Members of Cedar Keys Audubon Chapter will speak on their mission to conserve and restore our unique natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. This chapter was honored as Chapter of the Year for 2017 at the Audubon Assembly in St. Augustine this past October, in part because of their impressive Birds Rescue program.

  • Mackenzie Goode accepted into Phi Kappa Phi

    Mackenzie Goode of Williston was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Goode was initiated at University of Florida.

    Goode is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

  • Superintendent warns of amendment proposals threatening local control

    Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Edison is weary of state amendment proposals that are in the pipeline that would limit local control for school boards, and he cautioned the Levy County Commission that those measures are part of an overall trend from state leadership that is likely to affect local government.

  • Take precautions with freezing temps looming

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is urging local residents and business owners to take preventative measures to protect pipes, irrigation systems and even crops as many across the District face freezing temperatures throughout the week.

    Weather forecasts are predicting three nights of hard and light freezes (sustained temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the District; including the possibility of hail and/or frozen precipitation Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.