Today's News

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • July 12, Kyle Bryan Bell, 21, Archer, two counts VOP.

    • July 12, Chuck Best, 46, Old Town, DUI. ROR.

    • July 13, Wilbur Dwight Bilyou, 34, Williston, possession of cocaine, out of county warrant.

    • July 12, Sylvia Chisolm, 32, Fanning Springs, non support of children or spouse.

  • Maguire keeps stock car racing’s heyday alive

     By Sean Arnold

    Walking into Rick Maguire’s office at Maguire’s Auto Repair in Williston feels a little bit like visiting a wing of a Florida stock car racing museum.

    Among a strew of typical auto shop items, there are framed photos of renowned drivers, like Bobby Allison, as well as a personal collection of photos documenting Maguire’s and his late father’s racing past.

  • Thank goodness for Mississippi

    Ever since I wrote the column about the Mississippi Roast and The Carnivore things have been changing at Herding Cats Ranch. 

    Shortly after the roast debuted, The Carnivore told me to put together a French toast casserole, store it in the fridge, get a good night’s sleep and pull out my work boots, ‘ cause I was gonna need them.

    He meant that literally and figuratively. 

  • Pride begins at city hall

    If leadership begins at the top, then the drive to make Williston a more attractive city must begin at city hall.

    Civic groups and individuals alike have picked up the gauntlet to clean up Williston. Two of the city council's appointed committees, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement have put in countless hours to make Williston better, prettier.

    And what has the council and staff done to beautify its own property?

  • Bullseye

    By Sean Arnold

    The Olympic athlete’s quest is a grueling trek, requiring relentless self-discipline, with few short-term rewards.

    For Bronson resident and silver medalist Jake Kaminski, the path was even more difficult as he prepared for next month’s 2016 Rio Olympics, where he will represent the U.S. in archery for the second straight summer games.

  • Happenings

     25th Anniversary

    Nature Coast Rehabilitation will celebrate 25 years Thursday, July 21 (today) with an anniversary party at their South Main Street location from 5-7 p.m.

    Meet owner Beth Hicks and her staff  and wish them another 25 years.

    The business is located at 37 South Main St., Suite C, catty-corner from the Williston Police Department.


    Pitmasters Wanted

  • Laughter is the secret

    M assaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt’s gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.

  • Change is coming for Williston property owners

    Over the course of the next few months, decisions will be made by city residents that will affect Williston property owners for years to come.

    In its quest to clean up Williston and make it both aesthetically pleasing and structurally safe, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) will be making recommendations to tighten city codes and stiffen penalties for those owners who fail to comply with the law.

  • Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.

  • Stegall turns down county job

    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall, the No. 1 ranked choice for director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, has turned down the salary offer of $79,000 to start with a rise to $85,000 in six months. He also asked for and was granted approval for at least two weeks of vacation time to go on pre-paid trips.