Today's News

  • Williston in good financial shape

    The city's financial officer gave his report on the first half of the year, ending in April, and things are looking rosy.

    Financial Officer Steve Bloom presented the report to the City Council at its Tuesday, July 5, meeting noting that by the end of April the city was 58.3 percent of the way through the fiscal year that started Oct. 1, 2015. 

    Some of Bloom's highlights:

  • Commission not happy with I-75 plan

    The Levy County Commission is not happy with the state’s plans to relieve pressure on I-75, which runs through Alachua County to the east by possibly putting a high-speed, toll road that would go up the east side of Levy County – and they are putting their distress in writing.

  • Owens' family welcomes new daughter

     Allison and Jeremy Owens of Royston, Ga. announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Piper Rae, born at 1:45 p.m. June 27, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, Ga.

    The baby weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Carolyn (Tom) Ten Broeck of Williston and Bill Risner of Canon, Ga.

    Paternal grandparents are the late Jerry and Diane Owens of Elberton, Ga.

  • County assessments will stay same

    Levy County property owners can expect that the non-ad valorem assessments for ambulance, fire, the landfill and road services will remain the same in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    That's because the Levy County Commission, on Tuesday, tentatively gave unanimously approv- al to keeping the assessments at the same level as last year. The final vote will be done following a public hearing scheduled for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse in Bronson.

  • Little sleep, but who cares?

     I'm tired. Plain and simple, I'm tired, perhaps even bordering on exhausted. As I write this, I'm sitting at my daughter's dining room table while the lull of the ceiling fan drones in my ear. My grandpup, Iago, is among the lucky – he's catching a nap on the back of the sofa.

  • Most Levy officials re-elected

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    When qualifying for public office closed on Friday, June 24 at noon, most Levy County constitutional offers, one state senator and three candidates for school board heaved a sigh of relief as they drew no opposition. 

  • Levy residents take a pass on road

     By Mike Wright


    Freeway upgrades first. Parkway extension second.

    That’s the consensus of a group of elected and appointed officials representing six Florida counties grappling with what to do about Interstate 75 congestion between Gainesville and Tampa.

  • Independence Day in Levy County

    If you’re looking for an abundant dose of patriotism this Independence Day, there are lots of opportunities to celebrate in Levy County. 

    Williston, Friday, July 1

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • June 14, Kenneth Armstrong, 49, Bell, two out of county warrants. ROR.

    • June 14, Henry Hilton Cannon, 39, Bronson, touch or strike. Bond $1,500.

    • June 14, William Edward Carter Jr., 42, Williston, touch or strike. Bond $15,000.

    • June 15, Michael William Chambless, 42, Gainesville, operating motorcycle with no DL, DWLS. Bond $12,000.

  • How can anyone survive so much joy?

    I came late to the Grandmother Party. By the time my 30th high school reunion rolled around, I was one of the few in my entire class who didn't have a grandchild. I was amazed that one of my classmates already had six – at 48 years old. But then again, she did have two sets of twins.

    My youngest child was the first to marry, followed six months later by my oldest child. Only the middle child remains in a content state of solitude.