Today's News

  • Public records exist for public review

    It is a typical scene in our office.
    A person–generally irate–although sometimes simply confused–walks through the door, picks up a paper from the stand and slaps it on the counter.
    Wait–I take that back. Sometimes they are angry and  confused.
    Sometimes they shake the paper.
    Other times, they turn a few pages and jab a finger at an article.
    “Who wrote this?” They demand.
    Sometimes they add a few choice words.

  • Name dropping

    I have friends in high places. How’s that for a changeabout from Garth Brooks’ best selling song?
    But it’s true. I have been blessed to have friends and acquaintances who have been successful in their many diverse careers. One of the luxuries of being successful is one often meets people of note–celebrities.
    However, I have learned over the years that the more successful you are, the less likely you are to be a name dropper. And I like that.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    June 20, Princeo Laquinton Altidor, 22, Bradenton, VOP battery on LEO.
    June 25, Justin Wayne Bingaman, 23, Trenton, domestic battery.
    June 25, Sammy Dewayne Carr, 44, Old Town, DWLSR with knowledge, no vehicle registration.
    June 20, Lawrence Carter, 53, Gainesville, FTA possession of marijuana. Bond $2,000.
    June 22, Drew Joshua Bennett, 24, Perry, VOP grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, July 2

    Holy Family Yard Sale
    Holy Family Catholic Church will hold a yard sale Saturday, July 2 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Vendor spaces are available. The church will also hold yard sales the first Saturday of each month. For more information, call Gil Farley at 528-2893.

    AARP Chapter #912 will have an information booth at Williston’s Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 2 at Horseman’s Park. 

  • Williston’s the place to be Saturday

    The weekend promises to be filled with all things patriotic and some fun and games on the side.
    Start your holiday weekend here in Williston Saturday, July 2 with the  “Proud to be An American” parade at 5 p.m.
    Dr. Kenneth Wise will be the grand marshal for the parade.
    Numerous participants have committed to participating in the parade that runs its course east on Noble Avenue.

  • Can this city be saved?

    There’s trouble afoot in the city of Williston, and it’s been brewing for some time. But if you ask some folks, they would chalk up this rough patch to an anomaly and skirt right over it.
    No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver–There is none so blind as he who will not see.
    It’s unfair to say the city’s finances are in disarray, because the fact of the matter is, no one knows. Anything. Good or bad. Which makes us ask the only question there is to ask–why?

  • DUI checkpoint this weekend

    The Williston Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint in the 200 block of West Noble Avenue beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, July 1 and ending at 2 a.m. Saturday, July 2.

  • Levy County Sheriff 6-23

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the follow arrests:
    June 17, Jonathan Maurice Allen, 23, Chiefland, DWLSR knowingly.
     June 18, James Devon Baker, 45, Morriston, domestic battery.
     June 19, Stephen Michael Baker, 19, Inglis, assault with a deadly missile.
    June 14, James Terah Barker, 27, Bronson, domestic battery and felony battery by strangulation. Bond $25,000.
    June 19, Roger Leo Bergeron, 46, Inglis, domestic battery. Bond $2,000.

  • Bus driver termination hits third step in process


    Personnel issues involving two bus drivers and a custodian consumed Tuesday's three-plus hour School Board of Levy County meeting. The board also called a Aug. 2 public hearing to discuss policy changes, including the adoption of the "baggy pants law," recently approved by Florida legislators.

  • City contracts to sort out financial mess

    Wasting no time to get a handle on the city’s financial situation, Interim City Manager Oel Wingo asked the council Tuesday to allow her to enter into a contract for services with an accounting firm who can straighten out the city’s books in prepararation for the state-mandated audit.
    Severn Trent Management Services, with offices across the state, including Coral Springs, Orlando and St. Augustine, was the lowest of four proposals submitted to the city for financial services.