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Today's News

  • McCormick tapped for FFA Hall of Fame

      Fenwick D. “Mac” McCormick, Williston High School graduate and former agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at his alma mater, will be inducted into Florida FFA’s Hall of Fame during an Oct. 4 ceremony in Haines City.
       McCormick joins four other inductees who are being honored for their contributions in making Florida FFA one of the premier youth leadership organizations in the United States.

  • Hastings says district cannot meet state goal

       During his closing remarks at Tuesday's School Board of Levy County meeting, Superintendent Bob Hastings voiced his support for changing the state's class-size amendment.
       Hastings said that there was "no way" the district could meet the amendment's requirements this year, which means the state could impose penalties that could total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    "There's no way we're going to meet it 100 percent," Hastings said. "One size does not fit all."

  • Child Safety Day is Saturday

       The Ornan Masonic Lodge in cooperation with the Williston Police and Fire Departments, Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids of North Central Florida will be on hand helping to make our community safe place for children during Child Safety Day, Saturday, Sept. 25.
          Food, games, live entertainment by Southbound featuring Natalie Green and the Magic Man are planned. Every family that participates will receive a FREE Child ID kit, which unlike any other Child ID kit can be updated every year as your child grows and changes.

  • School Board overturns automatic pay increases

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously voted on Tuesday to change the language of the school district’s contract with the Levy County Education Association, altering the language so that automatic salary step increases for teachers and employees will now be negotiated annually between the parties.
    Both sides argued their cases before the board during an impasse hearing at the School Board’s offices in Bronson. The decision alters an agreement that has been in place for 30 years in the school district.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Juan Vianney Huerta-Alonso, 29, Bronson, arrested Sept. 18, no driver’s license. Released on own recognizance.
    •Jena Marie Hindsley, 22, Old Town, arrested Sept. 17, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR). Released on own recognizance.
    •Shannon Evelyn White, 34, Fanning Springs, arrested Sept. 17, Violation of Probation (VOP) larceny,  VOP criminal mischief and VOP resisting  without violence. Bond $3,000.

  • Purple pinkie arrives in Williston

       Williston Rotary Club members received the challenge to have purple pinkies Tuesday when Lake City Rotarian John Wheeler spoke to the club about eliminating polio around the world.

       Once pandemic, polio is thisclose to be eradicated and Rotary has taken on the project to ensure it is in most of our live times.

       Today, the disease, which affects the nervous system and causes paralysis, originates in four countries: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Nigeria.

  • Council splits 3-2 to keep city attorney

    Ancient history was resurrected Tuesday night as City Attorney Norm Fugate spent most of the Williston Council meeting defending his role as the city’s legal counsel.

    Fugate’s presentation came on the heels of a memo drafted to council members by Councilman Michael Shoemaker and dated Sept. 8 in which Shoemaker alleged that Fugate did not understand contract law and may not be acting in the best interest of the city.

  • Bell to take on Rooks in fall election

    Ryan Bell defeated Noel Desmond in the Republican primary election for the District 4 County Commission seat Tuesday, closely advancing to November’s general election by a mere 36 votes.

    It was Levy County’s only local race on the ballot in the primary election, held on a day of poor weather and low turnout.

    Of the 21,415 registered voters in the county, 24.97 percent turned out to vote.

  • Levy County Sheriff’s Report

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

    Amanda Sue Peacock, 26, Brooker, arrested July 31, driving under the influence and failure to sign citation.

    Dalton H. Mashburn, 17, Gulf Hammock, arrested July 27, burglary of a residence.

    Miguel Hernandez, 34, Miami, arrested July 27, retail theft. Bond $1,000.

    Jeffery Deshaun Patterson, 26, Gainesville, arrested July 27, violation of probation (VOP). Released on own recognizance.

  • Hospital management in turmoil

    The group that planned to buy Williston’s Nature Coast Hospital is now enmeshed in a lawsuit against its owner, Cypress Healthcare Systems Florida.

    Partners Healthcare Development, a Kansas corporation, filed a civil suit in May charging that Cypress interfered with the operation of the hospital which “ultimately resulted in the constructive eviction” of PHD.