Today's News

  • And then there were three

    After more than seven hours of interviews, Williston City Council agreed in less than 20 minutes on the three people they think best suited to oversee the day-to-day operations of the city.
    Oel Wingo, Patrick Miller and John McCue were culled from a pack of 34 applicants to fill the city manager job vacated by Marcus Collins in April.
    Wingo has been acting as the interim manager for more than a month. She was the last of seven applicants interviewed by the council during two rounds of one-hour interviews.

  • TDC awards Peanut Festival funds


    Six local groups asked the Levy County Tourism Development Council (TDC) for $15,000 in advertising dollars and were granted $12,500 Thursday night - pending one more step in the 2011-2012 application process.

  • County budget shrinking

    Levy County is only expecting to receive $21,092,968 in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, and on Monday heard spending requests totaling $20,811,999.
    The lion’s share of the budget – $10,804,058 – was requested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
    The requests were part of a budget workshop held by the Levy County Commission on Monday.
    Although County Property Appraiser Oz Barker did not attend the meeting – and his budget request is down 14 percent from last year – property taxes were on everyone’s minds.

  • 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.