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Today's News

  • Council stymied over future of city hall

    For more than a year, Williston City Council has bandied about the idea of the city possibly someday acquiring the cafeteria property at the original Williston High School for conversion into a new city hall building.

    During that year there were talks about reduced prices, trading out services and lopping the cafeteria off from the rest of the school property.

    The future is now.

  • FBI makes arrest in 39-year-old crime

    Over 39 years ago, Mary Gene Bailey French and her husband, Royal, were ending a beautiful vacation in the Hawaiian Islands.

    The splendor of the trip was marred in the days ahead by a story shrouded in mystery, deception, betrayal and murder.

    Mrs. French's father, Gene Bailey, and three of his friends, were bushwhacked eight miles from Williston as they drove home from Ocala after having dinner.

  • No dog in the fight

    With the news last week that the Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) has the first right of refusal concerning the future of the old middle school, the Williston City Council was faced with only one action: take a bow.

    Tuesday night, City Manager Scott Lippmann told the council that the MFA has until the end of January 2017 to strike a deal with the School Board of Levy County, or walk away.

  • Ministerial Faith Alliance plans to buy old middle school property
  • War memorial needs some help
  • Cold case leads to Levy
  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Feb. 15, Zachary Armlin, 23, Chiefland, child abuse without great bodily harm.

    • Feb. 14, Felix Carrillo, 33, Archer, VOP, failure to report email address with Internet identifiers. Bond $100,000.

    • Feb. 18, Gerald Renard Coleman, 18, Williston, possession not more than 20 grams. ROR.

    • Feb. 18, Justin Cowart-Darling, 21, Williston, possession of a controlled substance W/O prescription, possession of cocaine, and/or use. Bond $15,000.

  • Happenings

    February

    Concealed Weapon Class

    Covenant Connection Marriage Ministry of Unity Temple International Fellowship in their fundraising efforts will have a Basic Pistol Class through the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Saturday, Feb. 25. The cost of the class is $65.

    Each participant must bring picture ID. You can also bring your gun, ear and eye protection and 25 rounds of ammunition if you have it.

    The class will begin promptly at 8 a.m. at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Classroom, located at 9150 NE 80th Ave. Bronson, FL 32621.

  • Questions should have been asked two years ago

    As the Williston City Planner and members of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) addressed the elephant in the room last week about the property owners' intent concerning backdoor beautification that abuts Block 12, we couldn't help but ask ourselves, "Why now?"

  • Yes, I'm a journalist

    I’ve been seriously writing since I was 10 years old. I knew at 12 it’s what I wanted to do to earn a living.

    By the time I was 17 and poring over college catalogs, I knew I had to major in something besides romance novel writing because no one pays you right out of the chute to write bodice-ripping novels.

    That’s how I came to journalism and it’s where I’ve stayed almost my entire life, except for a brief stint as a property tax appraiser.