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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
  • Teens take three vehicles before spree ends

    The third time was a strike when two teenagers allegedly stole three different vehicles in and around the Williston area.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s office, Kennith Baldinelli, 17, of Melrose and Titan O. Chaney, 15, of Middleburg stole a car to meet a girl in Williston.

    When they arrived in town, they ditched the first car they had stolen from the Melrose area of Alachua County. This vehicle was recovered by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office but no arrests were made because no suspects had yet been identified.

  • Teens arrested in series of thefts

    Three Williston teens were arrested by Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators last week and charged with several cases during a February crime spree.

    Zachary L. Chism, 14, Daniel Melendez, 16, and Tyler A. Dutka, 16, have been charged with multiple crimes. Investigators Scott Stancil and CJ Perryman identified Dutka as a potential suspect while working on an unrelated investigation. The investigators subsequently identified Chism and Melendez after Dutka was interviewed.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • March 24, Ronald Edward Adams, 57, Archer, DWLS – habitual. Bond $25,000.

    • March 22, Jeffrey Steven Baggett, 41, Bronson, DWLS. Bond $2,000.

    • March 20, Michael Christopher Black, 44, Lake City, DUI. Bond $10,000.

    • March 21, Alan William Brewster, 55, Inglis, FTA. ROR.

    • March 24, Paul Franklin Bruce, 33, Archer, non support of children or spouse. Bond $1,600.

  • A brother like no other

    I lacked three months being four years old when he was born. Memories are sketchy from that period of my life, but I remember with absolute clarity the morning after he was born.

    We lived in a small four-room house heated with two free-standing coal stoves.

    I remember Daddy putting me in the high chair between the cook stove and back door as he rushed to make oatmeal and toast before he and I set out to visit my new baby brother.