Today's News

  • 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.

  • Emergency: Workers toil to rescue cows

    It wasn’t the typical call that came in to Williston Fire and Rescue Saturday morning.

    A farmer was reporting that one of his cows had apparently fallen into a sinkhole and he needed help getting it out.

    Emergency workers were dispatched to the property, located near Hwys. 121 and 316 and found there wasn’t one cow in distress, but two.

    Danny Wallace of Station 72 Fire and Rescue said the cows had somehow slipped through the barb wire and plummeted through the 30-foot funnel of the sinkhole.

  • No fanfare or feedback as school board tentatively raises millage

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday unanimously adopted its tentative millage rate and tentative budget for the 2010-2011 school year. But throughout the public hearing — the first on the school district’s for the next fiscal year — signs of future financial distress filtered in to the discussions.

    Outside of school district employees, board members and the press, no one attended the hearing.

  • Kauffman needs a liver

    Ervin Kauffman, president of the Williston Lions Club, learned this summer that he needs a liver transplant.

    Funds are needed to offset costs not covered by insurance and NATF–the National Transplant Assistance Fund will help Kauffman in a fund-raising effort while he waits for his transplant.

    NTAF has a 26-year record of success helping families address financial hardships arising from uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    Joseph Strong, 31, Chiefland, arrested July 24 for kidnapping/false imprisonment.

    Bertina Sheffield, 36, Chiefland, arrested July 24 for the sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of a controlled substance and trafficking in a controlled substance. Bond $22,000.

  • Williston Police Reports

    Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    William Douglas Birchfield, 53, of Williston, arrested July 21 on a Violation of Probation (VOP) warrant.

    Amanda McRae Taylor, 23, of Williston, arrested July 12 for theft.

  • Community Happenings

    Sunday, Aug. 1

    Poley Reunion

    The Grandpa Poley Reunion will be Sunday, Aug. 1 all day at the Levy County Quilt Musem. Lunch will be served at noon. Please bring food to share.

    If you play music, bring your instruments and join in the fun.

    For more information, call Winnelle Horne at 352-493- 2801.

    Wednesday, Aug. 4