Today's News

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department released information on the following arrests:

    Scott A. Mead, 35, of Southwest 3rd Street, Williston, was accused of battery in an incident outside his home with a man who allegedly owed him money.

    Eugene Thomas Days, 41, of Southeast 10th Street, Williston, was accused of DUI and driving while license suspended or revoked after he was stopped by a police officer who recognized him and knew that his license was suspended.


  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A disturbance on Northeast 62nd Lane in Bronson resulted in three arrests,including one juvenile.

    According to Sheriff's reports, the altercation apparently started over some car keys, one woman was threatened with strangulation and the girl was accused of sticking a knife to the throat of one of the people.

  • Students connect art and math

    Besides all those geometric shapes students can find in those prints of famous paintings, what else can they learn from art? In the art classroom of Helen Darling, art teacher at Williston Elementary School, Ocala artist Connie Ferreira recently shared her vast knowledge about polymer clay as she engaged the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders for eight days during an "artist-in-the-school program," jointly funded by the Florida Arts in Education program (using matching funds from the School Board of Levy County), the Linda Green Proctor Memorial Fund and the Williston Art League.

  • 5,000-pound challenge begins

    It's a new year and dozens of Levy County residents are planning to make it a healthier 2009 by participating in the 5,000-Pound Challenge.

    Saturday scores of them showed up at Nature Coast Regional Hospital to kick off the 10-month program designed to foster healthy living through nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and heart attack and stroke prevention.

    Three families have been selected to receive additional help through the challenge and at the end of the year, the family that best exemplifies a healthier unit will win prizes including makeovers and haircuts.

  • Home schoolers visit ranch

    Members of the Williston Christian Home Schoolers were guests of the Two Trails Ranch on Tuesday Feb. 17. Ranch owner Patricia Zerbini led the group around the sprawling ranch to view the animals and learn, "All about Elephants."

    That's right, since 1984 the elephants have been in Williston. The Two Tails Ranch was founded, designed and built in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky.

    The ranch has been home to over 100 elephants over the years. They come to seek care, rehabilitation, temporary housing, retirement, and reproduction.

  • Devils, P.K. win; play each other again Tuesday

    Sometimes teams do follow the script.

    The matchup everyone has expected in the regional semifinals will take place Tuesday at Williston, where the boys basketball team will play host to P.K. Yonge in the Class 3A, Region 2 matchup.

    Each team won on Thursday to advance. Williston eased past Keystone Heights, 62-32, and P.K. downed Union County, 85-67.

    Game time at Williston next Tuesday is 7 p.m.

  • Faade grants to spruce up downtown

    Williston’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) is encouraging downtown businesses to spruce up with the help of façade improvement grants, which will total $10,000 for this year alone.

    The thrust of the effort is to restore the historic feel of downtown Williston by returning core buildings to their original appearance.

    Grants are available up to $5,000 for a single façade. Grants for lesser amounts may be awarded. 

  • Gala gets $13,000 for Levy County schools

    When all was said and done after Saturday night’s 2009 Superintendent’s Gala, the Levy County Schools Foundation raised approximately $13,000 for scholarships for area students. The Gala, held this year at Chiefland Elementary, was attended by 240 community members and featured live music by the Central Florida Community College Patriot Jazz Combo.

    Two additions to the program this year included an award for outstanding alumni and a memorial scholarship for aspiring teachers.

  • City asks: What's in it for us?

    “What is Williston going to get from the stimulus package?” asked Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat toward the end of Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

    What do we have that is “shovel ready” and how do we apply for the grants needed to secure the funds to do it?

  • Not much stimulus help coming to county

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s meeting with tri-county elected officials was a case of good news-bad news.

    The good news is the stimulus bill passed.

    The bad news is not everyone will be satisfied.

    Nelson met with elected officials from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton Tuesday afternoon as part of a briefing tour. Nelson had visited Polk County earlier in the day and had later meetings in Live Oak and Monticello.