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Today's News

  • County offices to be filled Aug. 30

    It's a funny thing, but usually candidates for local office square off in a party primary and then face their opponents in the other party in the general election. 

    Not so this year in Levy County where the Republican Party is dominating local elections and the Democratic Party candidates are nonexistent.

  • County still looking for DPS chief

    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall, the No. 1 ranked choice for director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, has turned down the job offer and the county is now in negotiations with their No. 2 ranked candidate, James Mitchell "Mitch" Harrell, emergency operations chief for the Gilchrist County Department of Public Safety.

  • Williston overpays into pension funds

    If times get hard in Williston, city workers will be glad to know their future pensions won't suffer.

    Over many years, the city has contributed more than it needed to into its employees' pension funds – to the tune of $380,000.

    The overpayment is by no means the fault of the city's management, said Paul Shamoun of the Florida League of Cities, when he addressed the council last week.

  • Accidents mar Saturday

    Three separate accidents Saturday left one Williston woman dead, three people in critical condition and four people seriously hurt.

    Suzanne M. Barrett, 47, died following an accident that occurred Saturday at 8:10 p.m. on U.S. 27A and 140th Court.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Barrett, driving a 2001 SUV, was traveling east on 140th Court.

  • Local candidates agree – and disagree

    Saturday’s candidate forum, sponsored by Williston AARP Chapter 912 and Citizens for an Engaged Electorate, drew several questions and raised many more that were left unanswered due to time constraints.

    What follows are the paraphrased questions and answers.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Q: What changes to standards, curriculum and testing do you support?

  • Candidates answer first round of questions

    The first of four candidate forums began with a resounding message from Tammy Jones, Supervisor of Elections.

    Aug. 30 is THE election.

    Because only Republican candidates are vying for county races, winners will be decided when Levy County voters head to the polls in a month.

    That means when registered Democrats get their ballots in August, there will be Republican candidates on it, Jones said, despite the fact this is a primary election.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • July 12, Kyle Bryan Bell, 21, Archer, two counts VOP.

    • July 12, Chuck Best, 46, Old Town, DUI. ROR.

    • July 13, Wilbur Dwight Bilyou, 34, Williston, possession of cocaine, out of county warrant.

    • July 12, Sylvia Chisolm, 32, Fanning Springs, non support of children or spouse.

  • Maguire keeps stock car racing’s heyday alive

     By Sean Arnold

    Walking into Rick Maguire’s office at Maguire’s Auto Repair in Williston feels a little bit like visiting a wing of a Florida stock car racing museum.

    Among a strew of typical auto shop items, there are framed photos of renowned drivers, like Bobby Allison, as well as a personal collection of photos documenting Maguire’s and his late father’s racing past.

  • Thank goodness for Mississippi

    Ever since I wrote the column about the Mississippi Roast and The Carnivore things have been changing at Herding Cats Ranch. 

    Shortly after the roast debuted, The Carnivore told me to put together a French toast casserole, store it in the fridge, get a good night’s sleep and pull out my work boots, ‘ cause I was gonna need them.

    He meant that literally and figuratively. 

  • Pride begins at city hall

    If leadership begins at the top, then the drive to make Williston a more attractive city must begin at city hall.

    Civic groups and individuals alike have picked up the gauntlet to clean up Williston. Two of the city council's appointed committees, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement have put in countless hours to make Williston better, prettier.

    And what has the council and staff done to beautify its own property?