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Today's News

  • Voter suppression in Florida

    By Drollene Brown

    Guest Columnist

  • Community Happenings


    Friday, July 20

    Movie Night at
    Bronson Library
    Bronson Friends of the Library will host  Family Movie Night at the  Bronson Library  Friday, July 20. “Happy Feet” will be shown at 6:30 p.m.  There will be popcorn and juice.
    For more information, contact the library at 486-2015.

    Sunday, July 22

    Swilley Reunion

  • Let's play bingo

    If you think the objective for bingo is to get five numbers in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally, you are partially correct.
    At Williston Charity Bingo, there are about 14 different versions of the classic game you can play–and win.
    New owners Mike Salerno and Cathy Hoffman from Tampa took over the bingo hall April  1. The doors are open and managers Mike Brassbridge and Kari Baker are ready for some serious gaming to begin.

  • Suspect attempts escape through hospital ceiling

     A Williston man, arrested for distribution of obscene materials to a minor, attempted to escape custody by crawling through the ceiling at Tri County Hospital.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 6-7

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

    June 2, Kenneth Scott Adams, 43, Chiefland, failure to register motor vehicle. Bond $75.

    June 1, Zachary David Armlin, 18, Chiefland, dealing in stolen property, four counts burglary. Bond $50,000.

    June 3, Scott Alexander Arnold, 30, Chiefland, reckless driving. Bond $1,000.

    May 29, David Adam Bandt, 28, Archer, no valid DL.

    May 31, Rhonda Kay Blair, 49, Williston, two out of county warrants. Bond $40,000.

  • Town council told fire department merger could benefit Bronson

    A representative from Levy County Public Safety says Bronson could benefit from merging its fire department with the county's.

    In a public safety workshop Monday night in Bronson, county Public Safety Director David Knowles told the Bronson Town Council that merging fire departments would allow more firefighters and other resources to be available during emergencies.

    "It's not any kind of a hostile takeover," Knowles told council members. The county is trying to make the best use of limited resources, he said. 

  • Hastings seeks re-election as school superintendent

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings, a third generation educator in Levy County, has announced plans to seek re-election.

    Hastings taught vocational and academic classes at Chiefland and Bronson High Schools.  During that time he was an FFA Advisor, football, baseball, track and weight lifting coach.  Hastings assumed many other school duties, too many to enumerate.  For the following 19 years he served as administrator/principal for Bronson Middle/High, Cedar Key, Williston High and Chiefland High Schools.

  • Financial Struggle

    When Jerry Gillman bought Williston’s Nature Coast Hospital in September 2010, he knew he had his work cut out for him.

    Right off the bat, the new owner learned there were 10-12 serious AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) violations hanging over the 40-bed hospital. Within two months, those violations were corrected and Gillman thought he was ready to turn the struggling facility into a viable community asset.

  • County says no to water ordinance

    Residents considering violating the water restrictions that kick in on june 13 should take into consideration they could face arrest and if found prosecuted and guilty, a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.

    It could have been a simple case of getting a citation, like a traffic ticket, and paying a $25 fine, but the Levy County Commission decided Tuesday by a 4-1 vote it would not pursue passing an ordinance lowering the penalty. In voting no, Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) in effect voted for lowering the penalty.

  • Grant brings cities, county new connections

    It’s a fact of life in Levy County, Williston has it’s own communications system and a “bridge” is needed to keep the city’s police force in touch with the Sheriff’s Office. It’s similar in Inglis where the town on the border with Citrus County must use a “bridge” to reach out to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate events like drug busts and chases.