• The state Senate reapportionment committee has released its proposed reapportionment maps for Congressional and Florida Senate districts and the news for Levy is that it will no longer be divided into two congressional districts.

  • Family of the Year, to the Bergdolls: The Jason and Dara Bergdoll family, that includes Travis, Brett and Steven  Suharja, has been named Family of the Year by the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club.

  • The drawn-out 2010 audit for the city of Williston included several concerns to the city by its auditor back in October, and last week the council set a special meeting in January to deal with those issues.
    On Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., the city council will meet to pore over the letter and discuss how to find solutions to the problems the auditing firm of Purvis Gray & Company outlined.
    Some of those issues include utility billing, bulk power cost adjustment, gross receipts and sales tax payable and the airport fund.

  • Growing up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania, Robert Mitchell longed for adventure. On his 18th birthday, he thought he might have a way to satisfy the urge–he joined the Army.
    At the peak of the Vietnam War, he knew he would be sent overseas.
    And he was.
    To Italy.
    Instead of tearing through the jungles of Southeast Asia, Mitchell found himself  tearing up the rifle range as part of the Rifle and Pistol Team.
    Instead of jumping into foxholes, he instead jumped hurdles, competing against legendary track stars like Willie Davenport.

  • At least three men have thrown their hat in the ring to fill the city council post that is expected to be vacated Nov. 22 when Council President Marc Nussel resigns.
    In a letter to the council Nov. 8, Nussell announced his intent to void his post at Tuesday’s meeting. Council agreed then to accept applications through Nov. 28 and possibly fill the position Dec. 6.
    At press time Tuesday afternoon, the following had submitted applications:
    • Charles Goodman, a construction company owner who has lived in Williston four years.

  • Attendance may have been slightly off this year, but the enthusiasm and appreciation for this nation’s veterans did not wane, as the city of Williston paid tribute to the people who protect our freedoms.

    The evening began with the posting of the colors by the Williston JROTC, followed by the high school band performing a medley tribute to various branches of the military.

  • Royal French was ahead of the game in almost every aspect of his life.

    A collector of memorabilia, he chronicled the last 70 years of his life in four-inch binders–more than 80 of them.

    Programs, notes, photos, newspaper clippings–anything and everything someone  might need to do research was included.

    “He was a scrapbooker before it was cool,” his daughter, Debra French Jones said Tuesday.

  • A Levy County Sheriff’s lieutenant has been terminated following his arrest Friday on charges of taking a county employee captive at the home they once shared and attacking her.

  • If you’ve ever felt the urge to be a public servant but didn’t want to go through the hassle of a campaign and election, now may be your time.

    The Williston City Council will accept applications through Nov. 28 for anyone interested in sitting on the council. 

    The decision came Tuesday night on the heels of Council President Marc Nussel’s letter announcing his intent to resign his position effective Nov. 23.

  • With the upcoming 2011-2012 Red Devil Basketball season just around the corner, have you ever  wanted to know just what happened to Red Devil players from the past?
     Both the 2011–2012 Lady Red Devils and the Boys varsity teams will answer the challenge at the Williston Gym Saturday, Nov. 12.
    The Lady Red Devils game will start at 6 p.m. The boys will tip off  around 7:30 p.m..

  • INDIANAPOLIS- Members of the Williston Sr FFA Chapter in Florida were one of 41 teams participating in the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event (CDE).

  • Area veterans will be guests of honor at several events organized for them next week. Here’s a round up of where you can say “thanks” to those sworn to serve and protect.


    WES Salutes Veterans

  • A Williston man who tried to persuade a juror to vote not guilty for his friend on trial for drug charges is now sitting in the Levy County jail under a $250,000 bond.

    Robert Earl Patterson, 38, was arrested on Oct. 27 and charged with tampering with a juror after the juror told deputies Patterson came to her home and left his cell phone number for her to call. 

    When the juror’s mother called the phone number Patterson asked that the juror vote not guilty in the trial of Hermie McClendon and offered to buy her dinner and pay her. 

  • By Mike Capshaw


      Rallying from an early deficit, Chiefland Middle School’s football team scored a 36-20 win against Williston in Wayne Pridgeon Stadium.

    On third down and goal from the 3-yard line with time ticking away in the first half, Jarquez Williams completed the comeback with a touchdown run. He tacked on the two-point conversion to give the Braves (4-1) a 22-20 lead they would never relinquish with 19.9 second remaining in the half of the Thursday game.

  • Levy County Commissioner  Marsha Drew, of Yankeetown, will not seek election in 2012 to the District 3 seat to which she was appointed in March 2009. 

    "I had been debating it at length for some time," she said on Monday after a special commission meeting. She had announced she would not seek election at an Oct. 18 meeting of the Inglis-Yankeetown Republican Club. "It wasn't any one thing."  

  • Lt. Sean Mullins said it was sometime in 2006 when, as a member of the Community Relations Division for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, he was asked to come and speak to clients of the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens about matters of law, the types of things all people, as members of society, should be familiar with.

    “I had no idea what to expect,” Mullins said. “I gave a little speech, and they really appreciated it … I truly fell in love with them.”

  • Michael F. “Mike” Joyner has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to fill the District 1 Levy County Commission seat that has been vacant since Nov. 2, 2010.

    The seat was first vacated when then-Commissioner Tony Parker was indicted on federal bribery charges and suspended from office the day after his re-election on Nov. 4, 2008, by then-Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Joyner was an applicant for the open post at that time, but Crist appointed District 1 resident Chad “Cracker” Johnson in July 2009.