Local News

  • Honoring patriots on Patriot Day

    It’s been almost three years since Rick Fabiani first told the Williston Rotary Club about a dream to build a Fisher House in Gainesville.
    Tuesday, he returned to the club and said that dream will become reality when a groundbreaking ceremony is held Sept. 25.
    A Fisher House, paid for by private funds but located on Veterans Administration property, provides free accommodations,  giving veterans and their families a home away from home during treatment or rehab.

  • Bronson teen cleared in battery cas

    State prosecutors say they will not pursue charges against an 18-year-old Bronson man arrested in June for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon who said he was defending his home.

    “Nobody’s been charged in the case,” said chief investigator and spokesperson for the state attorney’s office of the 8th judicial circuit court Spencer Mann.

  • No trick

    If a stay of execution isn’t soon delivered, a longtime Williston tradition will die.

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the the Trail of Treats, has elected not to oversee the event this year, citing ever growing safety concerns.

    What began more than a dozen years ago as a way of promoting both downtown merchants and a safe place for trick or treating, has now mushroomed to more than 3,000 participants–most from outside the city.

  • Morriston couple killed in plane crash

    A Morriston couple was killed Thursday when their experimental aircraft crashed into a field in Marion County.

    Gilbert Jennings, 53, and Catherine Jennings, 50, were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The plane and its two occupants flew out of northwest Ocala  around 4 p.m. Their final destination was another airfield in Marion County.  When the plane did not arrive to its designated landing area, family members became concerned and called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office around 8 p.m. 

  • Ride to Provide set for Oct. 20

    The seventh annual motorcycle fund-raiser, Ride to Provide, will be held  Oct. 20 at Bronson High School.
    On-site registration begins at 7:30  a.m. with free coffee and doughnuts. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.
    Participants  are encouraged to pre-register online at www.ridetoprovide.net.

  • Budget, not people, reduced

    City personnel will not lose their jobs as a result of the budget cuts, requested by the city council three weeks ago.
    At the first budget hearing of the season in July,  Interim City Manager Oel Wingo was given the task of developing a budget that showed savings and reducing the millage rate.
    Last Thursday she did  just that–and no jobs were lost.
    Councilor Jason Cason stated it again to ensure that everyone was clear on the matter.

  • Levy in ‘wait and see’ mode as TS Isaac nears

    Tropical Storm Isaac is gaining momentum in the Caribbean but just what its impact will be on Levy County is still up in the air.

    Friday afternoon Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson met with city and county leaders at the EMOC office in Bronson to update the storm’s status and initialize the county’s plan in the event Levy is impacted. All cities and towns were represented at the meeting except Chiefland.

    Currently, the storm could reach Category I hurricane status at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.

  • Commodity distribution cancelled

    The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville has informed the Levy County Extension Service and other groups that all commodities’ distributions are cancelled until further notice. 

    Debbie Talbot, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a phone interview on Tuesday, “The USDA commodities distribution has been cut a lot lately.”

    She said the food is excess production that the U.S. Department of Agriculture buys from producers and distributes to groups to use in feeding those in need.

  • WMS receives another ‘A’ rating

    Williston Middle School faculty and staff returned to work Aug. 8, greeted by this sign, congratulating them for maintaining their Grade “A” status for another year. 

    Despite hundreds of schools locally and state-wide  that saw their grades drop due to changes in the state grading scale, more rigorous requirements and higher cut scores on the FCAT tests, WMS maintained their “A” status for the fifth year in a row, and have in fact, received this award for six of the last seven years. 

  • Step up to the plate

    Are Williston and the surrounding communities up for a challenge? The gauntlet has been thrown and here’s what the challenger has to say:

    “Hello,  Williston, my name is Mackenzie Henderson. I am the current Alachua County Queen of Hearts with the Miss Heart of the USA Pageant Program.