Local News

  • Williston audit confirms progress

    The city of Williston was commended for making progress in correcting the deficiencies pointed out in last year’s  annual audit.
    “It was a much more pleasurable audit this year,” Helen Painter told the city council last week. “This is a good team to get the city back on track.”
    Unlike last year when the audit was considerably late due to poor financial record keeping and the turnover at city hall, this year’s audit will only miss the deadline a few days and will show a city that is meeting the challenge.

  • Weather Update-Governor declares State of Emergency

    As a result of Tropical Storm Debby, an Executive Order of Emergency has been declared by Gov. Scott, which includes Levy County. The Board of County Commissioners for Levy County have also signed a Local Declaration of Emergency.

    The recent heavy rains have caused sinkholes to form, roads to flood and weakened the root systems on some of our trees, making them vulnerable to the winds. Drivers are cautioned to stay off of flooded roadways and be aware that roads could become obstructed with debris.

  • Group makes offer to run hospital

    Six health care professionals made an offer Monday to take over the operations of Williston’s Tri County Hospital.

  • Perkins Bank, Drummond Bank plan 2013 merger

     Levy County’s only locally owned banks — Drummond Community Bank in Chiefland and Perkins State Bank in Williston — have signed an agreement to merge in the first quarter of 2013.

  • Adios, Padre

    From the time he was five years old, Rodolfo Godinez  was wise beyond his years. It was at that tender age that he knew he was destined for the priesthood. And in the 45 plus years since, he never looked back once the decision was made.

  • Council terminates city manager contract

    Three weeks of mystery surrounding the sudden suspension of Williston’s city manager came to a conclusion Tuesday when the city council voted to terminate the contract of Pat Miller.

    Miller, who was hired in July 2011, was put on administrative leave with pay May 24. That suspension was renewed May 31, at which time council members, on the advice of their attorney,  elected to not comment on why Miller was sent home. The  matter was constantly referred to as “the issue.”

  • Have a safe and happy Independence Day
  • Kennedy seeks District 1 County Commisson seat

    Bronson native Jason Kennedy is running for the Levy County Commission, District 1 seat. His letter of announcement reads,
    “My name is Jason Kennedy, Republican, and I am your experienced candidate for Levy County Commissioner, District 1.
    “It has been some time since someone raised and living in District 1 has had the honor of serving his or her constituency.

  • Williston celebrates Independence Day

    The city of Williston will celebrate Independence Day Tuesday, July 3 starting with the Made in America parade at 5 p.m.
    This year’s grand marshal is Mimi Hale, owner of the Ivy House.
    Following the parade, the gates at Horseman’s Park will open at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m.
    JROTC members will serve as parking attendants and ask for a $2 donation.
    There will be food, rides, vendors and musical entertainment from local performers, including Javier Hernandez. The main attraction again this year is Ocala’s Shane Wooten.

  • Qualifying ends

    Qualifying for the 2012 local, state, congressional and senate primaries closed this week and several local and state candidates won re-election handily while others must overcome party primary opponents and, for some, general election opponents.
    Those returning to office without any opposition are: