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Today's News

  • Williston woman dies in sheriff's custody

     A Williston woman, arrested Sept. 12 on multiple charges, was found dead in her cell in the early morning hours of Sept. 15.

    Megan R. Downing was housed in the medical department of the Levy County Detention Center and was under constant video monitoring, according to a press release issued by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The staff did not notice any unusal occurrences during the night, the release stated and found Downing, 37, dead at 4:15 a.m.

  • Williston budget, millage hearing is Tuesday

    The Williston City Council will give its residents one more opportunity to address the proposed millage/tax increase for 2018-2019 at a public hearing at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

    The council is proposing an approximate 10 percent increase in its millage rate, from 5.8627 mills to 6.25 mills.

    The proposed increase marks the first millage rate increase in several years for the city.

    Likewise, the next fiscal year budget is about 7. 1 percent higher than the current year.

  • Donations rack up for schools foundation

    The Levy Schools Foundation recently received two large checks from corporate sponsors that will help it continue its commitment to boost the educational experience for everyone from teachers to students and their families.

    Duke Energy donated $10,000 to the foundation and Capital City Bank contributed $7,500. Monies from the foundation provide classroom grants, program enrichment and college scholarships.

    Each year the foundation also hosts its Beast Feast as one of its major fundraisers.

  • Sweet treats wanted

    The GWFC Williston Junior Woman's Club will host a Sweet Treats contest for the 30th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival Saturday, Oct. 6.

    Drop off your entry between 9-10 a.m. the morning of the festival. The winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m.

    Bring your sweet treat, which must include peanuts as an ingredient, $5 entry free and the entry form to their tent, near the pavilion.

    For more information, contact Erin Williams at erinkwilliams@yahoo.com.

  • Solid waste assessment approved

    By Lori Prevatt

    Contributing Writer

    With the setting of annual assessment rates on the docket, the Levy Board of County Commissioners held a four-hour public hearing Sept. 6 with approximately 30 Levy residents in attendance.

    After receiving feedback from many in attendance, the board passed a new rate for Solid Waste that shifts the burden of costs from user tipping fees to a $116 assessment fee.

    Fire Protection Services and EMS assessments also saw an increase in their respective rates.

    Fire Protection was first on the agenda.

  • Council strives to be competitive to retain workers

    Looking into the faces of the people who keep the city running, listening to their stories for better wages and hearing some are on public assistance was all it took for Councilwoman Nancy Wininger to flip her vote Tuesday night to support a pay increase that will bring all Williston employees above the poverty level of $25,000.

    Prior to the first public hearing for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, Wininger told council that unless she heard a compelling reason to change her mind, she could not support pay increases that would cost the city a little over $194,000.

  • Pedestrian killed near Bronson

    The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating a traffic crash involving a pedestrian and an unknown vehicle on CR 337 in the area of NE 112th Place.

    The pedestrian, identified as David Cabral, 26, of Bronson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the FHP Communications Center at 1-800-387-1290 or Crime Stoppers of Levy County at 1-877-349-8477. 

  • PA charged with grand theft

    A Williston physician’s assistant was arrested last week following an embezzlement investigation by the Williston Police Department.

    James Eldon Long Sr., 67, of Morriston, who was employed with Williston Rural Health and Wellness Clinic, was charged with grand theft Aug. 2.

    The arrest came on the heels of the investigation that began July 17 when the police were contacted by one of the owners of the clinic who reported an embezzlement of clinic funds.

  • Teens charged with trespassing, burglary

    Three Williston teenagers, found in an abandoned home, were arrested July 27 and charged with trespassing and burglary.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff's Office, investigators were sent to a home following a trespassing complaint. The investigators were familiar with the abandoned property due to recovering six stolen firearms at the location in June.

    The sheriff's office said the home is often used by local criminals to hang out, hide stolen property and sell drugs.

  • Pair confess to 2017 armed robberies

    One suspect is serving a 20-year prison sentence while another awaits his day in court for a series of gas station robberies that occurred last year.

    The cases date back to July 15, 2017 when a masked gunman entered the Williston Corner Market on Noble Avenue and demanded money.

    Ten days later on July 25, the Sunoco Station, also on Noble Avenue, was also held up by a masked gunman, but this time a witness detailed to the Williston Police Department a getaway car.