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Today's News

  • Alumnus of the Year

    Alumnus, Blake Fugate began, is derived from the Latin word meaning to foster or nourish.

    The Levy County Schools Foundation’s 2019 Alumnus of the Year is an example of someone who was well fostered, Fugate said.

    The show of hands slowly decreased as Fugate asked a series of questions of Saturday’s guests at the Foundation’s Gala.

    “Did you graduate from Williston High School? Did your children? Did your parents?” And finally, “Did your grandparent attend the Williston Normal School in 1907?”

  • Common Core end puts Levy in 'limbo'

    By Suzette Cook

    Staff Writer

    An executive order delivered by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Jan. 31 leaves future textbook and classroom curriculum purchases for Levy County schools in limbo.

    Executive Order 19-32 outlines a path for Florida to “improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future,” states a press release from the governor’s office.

  • City will provide council computers, phones

    Councilman Charles Goodman isn't happy knowing that his personal computer could be requested – or subpoenaed – at any given time under Florida's Sunshine Law.

    That's because Goodman, a contractor, maintains his business information on a computer that's also used for city council correspondence and business.

    Two weeks ago, Goodman suggested the city provide computers to the council so personal business and city business don't co-mingle.

  • Residents critical of Bronson mayoral appointment

    By Deborah Goad

    Contributing Writer

    The Bronson Town Council drew criticism from citizens at a contentious meeting on Feb. 4 over what was perceived as an injustice against former Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts.

    Roberts, who was then the vice mayor, was not appointed as the town’s mayor after the recent resignation of Mayor Bruce Greenlee and Vice Mayor Katie Parks late last year.

  • Kimberly Morales had a passion for life

    Kimberly Morales loved to dance and spent most of her time perfecting the steps in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, Irish hard and soft shoe, acrobatic and salsa.

    Last Wednesday, Kimberly passed away following an ATV accident Jan. 20. She was 9 years old.

    She began dance lessons at Williston School of Dance and transferred this past fall to Gainesville Dance & Yoga. In addition to the variety of dances she studied, she also did yoga and musical theater.

  • City council continues to mull over event, parade coverage

    After a lengthy discussion last week, the Williston City Council remained torn on how to handle parades and special events, despite receiving a recommended policy and fee schedule from its city manager.

    The subject has been before the council for a month, after a December discussion where Police Chief Dennis Strow said it is becoming more difficult to get law enforcement volunteers for parade coverage.

  • Accident claims life of Morriston man

    A Morriston man was killed Jan. 22 when the truck he was driving overturned, hit a utility pole and ejected him on CR 337.

    Jacob Foxx, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Levy County paramedic.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Foxx was traveling south on CR 337 when he lost control of the 2003 GMC pickup. For unknown reasons, the truck ventured into the northbound lane and Foxx overcorrected.

    The truck traveled onto the shoulder of the road where he hit the utility pole.

    Foxx was not wearing a seatbelt. 

  • Heritage Park Improvements

    Last week's sunny skies provided a much needed opportunity for workers to begin – and finish – work in Heritage Park. Above, workers remove the sidewalk on Block 2 in order to straighten the dips and curves and make it wider in time for the Peanut Festival. 

  • Morriston man charged with manslaughter

    A Morriston man has been charged in the death of a 21-year-old woman following a head-on crash that happened in January 2018 on U.S. Hwy. 41.

    Jesse Aviles, 20, was charged with reckless driving, DUI/damage to property, DUI/bodily injury to another, homicide/negligent manslaughter – DUI/causing death to human or unborn child and homicide/negligent manslaughter – killing of human or unborn child with vehicle, a year after the accident that killed Catarina Matom Raymundo, 21, also of Morriston.

  • City gives hospital an 'or else' choice

    The lights are on at Regional General Hospital tonight – at least for now.

    After a 90-minute discussion and fact-finding mission Tuesday, the council voted 4-1, with Elihu Ross dissenting, to keep the electricity on but only if RGH adheres to a self-proposed payment plan through March.

    That plan calls for RGH to remit $5,000 every Friday through Feb. 22 when the payment increases to $15,000 weekly. Those payments continue through March and, when complete, will total about $75,000.