Today's News

  • Reception for the Mayor April 5

    The city of Williston will host a retirement reception for Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church.

  • Rotary Club Egg Hunt

    The Rotary Club of Williston will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt and complimentary hotdog lunch at the John Henry Celebration Park this Saturday, March 31.

    Festivities kick off at 10:30 a.m., lunch served at 11 a.m. followed by the Easter Egg Hunt. Children ages 11 and under are invited to participate in the fun.   

  • With storm season nearing, now's the time to start preparing

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    As Florida springs forward and gets closer to the summer season, hurricane and tropical storm preparedness should always be a top priority. The official season starts June 1, and with the events of Hurricane Irma still in many Levy County residents' rearview mirror, here are some facts and tips to assure that you are prepared for the upcoming season.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • March 14, Duncan Ryan Anderson, 28, Williston, hit and run, DWLS.

    • March 18, Dejean Alfredo Baker II, 35, Alachua, DUI.

    • March 14, Chastity Ball, 41, Gainesville, VOP.

    • March 18, William Brehm, 52, Chiefland, DUI. Bond $2,500.

    • March 15, Andy Raul Carrillo, 39, Bushnell, aggravated assault, battery, criminal mischief. Bond $105,000.

  • Creature of habit

    No exaggeration, I get close to 400 emails daily through the editor address; another 200 in my main personal account. With over 600 emails each day, I often overlook something or file something in a trash folder that's not really garbage.

    Monday morning as I sifted through the 1,200 work emails since Friday, the above graphic caught my eye and rather than send it automatically to trash, I read it.

  • Business of the Month

    Regional General Hospital was selected Business of the Month for March by the Williston Chamber of Commerce. The hospital was chosen for its outdoor improved aesthetics and its continued involvement with the Chamber and the community. From left, Chamber President Marc Pompeo, hospital administators, Tillman and Edith Mears and Chamber Director Crystal Curl.

  • Happenings


    FOWL Book Sale

    The Friends of the Williston Library will hold its spring book sale Saturday, March 24 between 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    There will also be a table of non-book treasures.

    AL Pig Roast

    The Sons of the American Legion Post 236 will host a pig roast and membership drive Sunday, March 25 beginning at 2 p.m. to commemorate Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day later in the week on March 29.

    Veterans will eat free and all others will pay $8 per plate.

    The post is located at 9550 Alt. 27, Bronson.

  • Hethcoat honored for public service

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Outgoing Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat was celebrated Tuesday, March 20, by the Levy County Commission for his public service and leadership.

     Several commissioners, led by former Williston City Councilman and current County Commissioner Matt Brooks, who counts Heathcoat as an important mentor in his life, described their appreciation for the former mayor’s work.

  • Torando watch in effect until 10 p.m. April 15
  • Classmates reunite after 72 years

    Time and distance often separate high school classmates and though reunions may be held, it’s almost a guarantee that not everyone who walked with you that evening will attend.

    The New Berlin Central High School in Upstate New York, and near Cooperstown, graduated 21 seniors in 1946. Last week two of those graduates got reacquainted over lunch at the Ivy House. It was the first time they’d seen each other since graduation, almost 72 years ago..