Today's News

  • Police Officer/Firefighter of the Year


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  • Chamber names Businesses of the Year

    It was a salute to the U.S. of A. and all of her 50 states Saturday evening as the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Banquet and Installation of Officers.

    Revolving around the theme, "My America!", chamber members and their guests donned the red, white and blue, or outfits that paid tribute to the lands of their birth during the evening that honored the Chamber's 2018 Businesses of the Year.

    Turning Point Fitness was named New Business of the Year, signifying a business that has been in operation three years or less.

  • Dunnellon pastor throws hat in ring for state representative

    By Jeff Bryan


    Russ Randall has worn numerous hats, but come November 2020, if it’s God’s will, he says, he’ll add another one to the rack: that being state representative.

  • Williston's Joe Harding to run for Florida House of Representatives

    Joe Harding, a conservative Republican, has become the second candidate to file for the Florida House of Representatives in District 22.

    Harding, a seventh generation Floridian who was born and reared in Williston, is a local business owner.

    The seat is currently held by Rep. Charlie Stone, who will not be seeking reelection in 2020 due to term limits.

  • 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?”

  • Montbrook fossil dig will go down as one of Florida's largest

    Towering pine trees line a long dirt road that’s often dotted with a random grazing cow. Occasionally a squirrel or bird makes an unexpected appearance.

    The picturesque drive, one of the thousands in Montbrook, leads to a land that time forgot. Until 2015.

  • The silence of our friends

    Martin Luther King: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” (The Trumpet of Conscience, Steeler Lecture, 1967)

    A colleague once asked me to write a letter of reference for her. She was anticipating a move from her current job.

    To be honest, which is more than I was with her, there was not much positive I was able to say about her. We disagreed about a lot of things, and working with her was stressful.

  • It's all in a Gram's life

    When I walked in the door of my house at 9 p.m. Aug. 28, it was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other.

    After being on the road for over eight hours, exhaustion overtook me and I barely mustered a decent hello to the hubs.

    For the past week, I'd been in North Georgia playing Florence Nightingale to Number Two granddaughter, Piper, who was recuperating from a tonsillectomy.

    But the story begins before that.

  • Happenings


    Bronson Book Club

    The “Best of the Best Book Club” is now forming at the Bronson Public Library.

    You choose your favorites and share your insights. There’s no pressure to “finish” your book. Life happens. Relax, read, rehash, and rediscover the classics among new friends.

    The club is open to the first 10 people and will meet Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bronson Public Library, 600 Gilbert St., Bronson.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Sept. 5, Jennifer Renee Allen, 44, Bell, VOP.

    • Sept. 7, Tonya Michelle Andrews, 45, Ocala, DWLS – habitual. Bond $5,000.

    • Sept. 8, Krystal Lynnette Beall, 35, Cross City, obstruction W/OV, disorderly intoxication.

    • Sept. 6, Calvin Jerome Bennett, 26, Venice, FTA. Bond $4,000.

    • Sept. 5, Maracite Nuvoe Bennett, 28, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $1,000.