Today's News

  • Crime is down

    One thing is certain, crime is down in Florida, Levy County and all but one of its municipalities overall and that is good news considering the state of the economy.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report for 2009 was released several weeks ago and buried in the stack of figures is good news. Based on reports made by various agencies in Levy County the overall rate of crime dropped by 5.4 percent in 2009 when compared to 2008.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    Recently in Federal Court, the sheriff of Levy County, Johnny Smith, pleaded before Judge Mickle for a lenient sentence for convicted county commissioner Sammy Yearty, who had been guilty of taking bribes.

  • Community Happenings

    Thursday, May 27

    Tourist Development Council

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting, Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m. at 620 N Hathaway Ave., Bronson (Levy County Visitors Bureau Office).

    The meeting is open to the public.

    Tuesday, June 1

    Jazz Concert

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • Sean Thomas Wheeler, 30, of Pinellas Park was arrested in February for trafficking in Oxycodone, possession of a concealed weapon and counterfeit bills. Bond was $30,000.

    • Robert Edward Hughes, 20, of Bronson was arrested May 22 for armed robbery and aggravated assault. Bond was $30,000.

    • Julian Michael Carrozza, 31, of Bronson was charged May 21 with battery on a person over the age of 65. Bond was $25,000.

  • Banquet concludes baseball season

    It was the end to a season that saw the Williston Red Devil Boys Baseball team finish their season at 16-10 and 8-2 in the District.

    For the first time since 2003 the Red Devil Baseball team finished out of the State Playoff run after the regular season ended. The Red Devils suffered an unexpected upset in the District playoff ending their season.

  • Red Devils win weather-shortened Spring Classic

    The weather was perfect, a little warm, and a few clouds in the blue sky moving slowly over the football field as the Williston Spring Classic football game kicked off Friday night May 21 at Booster Stadium.

    The Red Devils trailed the Crystal River Pirates 7-0 as the first quarter ended, but had just began to make their comeback in the second quarter when the sky opened up.

    Just a few sprinkles began to fall at first and the Red Devils had put two touchdowns on the board to take a 14-7 lead.

  • Editorial

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Spring Hill), in one of her final acts as the U.S. Congressman for the 5th District of Florida, showed complete disrespect for the people who elected her.

    By manipulating the process, she took it upon herself to appoint her successor.

    We are deeply disappointed.

  • It's my anniversary

    A year ago last week I stepped into a long lineage of newspaper editors who, for the past 130 years, were dedicated to the people of Williston and the surrounding community.

    It was a daunting responsibility–just knowing that one day in the annals of history, my name would be included as editor of Levy County’s oldest newspaper. It was, and is, something I take seriously–and pridefully.

    Of all the towns and communities in Levy County, Williston was one I was not familiar with, ranking closely behind Inglis and Yankeetown.

  • WMS calls for parents of rising sixth graders

    Attention to Parents of Rising Sixth Graders:

    Williston Middle School is excitedly anticipating your child transitioning from fifth grade to sixth grade. Our desire is to make the transition a smooth one and positive academic growth and low anxiety. We believe the key to making this a reality for your child and your family includes having information about WMS and getting answers to your questions. To facilitate this we have scheduled the following dates of orientation:

  • City power users can now budget better

    The Williston city council devoted most of its Tuesday evening meeting to a discussion of utility rates and billing procedures, and much of it is good news for the consumer.

    Finance director Mary Barsenas told council that she had been working with Progress Energy (from whom the city gets its electrical power) to mitigate the spikes in the power adjustment that often result from abnormal cold or hot spells during the year. Adjustments charged to the city by Progress Energy are passed on monthly to the consumer.