Local News

  • Williston hospital late on bills

    Williston Regional General Hospital CEO Dr. Devaiah "Dr. P" Pagidipati told Williston City Council members Tuesday that for the last two years he has spent almost $6 million out of his own pocket to cover indigent care.

    The doctor's comment came on the heels of comments by his spokesman, Joey Lander, who first presented the council with checks for back bills for city-owned utility services, and then went on to detail the daunting task the hospital has faced with old debts from previous owners that are compounded by the current management's bills.

  • FWC continues search for boater

    The search for the boater missing near Cedar Key continues on after the Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday morning and handed recovery efforts over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    According to a press release, Gilbert Valdes, 54, from Eldersburg, Md. was reported missing Friday night, along with his brother, Garrick Valdes, 50, from Locust Grove, Va. and friend Bruce Smith from Alachua. The Coast Guard rescued Garrick Valdes and Smith from their capsized 23-foot boat Saturday morning.

  • Flying high for Memorial Day


    Ceremonies have moved this year from the Cedar Key Cemetery to City Park on Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m. Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner is the speaker at the ceremony. Ivan Chubb, veterans representative and a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, is organizing the event. The honor guard from AMVETS 444 in Williston will participate.


  • Messy park users to pay

    The Town of Bronson has been a little concerned over the condition of the public park after private parties are held there. As a result, town officials have approved a resolution to charge a deposit of $50 for use of the park and pavilion area. The deposit will be returned to those using the space if the park is left clean when they are finished.

    "It's not a charge, just a deposit, completely recoverable," Mayor Bruce Greenlee said.

  • City park plans shaping up

    It has long been a part of the city's Vision Plan, but somehow a city park on property the city owns across from the Trailhead/Old Depot Park has been a No. 1 goal.

    Until now.

    In a series of meetings held last year as part of the Competitive Partnership with the state Department of Economic Opportunity, city residents said they still wanted a park, a place where they could hold festivals, have a farmers market, and a stage for concerts and other activities. And they said they would like a place for children to enjoy the park.

  • Fanning Springs hires new city attorney

    Fanning Springs has signed a contract with a new attorney.

    The city has contracted with Dell Graham out of Gainesville with David Delaney and Jamie White representing the company.

    At a previous city council meeting, attorneys interested in the job were invited to speak to the council and the council tentatively decided to go with Dell Graham giving Chairman Paul Chase the authority to negotiate the fees. The outcome was presented to the council at the May 10 meeting for a final decision.

  • Dangerous dog rule updated

    An increase in the serious threat of unprovoked dog attacks involving residents, domestic animals and livestock has prompted the Levy County Commission to update its dangerous dog ordinance and revive an animal services panel to hear appeals of dogs deemed dangerous.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, May 17

    The Levy County Commission will meet in regular session on Tuesday, May 17, at 9 a.m.

    The board meets in the commission meeting room at the Levy County Courthouse on South Court Street in Bronson. 

    Among the items on the agenda is a proclamation honoring the Chiefland Lady Indians softball team which won its third-in-a-row 1A State Championship. 

  • Newberry man dies in crash on CR 345

    A Newberry man died when the 2005 Toyota Tacoma he was driving crashed on Thursday, May 12, at about noon on County Road 345, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    James Frank Hope, 77, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Hope was driving northbound on the road when his vehicle crossed into the southbound lane continuing on to the grass shoulder and colliding with a power pole and a wire fence. The vehicle rotated and overturned, hitting three threes before stopping on its left side.

  • No injuries in school bus fender bender

    No one was injured — including seven children — when a Levy County school bus was hit y a 2015 Nissan Versa on State Road 24 past County Road 32 in Bronson on Friday at about 7:50 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Sabrina A. Yeager, 30, who was cited for careless driving, said the sun's glare off the rear of the bus temporarily blinded her making it impossible to see the brake lights or turn signal on the bus as she tried to pass it while the bus driver, stopped then made a left-hand turn into Imagination Learning Station.