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  • It was a sweet day for Levy 4-Hers

    The four judges took about an hour to make it from one end of the room to the other.  Slowly they moved, slicing little layered cubes of spongy bread and icing from cakes that resembled miniature farms, exotic landscapes and football fields.
    “There’s some inconsistency in this cake,” one judge said.  “One part of it is breaking up. One part is really moist.”
    “It may be a mixing issue,” another said, jotting notes on a form.
    “It’s too moist,” the first reiterated.

  • Bride’s murder means life sentence for groom

    A jury took three hours to decide that newlywed Felicia Fine’s death was premeditated 1st degree murder by her husband, Charles Edwin Duke, 24, condemning him to spend the rest of his life in state prison.
    The decision on Friday, Oct. 29, came two weeks after what would have been their first wedding anniversary and 358 days after Duke fired one shot from a single-shot .45 caliber handgun into Fine’s head at the Rosewood home the couple shared with Duke’s friend Justin White.

  • Army is way for two to see the world

    Two Williston natives are capitalizing on what the Army can do for them as they, in turn, ponder what they can do for the Army.
    Deonte White and Robert L. Mozell Jr. are home on leave this week after enlisting to serve in the U.S. Army.
    White, the son of Kursey Carngie and grandson of Carl Carnegie, did his basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla. and will be stationed next in Georgia at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, His job is logistics.

  • Hospital gets new owner; major overall under way

    For the third time in 18 months the hospital in Williston is under new management, but this time it’s going to stick, says new owner and CEO Jerry Gillman.
    With 40 years under his belt in hospital administration, Gillman knew when he first considered buying the hospital he would have his work cut out for him.
    Never was anything more true, he said, because when he came on as a consultant in June, he discovered their were 10-12 serious AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) violations hanging over the 40-bed hospital.

  • Veterans will take center stage next week

    Veterans will be honored at a series of events starting with Williston Elementary School Tuesday and culminating with the Levy County Veterans Day Parade in Chiefland Saturday.
    In Williston, the annual salute to the men and women of the armed forces is slated for Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6 p .m.
    Choose one, or choose all but if you like your freedom, thank a veteran.
    Tuesday, Nov. 9
    WES

  • R. Bell, Johnson take BOCC positions

    Voter dissatisfaction has led to a tidal shift in Levy County politics as the Board of County Commissioners has two firsts: Republicans elected to the board and a majority of seats in Republican hands.
    Republicans Ryan Bell and Chad “Cracker” Johnson, both of Chiefland, defeated their Democrat incumbents.

  • Guardian Angels to the rescue

    More than 52 million people in this country are disabled–either emotionally, mentally or physically–and most can benefit from skilled companions to assist them.
    That’s where the Guardian Angels come in.
    The non-profit organization, located in Williston, trains German shepherd service dogs that are utilized across the country and owner/operator/trainer Carol Borden wants people to know that they, too, can help.

  • Voters head to the polls

    The choice of who will lead Levy County, the state of Florida and the U.S. Congress all comes down to one person on Tuesday: the voter.

    Balloting will take place in 14 polling locations among the county’s 20 precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Levy County as voters across the nation go to the polls to cast their ballots in the mid-term elections.

    Early voting is underway at the Supervisor of Elections office at 421 S. Court St, Bronson from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Saturday.

  • $51.935 million in bonds set aside for Tri County Hospital

    The proposed Tri-County Hospital for Chiefland has won almost $52 million of the $70 million in economic stimulus bond money it requested from the state’s pool of federal Economic Recovery Zone Bonds approved by Congress in 2009.
    The Levy County Board of Commissioners was notified on Oct. 21 by the state Division of Bond Finance that it will receive $51.935 million of the bond money. And as more money comes into the bond pool ó returned by municipalities and county governments that cannot or are unable to use the money-more will flow to the hospital.

  • Truck bypass may come to Williston

    Improvements planned for County Road 316 between U.S. Highway 41/State Road 25 and U.S. Highway 27A/State Road 500 could mean fewer trucks in front of Williston High School and through the downtown business district.
    The Levy County Commission has approved a deal with the Florida Transportation Department for the widening and resurfacing of CR316 at its Oct.19 meeting for $1,600,002. The state Department of Transportation would pony up $800,001 for the project under the County Incentive Grant Program.