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  • Three charged in drug bust

    Three Williston residents were arrested May 4 and charged with various drug-related offenses.

    On April 18, the victims reported to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Williston, the theft of a Glock .40 caliber pistol and a North American Arms .22 magnum revolver.

    On May 4 Detective Tom Martin obtained a search warrant at 17091 NE 40 St.,

    Williston, which led to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Task Force arresting Marvin E. Cooper, 22; Leslie Reese Thompson, 20 and Ronald Glenn, 37.

  • Miss Florida will be in Williston

    Rachael Todd, Miss Florida 2009 will make a guest appearance Saturday at the Williston School of Dance.

  • Be counted

    It's deadline time for getting those Census forms back in the mail and it's worth a lot of money to every person in Levy County.

    For each warm body that is counted, it's estimated that Levy County will receive about $3,600 annually from the federal government for the next 10 years. That's because Census numbers determine how $400 billion in federal money is distributed.

    The 2010 Sunshine Census, the state's effort in getting an accurate count, has launched the “My Community Counts: Do Your Part.”

  • Money to go for recreation

    Levy County children who do not participate in athletic leagues but join in recreation programs will be the beneficiaries of a change in the county’s recreation funds policy.

    The County Board of County Commissioners approved the policy change to allow the $60,000 annual budget — $12,000 per commissioner, to be spent on more than athletic activities by a 3-1 vote. Commission Chair Nancy Bell cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Marsha Drew, who initiated discussion several months ago to change the policy, was absent from Tuesday’s meeting due to illness.

  • National Day of Prayer Observances

    The National Day of Prayer events are scheduled on the first Thursday in May usually at the flag poles of government buildings.

    A group will meet at the Levy County Courthouse at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 6 to circle the flag pole.   Bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas.

    If you have any questions, contact Juanita at (352)339-0747, president of Christian Coalition of North Central Florida.

    People in the Williston community will gather Thursday, May 6 at noon at the city pavilion in Heritage Park to observe National Day of Prayer.

     

  • Levy County added to Florida’s State of Emergency

    By executive order, Governor Charlie Crist added 13 counties this morning to the original six included in Florida’s State of Emergency due to the Deepwater Horizon Incident.

    The coastal counties of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota join already declared Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf.

  • Yearty sentenced to federal prison

    Third-generation County Commissioner Sammy Yearty was ordered to serve 33 months in federal prison followed by three years probation and pay $10,300 in fines for soliciting and accepting a part of a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer and lying to the FBI about it. Yearty, who has held office since being appointed in 1978 by then-Gov. Reubin Askew, was sentenced on Monday afternoon in Gainesville by federal District Chief Judge Stephan P.

  • Lady Red Devils win
  • SUV collides with moving train

    An SUV carrying three adults and six children collided with the lead engine of a northbound freight train Sunday in Morriston.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2001 Lincoln Navigator driven by Eugenio Artero, 50, of Williston was traveling west on CR 464-east of US. Hwy. 41 and failed to yield to the train at an activated warning railroad crossing.

    The Navigator was occupied by three adults and six children all from Williston.

  • Gingrich aide gives Levy GOP ‘red-meat’ speech

    Rick Tyler, spokesman for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and co-counder of ReAL — Renewing American Leadership, said he felt a little intimidated to be speaking to a group whose last speaker was U.S. Senate Candidate Marco Rubio.

    Tyler spoke to the annual Lincoln-Reagan Memorial Dinner, hosted by the Levy County Republican Executive Committee, on April 23 in Chiefland. About 80 people attended the dinner.