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  • Breaking News

    Less than two weeks ago Felicia Fine, 22, married Charles Edwin Duke, 23.

    Wednesday night they argued at their home in Cedar Key.

    It ended when he shot her several times, dumped her body at a hunting camp, and took their roommate hostage for more than six hours in a standoff with deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    On Friday, his bond was set at $2 million.

  • Williston dismantles Newberry in second half

    Trailing the Newberry Panthers 14-7 at halftime, the Red Devils played a third quarter that totally took the Panthers out of their game on senior night for the Panthers.

    The Red Devils defense had back to back interceptions by Desmond Holmes and Kalen Penny and the Red Devil offense churned out one long run after another by Deonte Welch and DJ King, on their way to a 21 point third quarter and a 28-14 lead.

    Welch put the game out of reach for the Red Devils with his third touchdown of the night on a 2 yard run for a 35-21 Red Devil win.

  • Burial Monday for shooting victim

    Less than two weeks ago Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, married Charles Edwin Duke, 23.

    Wednesday night they argued at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

    It ended when he shot her several times, dumped her body at a hunting camp, and took their roommate hostage for more than six hours in a standoff with deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    On Monday at 2 p.m. she will be buried at Cedar Key Cemetery in Cedar Key in a service officiated by Brother Billy Philmon.

  • Hurricane IdaWind, rain to be main effects on Levy

    Emergency management officials are urging residents to closely monitor Hurricane Ida as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico and makes its way toward the Florida Panhandle.

    “All Floridians should take this storm seriously and not be caught off-guard over the next few days,” said Ruben D. Almaguer, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Residents across Florida are urged follow the progress of Ida and be prepared to implement their family disaster plans and heed local advisories.

  • Grants fund EOC facelift

    The Levy County Emergency Operations Center recently received much needed upgrades to its exterior, according to Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson.

    The project included new paint for the exterior of building, parking lot restriping and sealing, and landscaping. Just under $10,000 was spent on the improvements, Johnson said. The funding came from federal and state Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Grant monies that must be spent in the fiscal year they are awarded.

  • ER situation worries Levy officials

    The imminent closing of Alachua General Hospital has some Levy County officials worried.

    “I’m very concerned about the time it’s going to take to get a patient in. It’s going to make us wait longer to get a bed,” Trish Seibold, Levy County Emergency Management Services director, said in a phone interview on Oct. 23.

    Levy County EMS transports about 7,000 patients a year to emergency rooms located in several counties — with Alachua county hospitals being the most frequented, according to Seibold.

  • VPK prepares children; saves parents money

    It is expensive to raise your little bundle of joy, but the state of Florida has a program that helps save a pile of money.

    Voluntary Prekindergarten, commonly referred to as VPK, is a program funded by the state that gives four-year-olds free schooling, said Tonya Hiers, the program and client services manager for Dixie County, Gilchrist County and Levy County at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast. The coalition disburses the money and regulates the program.

  • Fall at the Derby

    The racing silks were flying. The horses were bridled and ready. The guests were meandering over the grounds. It was a clear night Saturday as Black Prong Equestrian Center welcomed hundreds of Haven Hospice supporters to Fall at the Derby.

    The autumn event is one of two major fund-raisers hosted by Haven Hospice annually, but the emphasis is always on “fun” rather than “fund.”

  • Halloween Happenings

    Trail of Treats

    Trail of Treats in the city of Williston will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m.

    Corn Maze

    A seven-acre field maze is waiting for you to lose yourself in it this Saturday, Oct. 31 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    The operation of the maze, located on the Fant Ranch, is sponsored by Levy County 4-Hee^clubs.

    Admission is $6 for children 8 years old to adult. Children 7 and under are admited free. Concessions will be available. Participants are advised to wear outdoor clothing and comfortable shoes.

  • Declining enrollment will cost schools

    School Board of Levy County Superintendent Bob Hastings said on Tuesday that the school district’s full-time enrollment decreased from last year by an estimated 96 students, raising concerns about a major source of revenue for the district.

    Speaking at the school board’s meeting, Hastings said that the loss of students would directly impact the amount of fund received by the state. The district also lost about 150 students from the previous school year.

    The estimated revenue loss is expected to be $1.75 million.