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Local News

  • Four Williston, Morriston teens injured in accident

    Four teens who were not wearing seat belts were seriously injured on Friday evening when the truck they were riding in went out of control and overturned on County Road 339A just past State Road 500.

  • Levy judgeships could be filled by appointment

    The planned retirements of three 8th Circuit judges by the end of this year means Levy County voters will not have the opportunity to choose their replacements.

    The timing of the retirements before their terms expire means Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for Sen. Mel Martinez’ seat in the 2010 elections, will appoint their replacements.

  • Drew taking aggressive approach to county budget

    Telling the Williston Rotary Club Tuesday that she hoped to bring a new perspective to the county budget process, Commissioner Marsha Drew said she liked to think outside the box.

    Drew, appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in March to fill a vacancy on the county commission, said her life experiences will enhance her term–whatever the length of it.

    “I understand what it means to walk in their shoes,” she said detailing 30 years of self-employment history that includes everything from wedding planner to plumber when she was building her house.

  • Church News

    Holy Family Fish Fry

    The Ladies Guild and Fellowship Ministry of Holy Family Catholic Church will hold a fish fry Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. The adult price is $7 and children’s plates are $4. Proceeds go toward community outreach.

    A door prize of a free meal to the next fish fry will be given away as well as an individual door prize.

    Wild Adventures Trip

    Destiny Church of God by Faith is planning a trip to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

  • We will not forget

    Beneath darkened skies where lightning danced in the distance and the cadence of the thunder kept time with the drums, more than 100 people came Sunday to Orange Hill Cemetery to remember veterans and their families during the 59th Annual Memorial Day Service.

    Veterans, young and old, paid homage to the fallen and gave thanks for their sacrifice.

    Civilians of all ages were on hand to show gratitude to the living, and to honor the dead.

  • Property values plummeting -for most

    If you heard a soft groan coming from city halls, town halls, and county and school offices it was to be expected.

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker released his office’s 2009 estimate of taxable values for regional, county and municipal governments.

    Barker, who at one time thought the decline in property values for the county would be about 7 percent, sent out his estimate showing it is down over 10 percent.

  • Yearty, Parker trial delayed until August

    Suspended Levy County Commissioners William “Sammy” Yearty and Robert “Tony” Parker will be tried separately from co-defendant Pamela Williams Blair and their federal corruption trial is delayed until Aug. 3.

    There’s been a flurry of motions filed in the past two months as Yearty, who is charged with conspiring and accepting bribes in the form of a gift card and a trip to New York City and then lying about it to the FBI, asked to have his and Parker’s trial severed from Blair’s trial on charges of lying to the FBI.

  • FUMC and Holy Family to present cantata June 6-7

    On June 6 and June 7 the adult choir at First United Methodist Church is again joining forces with Holy Family Catholic Church to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Several other area churches also have members in the group.

    The combined forces will present “I Can Only Imagine Heaven”, which is a work celebrating the joys of heaven. It also reminds us, once again, of the price Jesus paid to secure our heavenly home.

  • Church collecting goods for flood victims

    Morriston Baptist Church, through “Almost Heaven Mission” will collect supplies for flood victims pf Southeastern West Virginia through June 9. Items needed include water, non-perishable food and cleaning supplies. The church will deliver the supplies it collects in mid-June.

    You may drop off donations during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, call 528-4080.

  • Mining hearing delayed for now

    A June 16 public hearing on a mining application by the Levy County Commission has been put on hold until all the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted.

    The commission decided to delay the hearing on the recommendation after Development Director Rob Corbitt asked to hold them back because all the landowners have not signed off on the special exception permit application.