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  • House destroyed by fire

    Hidden behind the blowing trees in a driving rain, this house at 20581 N.E. Highway 318 burned last Friday. "We're not sure how it started. When we arrived the flames were through the roof," said Williston Chief Lamar Stegall. "It was a new experience. I've never fought a fire before in 40 mph winds and rain blowing sideways." The Williston firefighters were assisted by units from Bronson and Morriston. Below, the overall scene near the intersection of 318 and U.S. 27.

  • Incumbents rule in Levy elections

    It was a good day for incumbents in Tuesday's primary as three won re-election and others won their party's nomination for the November election.

    Almost one-third of the county's registered voters, 8,216 out of 25,070, cast ballots in the primary. All results are unofficial.

    While it was a primary to determine the nominees for the November general elections, three races were being decided as the Republican Party did not mount opposition for the Democrats.

  • Levy incumbents all victorious

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    It was a good day for incumbents in Tuesday's primary as three won re-election and others won their party's nomination for the November election.

    Almost one-third of the county's registered voters, 8,216 out of 25,070, cast ballots in the primary. All results are unofficial. While it was a primary to determine the nominees for the November general elections, three races were being decided as the Republican Party did not mount have any candidates to oppose the Democrats.

  • Schools closed Friday

    All public schools in Levy County will be closed on Friday, Aug. 22, according to an announcement on the School Board Web site, because of Tropical Storm Fay.

  • Comp plan presented to city

    The Aug. 19 meeting of Williston's City Council consisted largely of planning and housekeeping items.

    The annual modifications to the city's comprehensive plan were presented to the council. This exercise is undertaken each year during the budgeting period. The changes reflect projects undertaken or completed during the previous year and changes in projections for future activity.

  • Which local candidates can you vote for on Aug. 26?

    Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 26. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Fay lingers on East Coast

    TROPICAL STORM FAY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 23A

    NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL062008

    800 AM EDT THU AUG 21 2008

    ...FAY BARELY MOVING...

    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FORT PIERCE FLORIDA

    NORTHWARD TO THE SAVANNAH RIVER AT THE BORDER BETWEEN GEORGIA AND

    SOUTH CAROLINA.

    FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE

    INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED

    BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

    AT 800 AM EDT...1200Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FAY WAS LOCATED

  • Too wet for wet day

    Saturday morning's "Wet the Kids" day at Johnny T. Henry Celebration Park was postponed because of rain.

    It will be held this coming Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.

  • Task force cracks down on drugs

    A 26-year-old Williston resident was arrested last week and charged with four counts of possession of crack cocaine and four counts of sale of crack cocaine.

    Demetris A. Wallace of 21370 N.E. 38th Place, was charged after the Levy County Drug Task Force used a confidential source to allegedly make four drug buys, on April 17, April 18, May 1 and May 29th. Three of the buys were at the 38th Place address, while the other was at 21431 N.E. 35th St.

    A total of $550 changed hands, according to a release from the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Total bond was $90,000.

  • Residents get car seat help

    Is your child really safe in the car? Car crashes remain the number one killer of children ages 3-14 in the United States (source NHTSA). In 2005, 1,946 children ages 14 and under died and an estimated 234,000 were injured in crashes. In Levy county - 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly. Safe Kids is trying to make a difference and reduce those fatalities and injuries, states Debora Regan, director of Safe Kids North Central Florida. "What we want to do is educate the parents and caregivers and get those car seats installed correctly.