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Today's News

  • Monument plans move forward

    Now that a date has been set to dedicate the veterans' memorial in Williston's Heritage Park, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) knows it's under the gun to get the ceremony planned.

    "The onus is on us to coordinate," CRA Chairman Kenneth Schwiebert said to his board Monday night. In addition to sending invitations to state dignitaries, there's also a lot of pre-planning to do before the May 19 day arrives.

  • Happenings

     

    March

    Peanut Butter Drive

    Levy County Farm Bureau will host its annual Peanut Butter Food Drive March 1-16 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at its offices located at 208 NW Main St., Williston or 312 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.

    Peanut butter donations will be presented to the First United Methodist Church Food Bank in Williston, Another Way in Chiefland and Tri-County Outreach in Chiefland.

    WWII Vets Luncheon

    World War II Vets and Proud of It will meet at 11 a.m. March 8 in Chiefland at Bett's Big T.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Feb. 27, Justin Allen Aushburn, 25, Bronson, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. Bond $1,000.

    • Feb. 26, Jason Dakota Barber, 22, Chiefland, possession of controlled substance w/o a prescription, possession and/or use of drug equipment. Bond $11,000.

    • March 4, Michael Arthur Bray, 39, Williston, DWLSR, FTA, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. Bond $2,000.

  • Active threat training next week

    The Community Relations Division of the Levy County Sheriff's Office will hold an Active Threat Response class from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Williston Woman's Club, 1049 NE 6th Blvd, Williston.

    The class will help individuals and groups to be better prepared by knowing how to respond in this type of situation. The class is an hour long, with a question and answer following. It is open to anyone age 18 and older.

  • Random thoughts for a random Tuesday

    Co-worker Chad came bursting into the office one Thursday a few weeks ago.

    "So what did you write about this week?" He asked, pulling a newspaper from the rack outside my door.

    "Oh, city council, the veterans' memorial, the . . ., " I started but he interrupted.

    "No. What's your column about?"

    When I told him I didn't write one, he was aghast and demanded to know why not.

    "I didn't have anything to say," I said returning to my work.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Feb. 22, Ashton Lee Beecher, 28, Bronson, VOP.

    • Feb. 25, Shaun Phillip Bond, 51, no address listed, disorderly intoxication. Bond $2,500

    • Feb. 24, David Chilcote, 52, Williston, battery. Bond $10,000.

    • Feb. 22, Austin Colby Colson, 22, Chiefland, out of county warrant.

  • Happenings

     

    March

    Peanut Butter Drive

    Levy County Farm Bureau will host its annual Peanut Butter Food Drive March 1-16 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at its offices located at 208 NW Main St., Williston or 312 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.

    Peanut butter donations will be presented to the First United Methodist Church Food Bank in Williston, Another Way in Chiefland and Tri-County Outreach in Chiefland.

    CCF Open House

  • Pitching, defense lead Williston to wins

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Williston baseball team held Chiefland and Gainesville-Buchholz to a combined two runs in back-to-back games to improve to 2-1 on the season.

    After a 2-0 season-opening loss at Class 6A Crystal River, the Red Devil pitching continued to shine as it tampered rival bats in a 3-1 home win against the Indians Feb. 23.

  • The JUUL: Old dog with new tricks

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    It’s the tale as old as time, and the song as old as rhyme. When it comes to the tobacco industry, it has always been clever in its endeavors of attracting a youthful, impressionable demographic.

    The latest craze among our teens is called “JUULing”, a phrase that refers to the new alternative cigarette company brand JUUL.

    The company builds e-cigarettes that are in the guise of a USB thumb drive that plugs discreetly into your computer.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Feb. 13, Rexford Lee Batten, 33, Inglis, violation of an injunction – repeat sex date violator. Bond $25,000.

    • Feb. 16, Bacilio Garcia Bautista, 37, Williston. No DL. ROR.

    • Feb. 14, Lisandro Bernal, 31, Citra, hit and run/failure to stop at crash, no DL, FTA, false ID given to LEO. Bond $26,000.