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Today's News

  • USPS picks winners and losers

    The newspaper business—both small and large papers—has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service to purposely entice advertising out of the newspaper so ads can be placed instead with USPS favored stakeholder Valassis Inc., which bought direct mail company ADVO in 2006.

  • Mark Johnson skyrockets to fame

    Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson, also a musician, is the third annual recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
    He will receive the award during a performance with Martin on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on Sept. 24.  Along with the award — a sculpture by artist Eric Fischi, Johnson receives a $50,000 check from the Steve Martin Foundation.
    The Letterman show airs locally on MyGTN, Channel 4, at 11:30 p.m.

  • A new twist on an old favorite

    For all intents and purposes, I am not  a breakfast eater in the true sense of the word. I don’t eat eggs, gravy or grits and those are pretty much the foundation for breakfast–especially in the South.
    I do, however, like to eat sometime before noon and of course, my preferences tend to run on the sweet side of things. A doughnut, a Pop Tart or a bagel with strawberry cream cheese all fit the bill nicely to go with my three cups of morning coffee.

  • Cindy Roach runs for School Superintendent post

    Our children are our future, and they deserve an education that will best prepare them to make an honest living and to fulfill their dreams.
    Our children deserve knowledgeable and inspired teachers in the classroom. Our children, teachers, staff, administrators, and our communities deserve a knowledgeable leader who has a vision for the future of education in Levy County.

  • Al Macri seeks BOCC District 3 seat

    Al Macri (D-Morriston) will vie against Mike Joyner (R-Morriston) for the County Commission District 3 seat Nov. 6.
    In a candidacy announcement, Macri wrote:
    “Hello, my name is Al Macri and I am asking for your vote and support as I am running for Levy County Commissioner District 3, which is being vacated by Marsha Drew.
    “I am 57 years old and came to Levy County from Palm Beach County in 1981. I live in Morriston with my wife, Etter Brooks Macri, who was born in Montbrook.

  • County approves tentative millage at 8.5759

    The Levy County Commission approved a tentative budget of $62,352,856 and a property tax millage of 8.5759 by a 4-1 vote on Sept. 6 with Chair Danny Stevens of Williston (D-District 5) dissenting.

  • Council sets millage at 5.9025

    It was with minimal fanfare Tuesday night that the Williston City Council tentatively approved the 2013 millage rate at 5.9025 mills and a balanced budget of $14,756,282.
    The first of two hearings were held and with only a couple exceptions no questions were asked and no one objected.
    Dr. Oel Wingo, interim city manager, said she and staff had worked to make this year’s budget more transparent and more accurate by allocating revenues where the actual work was being done.
    “It’s a wonderful budget,” Debra Jones told the council.

  • Honoring patriots on Patriot Day

    It’s been almost three years since Rick Fabiani first told the Williston Rotary Club about a dream to build a Fisher House in Gainesville.
    Tuesday, he returned to the club and said that dream will become reality when a groundbreaking ceremony is held Sept. 25.
    A Fisher House, paid for by private funds but located on Veterans Administration property, provides free accommodations,  giving veterans and their families a home away from home during treatment or rehab.

  • Season opening win

    With a short roster of just 24 players and at least six starters nursing nagging injuries from ankles to concussions to hand injuries, the Red Devils traveled to PK Yonge on Aug. 31.

    The Red Devil defense took just 10 seconds to record their first turnover of the season. Following a kickoff by Jorge Deciderio, Red Devil Tyus Williams recovered the Blue Wave’s fumble on the attempted return.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports, 9-6

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

    Aug. 28, Jamie Marie Barr, 18, Newberry, violating injunction repeat sex date violation. Bond $50,000.

    Sept. 1, Manolo Herrera Barrera, 33, Ocala, no DL, failure to register motor vehicle.

    Sept. 1, Robert Batman, 52, Lakeland, disorderly intoxication. Bond $2,000.

    Sept. 2, Michael Blough, 33, Inglis, assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $15.000.

    Aug. 31, Derrick Colon, 27, Bronson, battery. Bond $5,000.