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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner

    A spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, July 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse.

    For $6, diners will get spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.

    You may eat-in or carryout.

    Dog Wash and More

    Would your canine friends like a swimming lesson, or an opportunity to run a lure course? Do you just want someone else to wash your dog for a change?

  • Church Briefs

    Morriston Baptist

    Go “Down Under” with Morriston Baptist Church during Vacation Bible School on July 26-30 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. A Parents’ Night will be held July 31 at 7 p.m.

    “All Aboard the Boomerang Express,” says Children’s/Youth Pastor John Potts.

    “As your kidaroos travel across Australia, they will discover the vastness of God’s love and they will learn that no matter where they go or what they do in life - it all comes back to Jesus.”

  • Breaking News

    Gov. Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of Chad Johnson to serve on the Levy County Board of Commissioners.

    Johnson will fill the vacancy created by the suspension of Robert Anthony Parker and will serve as interim during his suspension.

    Owen “Chad” Johnson, 38, of Chiefland, is a territory manager for Destron Fearing.

  • Community Calendar

    Woodturners

    Bell WoodTurners, a registered Florida not-for-profit organization, is having its 8th Annual Woodturning Demo/Sale Day on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bell Community Center in Bell.

    All attendees will receive a free, hand turned weed pot (for dried flower arrangements) that are made by chapter members. The Bell Community Center is on Highway 129 in the center of Bell.

  • Nuke plant faces another setback

    The Green Party of Florida and two other groups learned Wednesday that their challenges to Progress Energy Florida’s plans to build two nuclear power reactors in Levy County have standing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their petition to intervene has been granted.

    The move could represent another setback to the utility. In May, it announced construction work on the $17 billion project would be delayed by at least 20 months when the NRC refused to give the utility limited work authorization for excavation and foundation preparation work.

  • Chamber co-founder Joe Lewis dies at 89

    Led by Pan Zettler, Joe Lewis, Frank Etheridge and a handful of others work began to form an organization that would promote Williston to not only Willistonians, but the outside world.

    It was 1985 and it was the formation of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last Friday, Lewis, one of those community-spirited people died after fighting the good fight with cancer. He was 89.

    “He was one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known,” said Zettler. “There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help.”

  • Sheriff says budget cut will cost three jobs

    There will be bad news for three employees at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    They will lose their jobs in the coming year.

    That’s the news delivered by Sheriff Johnny Smith and Col. Mike Johnson to the County Commission as they delivered their revised budget proposal.

    “This is kind of sad in a way,” Johnson said. “It’s sad that we’re losing people.

    “I feel more consideration could have been given to the sheriff’s department.”

  • Unexpected visitors

    It was a lovely April morning, having finished some chores, I took my usual stroll around my yard to see what was up. I happened to be standing near one of the two bird hopping around some shrubs. I first thought it was a Carolina Chickadee, a regular visitor at my feeders.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    We are “the shining city on the hill.” The world looks up to us. However, President Obama’s programs for spending trillions of dollars are putting us into devastating debt.

    This is starting to move our shining city down into a dark valley where the rain (Taxes) will drown it.

    Wake up, America. It is no t too late to stop the spending. Congress can stop him and we have the power to have Congress do this.

  • Johnny Sanderford sentenced for mistreatment of mentally handicapped man

    One of the three people charged with the mistreatment of a 51-year-old mentally handicapped man has been sentenced.

    Johnny Ray Sanderford, 34, of Bronson is serving a 3-year, 4-month sentence for false imprisonment and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult for punching the malnourished and handcuffed man. His anticipated release date is in 2012.

    The victim weighed between 80 to 100 pounds when found by deputies acting on an anonymous tip.

    One officer who saw the victim said he looked like a prisoner of war.