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Today's News

  • Unshakeable in a desperate situation

    Scripture passage: Daniel 2:1-49

  • Hospital changes management

    Nature Coast Hospital is under new management and change is already taking place.

    Partners Healthcare Development Inc. (PHD) out of Overland Park, Kan. became the new management group for the hospital Sept. 1, according to spokesman Nathan Adams, vice president of communication and government affairs.

    Adams said rumors that PHD had purchased the hospital are unfounded.

    With only one week into the acquistion, Adams said the first changes include the appointment of a new chief executive officer and chief financial officer.

  • Kennedy defeats LaFlam; two Bronson incumbents return

    Voters in Bronson have spoken: They are only in the mood for a little change.

    In Tuesday's town council election voters returned two incumbents to office and elected a newcomer to politics to the third spot.

    Jason Kennedy, manager at the Burger King in Chiefland and co-owner of a home-based business with his wife, handily won over incumbent Melody LaFlam 190 to 83.

    In the other races, Aaron Edmondson defeated restaurant owner Jim Beck 154 to 136, and incumbent Beatrice Mongo won over Mike Johnson, chief deputy at the Levy County Sheriff's Office, 163 to 129.

  • AARP will hear about human trafficking

    AARP Chapter #912 welcomes members back after the summer break when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14 in the Holy Family Catholic Church Hall, 17353 NE Hwy 27 Alt, Williston.

    The speaker will be Michelle Thore, an FBI Victims Specialist. Her subject will be “Human Trafficking.” She will speak immediately after a short opening, followed by ther business meeting. A pot luck provided by members will be served after the meeting.

  • Water supply concerns BOCC

    The Levy County Commission is sending a letter to the St. John’s Water Management District expressing the board’s concern about what it feels is excessive water use in the populous area around Jacksonville.

    The commission took the action after Steve Minnis of the Suwannee River Water Management District, gave a report on the “state” of water supplies in the region indicating that the biggest withdrawals are in that area.

  • Community Happenings

    Friday, Sept. 11

    AARPee^Flu Shot Clinic

    AARP Area Chapter 912 will hold the annual Flu/Pneumonia Shot Clinic Friday, Sept. 11 at Williston City Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Maxim Health Systems, LLC will administer the vaccinations this year.

  • Woman charged with pointing shotgun at three

    For three months Valerie Melinda Campbell stewed because of something that was said about her mother. On Aug. 28, she’d had enough.

    Campbell, 28, of Bell was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after three people claimed she pulled a gun on them at NW 168th Lane, Chiefland.

    A male victim said he was asleep in his chair and awakened to find Campbell entering his home and pointing a shotgun at him.

  • Knife comes out during domestic dispute

    A case of domestic violence took a turn Sept. 1 when Doyle Smith Jr., 42, allegedly brandished a knife against his wife while she sat in the car.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the victim told authorities that Smith wanted prescription drugs and when she refused, he hit her. She left the residence and he followed.

    The victim said he threatened both her and the property and only left when his son arrived.

  • Williston Police

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Sydney C. Frasier, 49, of NE 10th Street was arrested Sept. 1 on an Alachua County warrant.

    • Travis M. Haynes, 19, of NW Hwy. 335 was charged Aug. 27 on a failure to appear warrant for fraud/insufficient funds.

  • Shed owner charged with grand theft

    The owner of a shed where a woman lived has been charged with grand theft and stolen property.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Chad Alexander Cumbo, 25, of NE 75th Place, Bronson, was charged Sept. 3 after a tenant in his shed said she had been unable to retrieve items she left in the shed because Cumbo denied her access.

    The victim reported that a surround sound system, a mini refrigerator, jewelry and a window air conditioner valued at $2,150 was missing.