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Today's News

  • Best online services at socialsecurity.gov

    Americans love their computers. In fact, a recent study shows that the number of Americans who use the Internet has more than doubled over the past 10 years, reaching nearly three quarters of the U.S. population. Nearly half of all Americans have a high-speed Internet connection at home, compared to only five percent at the start of the decade. The study indicates that Internet use is even beginning to outpace traditional media. Younger Americans spend more time online than in front of a television.

  • Airport renovations soaring high

    It’s seen the likes of F. Lee Bailey, David Cassidy, Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. Who knows what celebrities it will draw when the multi-million dollar renovations are complete at Williston Municipal Airport.

    Earlier this week, construction crews bustled as they worked on what will be the new Fixed Base Operator (FBO), a 10,000 square foot service center that will have lounges, conference rooms, restrooms and areas for offices, flight planning and a control room.

  • James Rivers, one step closer

    James Rivers was one of Bronson basketball’s Super Sophs, the little team that could, the squad of sleepers that came out of nowhere to storm all the way to the Class 2A Sweet Sixteen in 2007. This is the team that ee" remember? - in the first week of November suddenly found out the starting five that was going to take them through the region was out. Suddenly, then-head coach Kelly Beckham was looking at starting a pair of sophomores at the point and small forward ee" two guys who lit up JV last year, yeah, but were they ready to deal with Oak Hall, Mayo and Hawthorne?

  • Auction proceeds will give Chief a facelift

    For over 10 years it has been home to plays, musicals and workshops that have entertained patrons from across the region.

    Now it’s in need of a facelift and its supporters are calling on you to see that it gets done so future generations can enjoy entertainment from the only playhouse in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

    The Chief Theatre in Chiefland is in the midst of an aesthetic overall and the costs are daunting, Peggy Rowe, one of the Suwannee Valley Players told chamber of commerce members last week.

  • TDC gives Willston events $2,500

    The Levy County Tourism Development Council approved two advertising grants last week for the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The Central Florida Peanut Festival received $2,500 and the 4th annual Recreational Fest and Fly Market also received $2,500. Both applications requested $5,000 each.

  • School board adopts tentative millage, budget

    “Now remember, anything we do here tonight is temporary,” said Bob Clemons, Finance Director for Levy County Schools. The School Board of Levy County was convened in the first public hearing to approve the tentative millage and tentative budget for the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Council's insurance up in the air

    The idea of the city providing health insurance for elected city council members and the mayor at no cost to them was discussed briefly at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

    State statute allows for “local government units” to pay for all or part of the health care premiums of elected officials. The estimated cost per member in Williston is $360 per month, for a total of more than $25,000 annually.

  • Extension agent heads to Iraq

    Imagine advising farmers on raising food crops and cattle in Florida’s heat and alternating wet and dry spells, not to mentions hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning strikes.

    Now, imagine advising farmers in Iraq where the temperature can reach 120 degrees in July and August, a dusty dry wind blows from April to June and the 120-degree heat after June gets a little help from a steady flow of dry air. Florida’s hurricanes are replaced by dust storms over there. And rain occurs mainly from December through April.

  • Genetically modified madness

    I have been living in rural Levy County for nearly four years, and I know precious little about farms and farming, but I am rather fond of eating. As a result I tend to follow issues that affect our food supply and support a number of groups that work toward making the food we eat safer for everyone. One area of major concern to me is the problem our country is facing with regard to genetically modified foods.

  • Letter to the Editor

    An open letter to Levy County residents

    To the editor:

    Hello, it’s me again-the short, fat, hairy legged guy with the big hat.

    Words will never express the gratitude my family and I have for you. We must say thank you again to the 8,818 voters last November. We were humbled and blessed then and continue to be today by those who have fought for almost nine more months for my appointment.

    Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. Thank you for your continued communications with Tallahassee.