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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Please, no pictures

    In last week’s Levy County School Board meeting, Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek presented this year’s changes to the Student Code of Conduct. Among those changes was a ban on using digital cameras, cellphone cameras or digital video recorders during the school day to capture images of teachers, staff or students without permission. This week, Wnek and Director of Administration Jeff Edison, who led the research on the updates, clarified the rule.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • Edwin Deleon Henry, 27, of Cross City was arrested July 30 and charged with two counts sale of a controlled substance, crack cocaine. Bond was $30,000.

    • Rodney Kirk Williams, 40, of Trenton was charged July 31 with sale of a controlled substance. Bond was $15,000.

    • Shavon Juanita Medley, 26, of Old Town was arrested on a Dixie County warrant for sale of a controlled substance. Bond was $15,000.

  • Williston police chief has no plans to retire

    Williston Police Chief Dan Davis will be around for a while.

    At Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, council was presented with a letter sent by city clerk Valerie Anderson after she spoke to Chief Davis about his “requirements for retirement.”

    In the letter, signed by Davis at Anderson’s request, he says that he would consider retirement if the city would contribute 3 percent to his retirement fund (the police rate) rather than the 2.25 percent that applies to general employees.

  • Williston Police Reports

    Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    Franklin Lewis Blankenship, 22, of NW 1st Avenue, was charged July 26 on an Osceola County warrant for aggravated battery.

    Louis Alberto Gaspar, 28, of SE 5th Terrace, was arrested July 27 for no driver’s license.

    Michael William Vazquez, 26, of NE 127th Court, was arrested July 24 for possession, less than 20 grams.

    Tina Louise Butler, 21, of NE 212 Terrace, was charged with forgery, petit theft on July 25.

  • Firearms discovered during Bronson drug bust

    A Bronson man was arrested July 31 and charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled substance and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

    James John Taylor, 37, of NE 75th Street was arrested after drug agents with the Levy County Drug Task Force received information that he was selling Oxycontin from his residence.

    The informant purchased the drug between Oct. 2, 2008 and Nov. 19, 2008.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday,

    Aug. 8

    Back-to-School Rally

    WE SOAR, Inc., will host the 15th Annual Back-to-School Rally on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Allen Chapel AME Church located at 48 NE 9th Street, Williston.

    A rally program will feature the WE SOAR Step/Mime team and other youth performing arts groups. There will be free school supply packs (assembled by appropriate grade-level), door prizes and refreshments.

  • Qualifying open for Bronson election

    Three seats are open in the Sept. 8 Bronson Town Council elections and qualifying has already brought two challengers and plans for a political rally on Aug. 29 at Bronson Youth League Park.

    Up for election are the seats held by: Aaron Edmondson in Seat One, Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo in Seat Three and Melody La Flam in Seat Five.

    Restaurant owner Jim Beck, who heads the town’s Sewer Committee, has announced he will seek the seat held by Edmundson.

  • County sets tentative millage rate at 8 mills

    The property tax millage for Levy County is tentatively set at 8 mills, but that could change as the Board of Commissioners keeps whittling the budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody said property owners will see the 8 mills rate on their TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices that will be mailed out, but that rate is not set in stone and it could go down.