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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.