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Today's News

  • Felony convictions from November

    The following people were convicted of felonies in Levy County Circuit Court during the month of November.

    These names have been provided to the Levy County Supervisor of Elections. Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in Florida or to possess a firearm until their civil rights are restored for those purposes.

    * Michael P. Alumbaugh, 46, of Bronson, possession of marijuana, producing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver.

    * Adam Bergdoll, 19, of Hernando, larceny.

  • Levy County Sheriff's reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office announces the following arrests:

    John H. Peyregne, 17, of Cedar Key was arrested Nov. 26 for possession of a firearm on school grounds. Cedar Key Chief Bubba Castell contacted School Resource Officer Sean McMullen, who recovered a loaded 30.06 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun. It is a felony to possess a firearm on school grounds.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department announces the following arrests:

    *Shavonte T. Johnson, 19, of Southeast Second Avenue, Williston, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering or removing a firearm serial number after he was found in an area where Pfc. Charles Strachan was assisting the Sheriff's Office in a battery case. In the report the officer says he searched the suspect for the officer's safety and found the weapon, which was not loaded, but the serial number had been scraped and was unreadable.

  • Horses need better care

    Letter to the editor

    I have read Cheri McDemott's letter on the 18 Arabians that were removed from their life of neglect and abuse from their owners and sent back to hell. What kind of animal protection laws is this legal system enforcing?

  • Bombarded by modern technology

    We've been bombarded by technology from all sides recently, and some of it has not gone smoothly, as many readers are aware.

    If you're reading this in print, I'm quite happy, because it means we got the newspaper out this week on a new technological system.

    If you're reading this online, then I'm happy, because with all the Web site problems it's the little things, like getting stories on there in a timely fashion, that please us.

  • Sawmill gets OK for 24-7 operation

    A sawmill that makes pine shavings received a unanimous vote of approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners for a special exception amendment Dec. 4 to let it run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The Derby Gold mill received its first special exception on Jan. 2. The Dec. 3 amendment changes the hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 24 hours a day.

    Derby Gold Pine Shaving has been operating for approximately five years in the Williston area. Its wood-shaving machinery is completely enclosed now to reduce sound.

  • County News Digest

    Sex business ordinance set for approval

    BRONSON - The Levy County Board of County Commissioners may approve a new ordinance related to sexually oriented businesses, according to Levy County Attorney Anne Brown.

    The meeting to consider adopting the new ordinance is slated for Dec. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m.

    The county attorney and others have been working on the ordinance for about two years, according to Levy County Coordinator Freddie Moody. The ordinance can be adopted at this meeting, Brown said.

    County approves letter against GRU choice

  • County tables mining decision

    After almost four hours of heated discussion, the Levy County Planning Commission voted 4-1 to table making any recommendation to the County Commission regarding a special exception for a major mining operation.

    Tarmac America is leasing property from Plum Creek in a project attorney Jake Varn said would generate an estimated $2.1 billion during the estimated 100-year lifespan of the mine, which is about two miles north of Inglis.

  • Artifacts at Chiefland festival

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Operations Officer Bill Miley shows some of the artifacts brought to the Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas and Winter Festival on Dec. 1 at Trailhead Park. The USCG Auxiliary meets each third Thursday at 7 p.m. in First United Methodist Church of Williston. There were many civic groups at the event in Chiefland this past Saturday.

  • Winner at casino

    Tammy Strickland of Williston was Isle of Capri Casino Resort's grand prize winner of $10,000 in the First Stop for Winning promotion that celebrated the opening of the new Biloxi Bay Bridge. The casino is located in Biloxi, Miss.