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Today's News

  • Gene Hodges dead at 77

    Cedar Key’s former Mayor Eugene “Gene” Hodges was born into a politically connected family, an heir to knowing how to get things done for the island community and district that he represented in the Florida House from 1972 to 1988. His father, Randolph, was a state senator from 1952-62, a Senate President and later a lobbyist.

    The son, a lifelong Democrat, made his mark in politics by being smart and likable. He used his quick wit that way a carpenter uses a wood plane–smoothing and finely shaping the final debate.

  • ISO rating lowered

    Home and business owners in the city of Williston can look for some savings on their fire/homeowners' insurance premiums thanks to the efforts of the Williston Fire Department.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann announced Tuesday night that the city's ISO rating, the means by which fire protection is graded, was lowered from six to five. Lippmann added the new evaluation was 4.5 points from being a four, and can be appealed.

    What that means is savings to the consumer because the better the fire protection, the less premiums are.

  • Just passing through

    When told he had only five weeks to live, Rodger Howell, 63, sold everything he had and took to the open road with two horses and a dog. His goal: to live every day as if it were his last, visit family and friends and see America.

    That was a year ago, and this week Howell passed through Williston on his quest to reach Niagara Falls by Christmas.

    A former Tennessee police chief, Howell drives his buggy four days a week and rests three, plus he never travels on Sunday.

    He averages 20-25 miles per day and enjoys meeting the people he encounters.

  • Fire/police departments sinking

    Earlier this year, perhaps in February, Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall and Deputy Chief Danny Wallace noticed some loose panels around the station.

    They fixed them, but six weeks later they were loose again and then they noticed buckling.

    What has ensued since mid-March is the city's fire and police departments are located on a sink hole and it's critical both departments relocate.

    Tuesday night, an hour-long discussion about what needs to be done dominated the regular meeting of the Williston City Council.

  • Levy County Sheriffs Reports

     

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

    • June 25, Carlos Alonzo Allen, 41, Gainesville, dealing in stolen property. Bond $25,000.

  • When silver and gold collide

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    've known Freda most of my life. Her mother, Frances, drove me to kindergarten every day when I was five. However, it wasn't until I was a freshman in high school and we had a class together that I really got to know her. 

  • Donated ambulance helping save Nigerian lives

     An ambulance that was retired from Levy County due to attrition and high mileage is finding a new life in Nigeria.

    Earlier this year, the Levy County Department of Public Safety, with approval from the Board of County Commissioners donated a decommissioned ambulance after a request from Missionary Alex Abiola.

  • Know beach conditions before heading out for summer fun

     

    Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials remind beachgoers to check the surf conditions at public beaches.  Understanding the beach warning flags will help to keep you and your family safe as you enjoy the waters.  When red flags are flying, swimming in Florida’s coastal waters can be dangerous.

  • JROTC lacks funding for competitions

     

     

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • June 18, Michael Paul Davenport, 35, Yankeetown, VOP battery.

    • June 20, Eugene Thomas Days, 46, Williston, petit theft.

    • June 17, Karen Lotron Edwards, 42, Chiefland, open container.

    • June 16, Jennifer Fagan, 28, Ocala, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    • June 16, Amanda Fender, 43, Williston, battery. Bond $5,000.

    • June 19, Linda Diane Gilroy, 61, Homosassa, DUI. Bond $2,000.