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Today's News

  • Crime is up in Levy County

    Gov. Rick Scott may be crowing about Florida having its  lowest crime rate in 30 years in 2010 with a drop of 6.6 percent, but Levy County experienced a 4.1 percent increase in crime.

    The numbers released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday come from crime report information submitted by local law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

    According to the report:

    • Population went from an estimated 40,674 residents to 41,451 in 2010

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report 5-12-2011

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

    • May 8, Valrize Latrice Bristol, 31, Dunnellon, DUI, DWLSR, leaving scene of accident with personal injury. Bond $46,000.

    • May 6, Jeffery Blake Browning, 52, Dunnellon, RWV, disorderly intoxication and corruption by threat against a public servant. Bond $21,000.

    • May 3, James Stevenson Ellerby, 45, Chiefland, aggravated assault. Bond $50,000.

    • Miranda Lee McClain, 19, Bronson, VOP retail theft. Bond $5,000.

  • Looking for my muse in Beaufort

    My column writing has gotten rusty. Maybe because my brain is a little more rusty than usual. I lack inspiration. I lack joie de Vivre.

     I can’t write without inspiration. My inspiration comes from my  joie de Vivre. It takes a lot to inspire me these days–not so much to enthuse me. But truth-to-tell I am just too tired to be enthused.

    I’m hoping this weekend will put a new spring in my step.

    I am being reunited with the other half of my brain cell–best friend, Denise.

  • A City Takes Time to Pray

    Under clear skies with a gentle breeze wafting through the city, residents of Williston came together last week to pray for their town, state, country, leaders–and themselves.

    Attended by more than 50 people, Williston’s local participation in the National Day of Prayer drew ministers, housewives, law enforcement officers and elected officials–people who believe in the power of prayer.

  • Council honors May Students of the Month

    At its first meeting in May, Williston City Council and Mayor Gerald Hethcoat saluted May Students of the Month.

    Sabrina Spearin, was chosen from Williston Elementary School.

    The fifth grader is the daughter of Daniel Spearin.

  • Daylily Trippin’

    Only a few blocks from downtown Williston lays a sea of color that takes your breath away, causing you to marvel that such spendor is not in a vast rural setting, but contained expertly on three city lots.

    For Bill and Nellie Boyd, the artistry that has transformed their home and yard into a gardener’s paradise has been a labor of love.

    Bill first became enamored with daylilies back in 2000 after visiting Wimberly Way Garden and receiving the gift of a day lily called Total Perfectin.

  • Preserving the past–for the future

    James Brown had to think hard about what he likes about working on the old Shell Pond School.

    “It hasn’t hit me yet. It hasn’t jelled,” The 56-year-old carpenter said, gripping a handsaw and standing in front of a pile of salvaged timber. “That’s a tough question. It’s such a simple structure. What it can become, I guess. That’s what it’s about.”

  • WWII vets to meet Thursday at Ivy House

    World War II vets will meet Thursday,  May 12 at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston.
    Last month's meeting was at Salt Creek Restaurant in Suwannee. New members were Victor and Dorothy Durrance of Old Town and Gainesville. The couple has returned to Texas but will return in the fall to resume their residency.
    Mr. Durrance and Bob Heise had a long discussion about their war time experience.
    For questions or more information, call Virginia Lewis at 528-2310 or Dot Halvorsen at542-7697.

     

  • Miss Harris, Mr. Anderson plan October wedding

    Chuck and Ninta Harris of Williston announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jade Harris of Morriston, to Daniel Anderson, of Morriston, son of Brian and Candy Anderson of Morriston.
    The bride-elect has her associate’s degree in interior design. The future groom has his associate’s degree in business administration and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree.
    The couple will marry Oct. 8 at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

  • Miss Martinez, Mr. Feagle plan July nuptials

    Miss Raina Lynn Martinez and Mr. Ryan Michael Feagle  announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Arthur “Mario” Martinez of Williston and the late Jodie Martinez.
    She is also the granddaughter of Arthur and Linda Martinez of Lake City, Sharon Stone of Williston and David Stone of Yankeetown.
    The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Williston High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology.