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Today's News

  • Guilty

    It was a tough picture for anyone to erase from memory: two men sat across a table dining while the hands of an unseen third man — the one wearing a video camera with wiring sewn into his shirt — reaches into a bag and pulls out a stack of fresh $100 bills.

    “Let’s get down to business here,” the disembodied voice of FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn says, “This is $10,000 here.” He counts out the bills into 10 stacks.

  • On Santa and fairies

    How do you tell a child that there are no fairies?

    I’ve given this matter a lot of thought, lately, and not because I mull profoundly in my spare time, but because my son has asked some specific questions and I know it’s a matter of time before he figures out some of the answers.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    I have known Sammy Yearty for about 18 years. I attend most of the commission meetings in Levy County and volunteer with the Levy County Emergency Management. During this time I have observed Sammy in meetings and during storms. I worked in the EOC under his leadership and I have never known Sammy to do anything that was not in the best interest of the citizens of Levy County.

  • Churches burglarized

    A Williston church was burglarized Monday night, according to Police Chief Dan Davis and the thieves were targeting money left in the church.

    The burglary is the second in as many weeks, and are part of a regional problem where houses of worship have been targeted in several jurisdictions.

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is asking all churches to revisit their security procedures to include the way they handle and store money to reduce the impact of a such a burglary at their church.

  • Parker, Yearty seek new trial

    Convicted Levy County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker have joined in a motion seeking a new trial on federal political corruption charges citing the behavior of FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn, the undercover agent who posed as developer Sean Michaels, and other grounds.

    Yearty and Parker were convicted Dec. 4 of conspiring to solicit a bribe and accepting a bribe in excess of $5,000. Yearty was convicted of an additional charge of lying to a federal agent during an interview. The federal court jury of eight women and two men took six hours to reach its decision.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    "DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    "Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

  • The work of the holiday is part of the gift

    The cooking and baking of Christmas all invokes poignant memories of holidays past, but none more so than stirring the fudge.

    To ensure perfect fudge, you have to stir constantly, work rapidly and keep an eye on the timer if you don’t have a candy thermometer.

    Sunday, as I stirred and stirred and stirred, I was taken back to my mother standing over a coal burning stove making Christmas treats. It became more difficult for her to do as the years rolled on due to a upper spine problem that caused her hands to go numb, but she did it anyway.

  • My most memorable Christmas

    For me, I think the most memorable Christmas was in about 1984 or 1985. I had two brothers in the U.S. Marines at that time. They were both stationed overseas. My mom was so upset because it would be the first time ever that she didn’t have all six of her kids home.

    She tried to hide it, but me being the youngest, I could tell that there was something wrong. My mom would just sit and cry. When I asked her what was wrong, she would just say “ Nothing baby girl. I’m OK.”

  • Legislative delegation has no money to offer Levy

    The Levy County Commission did something it rarely does at the Levy County Legislative Delegation’s annual public hearing — all the commissioners attended.

    But then again, it was a historic meeting in other ways. The delegation did not get any requests for money because of the state’s dire economic situation. Instead, county and municipal officials said if any money does turn up: “please remember us.”

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • David H. Darling, 21, of Fanning Springs, was arrested Dec. 14 and charged with home invasion. Bond was $50,000.

    • Dytrona Lewis Harvey, 29, of Ocala, was charged Dec. 14 with three counts sale of a controlled substance and three counts possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $145,000.

    • Tavaris Linell Hill, 31, of Williston was charged with violation of probation (VOP)–DUI on Dec. 18. Bond was $10,000.