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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Robbery suspects sought

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Williston Police Depatment are investigating an armed robbery that took place Dec. 18 in East Williston.

    The victim reported that he had just been paid and then robbed at gunpoint after he gave an unknown man a ride.

    When the two arrived in the 4500 block of NE 210 Avenue, the suspect took the victim’s cell phone and made a phone call.  A short time later another black male walked out of the woods armed with a gun and robbed the victim at   gun point of an undisclosed amount of money. 

  • Red Devils win tourney opener

    The Williston Red Devils, playing in the Kiwanis Christmas Tournament at Bradford High School Dec. 21, stunned the visiting 5A Camden Wildcats from Georgia 84-61.

    The Red Devils and the Wildcats played even for the first eight minutes as the first quarter ended in a 16-16 even game.

    The Red Devils came out to start the second quarter and absolutely took the Wildcats to task as they went on a 15-0 run, holding the Wildcats scoreless for the first four minutes of the second quarter taking a 31-16 lead.

  • Red Devils stick it to Celtics 54-47

    You just never know from one game to the next, which talented player will answer the call for the Red Devils.

    On Dec. 18, the Red Devils played their first home court game of the season as they hosted the Trinity Catholic Celtics.

    The Junior Varsity game was cancelled by Trinity, and those fans arriving early had an extended wait for the 7:30 p.m. varsity game to start. But it was well worth the wait for Red Devil fans as they watched their team come from behind in the fourth quarter to down the Celtics 54-47.

  • Williston to play Monday in tourney

    The Williston Red Devils will travel to Ocala Monday

    for tournament action in the Kingdom of the Sun Holiday tournament.

    The Red Devils take on North Marion at 6:30 p.m. at Vanguard High School. The finals of the tournament conclude with the championship game at 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve.

  • 40 years of cooking

    Since 1969 Ethel Penny has been feeding the patients and staff at Nature Coast Hospital.

    Last week the tables turned and someone provided refreshments for her to honor her 40 years of service and dedication.

    Penny, a Raleigh resident, heard of the job opening from a friend, and since she had some restaurant experience, she applied.

    The rest is, as they say, history, as she worked her way up from an aide to a cook and even a manager–a position she held for 10 years.