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Today's News

  • County hires first public safety director

    Levy County has hired its first public safety director and he will start work on Aug. 22.
    David L. Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, has accepted the position that carries a $65,000 annual salary.
    The Levy County Commission unanimously approved Knowles’ hiring at its Aug. 2 regular meeting.  He was their top choice among six candidates interviewed by the commission in July.

  • Walk of Faith

    When Levy County school bells ring Aug. 22, a new school will chime in as it greets its first student body after a year and a half of the three Ps–planning, preparing and praying.
    Williston Central Christian Academy, a kindergarten through sixth grade school, is in the final days of “let’s see what we lack” before the doors open in less than two weeks.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Robert Philpot, retired agricultural educator from Williston, has been selected as the 2011 Florida winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).   
    The NAAE Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes agricultural educators who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels over the course of their careers.

  • Harmony doesn’t have to be lip service

    We were the first to say it, and now it seems, some city council members are parroting it–there needs to be some kind of civility among our elected leaders as they tackle the important issues facing Williston.
    At Tuesday night’s meeting, Councilor Brooks Holloway called for harmony to be restored among the council.
    He also wondered what potential businesses would think about Williston if they read about city business in the newspaper.
    We think anyone would infer from news stories, it’s a council divided.

  • Cooking with Caro

    My mother was an excellent cook, as was her mother before her, and probably her mother before her. It’s what women did back then–they took care of home and hearth and in the days before restaurants were tres chic, they cooked big, nourishing meals to feed big families.

  • It's disposal time

    By the time you read this, I’ll be on a plane bound for Ohio to visit family I haven’t seen in more than a decade. It’s a trip long overdue, but in preparation for it this past weekend, I finally came to the realization there’s something else long overdue in my life–cleaning house....really cleaning house.
    I was looking for some old family photographs to take with me, and in addition to more than 10,000 prints (thank God for digital photography), I found a sundry of papers, receipts and things that once upon a time I thought I might need in the distant future.

  • Courts hand down May, June sentences

    The following people were sentenced in Levy County courts during May and June:

    Kimberly Carol Allen, larceny by theft between $300 and $5,000, 1 year 7 days with credit for 40 days served. Must pay civil judgment and jail fund.

    Deana M. Anderson, VOP on forgery by altering public record, passing a forged instrument and larceny by theft between $300 and $5,000, probation revoked, 15 months with credit for 211 days on each, served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment, jail fund and violation costs.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    July 31, Martin Olivas Acosta, 47, Morriston, two counts FTA. Bond $1,250.

    July 28, Thomas Barr, 36, Chiefland, DWLS. Bond $1,000.

    July 26, Jerald Samuels Billups, 35, Inglis, structure or conveyance. Bond $1,000.

    July 26, John Thomas Brooks, 29, Williston, over $200. Bond $500.

  • Only one attends assessment hearing

    The Levy County Commission expressed shock that it drew only one taxpayer to a public hearing on special assessments on Tuesday evening in the commission meeting room.

    It was a sharp change from two years ago when the hearing was held in the larger Courtroom A at the County Courthouse to accommodate the people objecting to increases in special assessments and any increase in property taxes.

  • School board approves lower budget, millage

    By MIKE CAPSHAW

    Sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Near the end of a meeting in which the School Board of Levy County approved, among other things, a tentative millage and budget for 2011-12, board member Cameron Asbell of Bronson offered up a cost-savings idea.

    Asbell didn’t prepare any notes to introduce his idea before Tuesday night, all he did was hold up the more than 100 sheets of paper he had been handed during the two-plus hour meeting. It was timely considering lack of funding was discussed several times.