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Today's News

  • Apply online now for a new year retirement

    If you’re planning on retiring sometime early in the new year, now is the time to apply for retirement benefits. The most convenient way to apply for Social Security benefits is online — from the comfort of your home or office. Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.

    Our website will walk you through the online retirement application process. We will tell you what information you will need to answer the questions on the application. Further, we will describe the documents you may need to present once you have submitted your application.

  • Judge candidates include two from Levy

    Three attorneys — a prosecutor and two in private practice — have been sent to Gov. Charlie Crist for appointment to the county judge seat being vacated by Judge Joe Smith’s Dec. 31 retirement.

    The three are:

    James T. “Tim” Browning, an assistant state attorney based in Gainesville, but who has ties to Gilchrist County, and has handled domestic violence and drug cases.

    Charlotte Weidner, an attorney in private practice in Bronson who has criminal and civil trial experience.

  • Legislative delegation meets Dec. 17

    The Levy County Legislative Delegation will meet on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. in Courtroom A at the Levy County Courthouse.

    The meeting provides an opportunity for Levy County and municipal officials to make their requests for legislation on issues of concern before the legislative session. It is also an opportunity for the public to speak to their representatives and senators on issues that matter and to request action.

     

  • Water workshop is Dec. 8

    The Levy County Commission is looking for information on water — how much there is, how it is being used, where it is going and whether to join or form a water authority.

    To that end it is checking whether a larger meeting place will be needed for a joint workshop on the region’s water supply with the Suwannee River Water Management District and South West Florida Water Management District. The workshop set for noon Dec. 8 at Bronson’s old town hall, would also include representatives from the county’s eight municipalities and the public.

  • Shop locally this season

    As Levy County combats the worst rececession since the Great Depression and the holiday season is here, it makes sense that we all do our part to keep as many of our shopping dollars at home.

    With budgets tightened and wallets depleted, we encourage people to be imaginative with their gift-giving.

    Meander downtown Williston on a crisp day, poke your head in all the shops along the way, dine at one of our eateries and think about what you are giving to your friends and family.

  • 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.