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Today's News

  • Camp Safe Haven is Saturday

    Sadness, anger, confusion — these are some of the feelings people experience when dealing with grief. However, children and adults do not grieve in the same way, so a different counseling approach is needed.

  • Pioneer, Citizen win eight FPA awards

    Reporters and editors for the Williston Pioneer and the Chiefland Citizen walked away last week with eight writing awards from the Florida Press Association during its annual luncheon celebrating its Better Newspaper Contest.

  • Man dies from injuries sustained in dirt bike accident

    A Williston man died July 2 after crashing his dirt bike on NW 13th Street June 29.

    Dana Monroe, 26, was driving his 2004 Yamaha dirt bike southbound, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Monroe was jumping over a driveway, according to the accident report. He made the jump, crashed and was ejected. He came to rest in a ditch and the dirt bike traveled to the west and into a vacant lot.

  • State pays for new ambulance

    The state of Florida passed out money for emergency medical services this week and Levy County received the largest amount of money in the state — $120,600.

    The money, in the form of a 90/10 matching grant will allow the county to purchase a new ambulance and to take one of its high-milage units off the road, said Trish Seibold, director of Levy County Emergency Medical Services. The county’s match will b $13,400.

  • Yearty reports to prison

    William Samuel Yearty, 64, convicted of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer wanting to build a project in Levy County and lying to the FBI in an interview, became inmate 20575-017 on Tuesday when he reported to the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola.

    The 30-year veteran of the Levy County Commission and its chairman found himself among the facility’s minimum security inmates at Sauffley Field, a U.S. Navy base.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    As a pharmacist who served the community and the surrounding areas as the co-owner of Sunshine Drugs for over 30 years, I felt I needed to perhaps clarify a situation that has recently come to my attention.

    It is my understanding that a business will soon be opened under the name of Sunshine Drugs.

    Although I wish the owners of this new business well in the endeavor, Iee^also feel that Iee^need to make it clear to everyone that Iee^m in no way assoiciated with, nor in any way a part of, this business.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, July 10

    Bell WoodTurners

    The Bell WoodTurners (“BWT”), the north central Florida chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, (“AAW”) is having their 9th annual Demo/Sale day July 10 at the Bell Community Center (on Highway 129) in Bell. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. BWT serves woodturners in Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchris, Lafayette and Levy counties.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    •Jorge Escobedo Alonso, 29. Bronson; arrested July 2, no driver’s license and resisting arrest without violence. Bond $12,000.

    • James Alexander Smith III, 35, Otter Creek; arrested July 2, habitual traffic offender. Bond $10,000.

    • Brandy R. Hall, 49, Tampa; arrested July 3, Violation of Probation (VOP) controlled substance. No bond.

  • Social Security makes a difference everywhere

    Social Security reaches almost every family in the United States, and at some point touches the lives of nearly all Americans. It not only helps older Americans, but also workers who become disabled and families in which a spouse or parent dies. Today, about 159 million people work and pay Social Security taxes. More than 53 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. In 2009 alone, those benefits came to about $675 billion.

  • One cup at a time

    Even though she is only 10 years old, Paige Rodriguez has already learned the meaning of compassion, sacrifice and commitment.

    The rising fifth grade student at Williston Elementary has chosen to devote part of her summer vacation to raising funds for cancer patients and cancer research by selling lemonade.

    Inspired by Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a Connecticut girl who had neuroblastoma, Paige opted to follow in her footsteps with an old-fashioned lemonade stand.