Today's News

  • Basics of listening, doing

    (James 1:19-27)
       We live in such a fast-paced, hectic world we forget that God’s voice waits to be heard. Nothing is more urgent. Nothing is more needful. Nothing is more rewarding than hearing what God has to say. Oftentimes the question isn’t, “Is God speaking?”, but rather are we being still enough and quiet enough to listen?

  • Seafood Festival, lighthouse tour highlight weekend events

       The 41st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m until 5 p.m. each day.
       This major event features well over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, and great local seafood in City Park.
       There will be live musical entertainment at several places around town during the days and nights, and a parade on Saturday morning.
       Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges participates in  the celebration by commemorating  National Wildlife Refuge Week.  

  • Community Happenings I

    Thursday, Oct. 14

    Cattlemen Meeting
    The Levy County Cattlemen and Landowners Association will meet at the Whitehurst Lodge Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
    Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.
    For more information, call the Levy County Extension Office at 486-5131 or 528-3119.

    Saturday, Oct. 16

    Benefit Yard Sale

  • Soldier’s memorial service Saturday

    Army Sgt. Karl A Campbell, 34, of Chiefland only had a short time left in Afghanistan before returning home on holiday leave to see his son Carl, 4, his wife and their children who were at Fort Campbell, Ky.

    He had already been told that when his tour in the combat zone ended he would be assigned to Special Forces training. It was an opportunity the man trained as a Ranger in his first Army stint lobbied hard to win.

    On Oct. 4 his dreams and service to this country ended in Babur Afghanistan.

  • Telltale dashboard light

    Modern technology is wonderful, except when it scares the heck out of you.

    This week I was filling in at our Williston newspaper, my former home paper, in between getting the South Marion Citizen material put together.

    That meant extra traveling. My car is only nine months old, so I wasn’t worried about driving between the two offices, providing I could avoid the West Port High and Williston Elementary school zones.

  • Memorial honors slain state trooper

    BY Amanda Mims

    Citrus County Chronicle

    For 37 years, the place where Trooper Ronald Gordon Smith took his last breath remained an almost anonymous piece of earth, its significance lost among the pine needles, palmettos and oak trees.

    Now, there’s no mistaking that something tragic happened in that place next to U.S. 19 in Red Level, where Smith, a Florida Highway Patrolman of eight months, was gunned down at the age of 28.

  • WES taps first group for ‘Student of the Month’

    Kudos to our first group of students who earned the title, “Student of the Month,” here at Williston Elementary School! “This year we’re recognizing one student per month in each homeroom teacher’s class,” said Marla Hiers, principal. “The teacher can choose which category: citizenship, academics or most improved. We’ve planned to hold this award ceremony the first Friday morning of each month.”

  • Bronson makes new run at flood plan

    The Town of Bronson is taking a new tack in its fight to keep residents from having to buy flood insurance and the Levy County Board of Commissioners is joining the fight.

    FEMA is taking public comment on its proposed maps that put a section of Bronson in a flood plain due to two drainage ditches constructed during the Depression to divert standing waters into Chunky Pond to deter mosquito breeding. As a result, FEMA has determined there is a risk of flooding and homeowners need to purchase flood insurance.

  • ‘PAWS-itively’ powerful

    “Don’t do this!” and “Don’t do that!” all the whole day long. Maybe this was the approach with which many of us were most familiar growing up, but what if someone noticed when we made a good choice, did the right thing? Williston Elementary School’s assistant principal, Angel Thomas, has brought an additional piece to the discipline puzzle we call the Positive Behavior System (PBS).

  • Gainesville ‘Free Friday’ concert