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Today's News

  • El Nino brings high risk of extreme weather, tornado activity

    El Nio is here, and the National Weather Service and the Levy County Emergency Management are urging residents to prepare for potential severe weather caused by its impacts.

    El Nio, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I want to wish “Cracker” Johnson well, as he serves Levy County as the District-1 Commissioner. As a former Commission Candidate in the 2008 election, I campaigned along side of Mr. Blitch and Mr. Macri. and thought the governor would have appointed these two gentlemen.

    These two candidates walked a lot of miles on the campaign trail and spent a lot of money to run. They also garnered a lot of votes.

  • SVP auction nets big haul

    “Who’ll give me a 10 dollar bill?” was the question of the night Saturday as auctioneer Bob Martin of Otter Creek helped ring up more than $2,300 in sales of donated items to benefit Suwannee Valley Players.

    The Players are just six weeks into a massive, year-long fund-raising push to bring in $20,000 towards renovating the historic Chief Theatre. Saturday’s auction struck the first blow in the effort, as area businesses and individuals dug deep to help the 27-year-old community theater group upgrade its premises.

  • Sheriff's Report

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

    • Shane Michael Akes, 29, of Trenton was charged July 30 with animal cruelty after a horse was found on his property. According to the sheriff’s report, the horse had most likely laid in the same spot for several days and had no food, grass of hay. Its bones were visible through its skin, the report said. The horse was euthanized by a Newberry veterinarian. Akes’ bond was $5,000.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Anthony Bernard Daily, 30, of Webster, was charged Aug. 6 with driving while license suspended/revoked, times three, with knowledge.

    • Johnny Lee Coleman, 20, of Gainesville was arrested on a warrant from Alachua County on Aug. 1 for a sex offense with a victim between 12-15 years old.

    • Andrew McBride, 56, of Morriston was charged with retail theft (shoplifting) on Aug. 5 after he allegedly took a beer from a store without paying for it.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday, Aug. 15

    Stuff the Bus

    Take advantage of back-to-school specials now and buy school supplies to help the Levy Schools Foundation Stuff the Bus on Aug. 15.

    All supplies collected will be distributed among the county’s teachers for use by Levy County students.

    In Williston, a bus will be at Hitchcock’s Foodway from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and in Bronson it will be at the Buy N Save Grocery.

    Cash donations are welcomed and will be used to buy supplies in bulk.

    Items needed include:

    • Pens

  • Breaking News TS Ana forms in Atlantic Ocean

     National Hurricane Center in Miami announced early this morning the formation of the first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

    As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Ana was moving west at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was located approximately 920 miles east of the Leeward Islands, the chain of islands southeast of Puerto Rico, latitude 14.3 north and longitude 48.3 west.

  • Breaking News Tropical Storm Claudette forms in Gulf; TS Ana, TS Bill form in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Storm Claudette is located approximately 100 miles west-southwest of Levy County and is moving north-northwest at approximately 16 mph.

    The Storm is a relatively small system, said Charlie Paxton of the National Weather Service-Ruskin. Cedar Key can expect only a half to one foot above normal tide, he said.

    There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the Levy County coastal areas.

    “All the rain is off shore right now,” Paxton said. “As for this afternoon, nothing is certain right now.”

  • Williston teen tours Europe as ambassador in People to People Program

    WOW! That’s all I can really say. Europe was awesome, though it was kinda dirty and there were a lot of beggars and people wanting to steal stuff it was still nice and beautiful.

    As a quick overview these are the things that I did on my trip. The first day after about a 10-hour flight, we arrived in Paris in the morning so we stayed up about 36 hours straight just looking around and getting to know the delegates with us.

  • Breaking News Tropical Depression Four forms in Gulf; TS Ana, TS Bill form in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Depression Four is located approximately 100 miles west-southwest of Levy County and is moving north-northwest at approximately 16 mph.

    The Depression is a relatively small system, said Charlie Paxton of the National Weather Service-Ruskin. Cedar Key can expect only a half to one foot above normal tide, he said.

    There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the Levy County coastal areas.

    “All the rain is off shore right now,” Paxton said. “As for this afternoon, nothing is certain right now.”