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Today's News

  • Guest Column

    Anger is an interesting thing. Not an emotion in and of itself, it is a response to other emotions, such as fear or betrayal. It can be repressed or overt; expressed loudly through physical action or quietly through words; destructive or beneficial.

  • Health Department prepares for back-to-school Swine Flu

    As students head back to school next week, the Levy County Health Department is preparing for potential widespread Novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreaks as soon as school starts.

    “We know we’re going to have clusters of outbreaks when school starts next week,” said Barbara Locke, Levy County Health Department Administrator.

    “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Locke said. “We expect to see clusters of cases " maybe five to 10 at this school one week, and then another five to 10 at that school.”

  • Let the games begin

    Red Devil football fans are just a few days away from seeing their team take the field against the Bradford Tornadoes.

    On Aug. 28, the Red Devils, under the direction of new Head Coach Derek Chippoletti and his staff, will travel to take on a Bradford team that Chippoletti calls “A real good match up team for his Red Devils.”

    “Bradford’s head coach, Steve Hoard, is a defensive minded coach and this game will certainly test our offense right out of the gate,” Chipoletti said.

  • Team Levy considers 9 ways to grow economically

    There are nine areas of potential economic growth for Levy County.   

    John Adams, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Florida, who was one of two key speakers at a Team Levy meeting on Aug. 13, said, “We’re trying to look over the horizon just a little bit to see where those target markets are.”   

  • WPDee^offers car seat class

    The Williston Police Department will host a car seat class between 9 a.m. and noon Sept. 3 at the police department, 5 SW 1st Ave.

    Sign up today and receive a car seat at reduced-cost: $45 (infant, convertible seats and high-back boosters) or $20 (belt-positioning booster seats).

    Car seats are available for $20 to those who are government subsidized and on some kind of public assistance like WIC or Medicaid. Proof of participation will be required at time of purchase.

  • Broadband could bring the world to Levy

    Bringing wireless Internet to Levy County will provide a major boost to the economy, officials with the newly formed North Florida Broadband Authority say.

    “It’s a very large variable when it comes to attracting new businesses,” Pat Lien, project leader for NFBA, said.

    According Lien and other experts, many new businesses will turn away from areas unable to provide such services.

    But he also said broadband would increase opportunities for at-home businesses.

  • WPD gets stimulus grant

    A few more Williston police cars will soon be equipped with video cameras, thanks to a stimulus grant from the Department of Justice.

    The department will use the $24,097 to outfit the cars, according to a spokesman. Currently three cars have video cameras.

    The money is expected in October and comes partially due to the department’s accurate and timely reporting of Uniform Crime Reporting. It is the largest award to a city police department in Levy County.

     

  • Jobless rate jumps to 12.1 percent

    Levy County’s unemployment rate has broken a new barrier rising to 12.1 percent in July, a rise of 0.7 percent from June 2009. The number of individuals without jobs rose from 1,959 to 2,066 in Levy County.

    In contrast, Marion County’s rate stayed the same at 12.6 percent as did Citrus County at 11.9 percent.

  • AMVETSee^plan Labor Day Marathon

    Saturday, Sept. 5: A Car-Truck-Bike Show hosted by the Sons of AMVETS Squadron 88, Bronson (next to the Speedway on S.R. 24). Music is by DJ Jeff. Pulled pork plate ($6) or chicken leg quarters ($5) with sides are available. Pre-registration is $15, or day of show $20. Registration is open from 9 a.m. until noon. Awards presented at 2 p.m. Registration forms are available at Ace Hardware in Bronson or at Post 88.

  • Red Devil defense dominates at Fall Classic

     

    Standing in water on the sidelines over their shoe tops, the playing conditions on the field were not much better.

    However, the Williston junior varsity team played the first half of the Fall Classic and took advantage of a hard hitting defense in both quarters. They forced three fumbles and with just over two minutes to play in the second quarter Austin Chipoletti hit Tre Wilson with a long pass to the Bradford six yard line. Damon Strange took the ball into the end zone on the next play, as the Red Devil JV beat the Bradford JV 6-0 in a half of football.