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Today's News

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    In the past week or 10 days, I have read three or four similar accounts of this situation. Without exception, each report contained only half truths, gossip and surprisingly inaccurate statements by Levy County elected officials. Although state laws and Captive Exotic Animal statistics are readily available on the Internet, no one seems inclined to put any effort into accessing them.

    Anything I say can be verified and I will try to give site addresses for anyone interested in facts.

  • Progressive View Introduction

    You don’t often see a newspaper column written by two people, but Terry and I believe that together we can introduce readers to the local aspects of a wide variety of topics that make national headlines. This column will appear twice each month, and we will be trading off authorship. Hopefully you won’t find this confusing—you can assume that we agree on an issue unless we state otherwise. Here’s the story on how Terry and I came up with our idea to work together….

  • Single payer health care

    Last month Barbara and another member of Progressive Voices of Levy County, Drollene Brown, handed out single-payer literature at the farmer’s market in Williston. Almost everyone was willing to stop and discuss the issue. Most agreed that every American should have equal access to comprehensive health care. And some shared their own health care-related nightmares, such as the man who told how his employer had quit paying for health insurance in order to keep everyone’s wages the same, but then cut everyone’s wages anyway.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    There is a fight going on right now in Levy County, a fight between a neighborhood and a few who want to put a rock mine in our backyard. They have a lot of claims about how it would benefit our community, but, we know better.

    I am asking the citizens of Williston to get involved with us in Montbrook to stop the mine on CR 322. It will only be a few miles from your city limits, near your schools and your backyards. Just remember, when the wind blows from the south, the dust and the noise may be headed your way.

  • Serving Our Country

    Army Pvt. William M. Vaughan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

  • Yulee- Diddley Day is Saturday

    Though there’s a lot going on this weekend, the Yulee-Diddley Day in Archer is promising to be a statewide event that will see thousands of people descend on the village to our north.

    At the Williston Chamber of Commerce last week, Yulee-Diddley Day promoter Bert Wetherington told members that vendors from across Florida have committed to the day which combines to honor David Levy Yulee, Florida’s first state senator and this county’s namesake, and Music Hall of Famer Bo Diddley, who died last year.

  • Former coach exonerated

    Guy Bubba Nall, former Chiefland and Trenton sports coach, walked out of Levy County’s Courthouse a free man on Friday after being acquitted and found not guilty on charges he engaged in sexual activities with a child.

    He was acquitted of a charge of sexual offense against a child under the age of 12 by trial Judge Stan R. Morris. A six-man jury found Nall not guilty of three charges of sexual assault of a child between the ages of 12 and 18 by an authority, custodial or familial figure. He was arrested in Chiefland in September 2007 on the charges.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • Kurtis L. Daniels, 23, of Bronson was charged May 27 with possession of marijuana, less than 20 grams. He was released on his own recognizance.

    • Terry Lawrence Mead, 34, of Panama City was arrested on a Failure to Appear (FTA) warrant, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bond was $25,000.

    • Dean Page, 43, of Chiefland was arrested May 28 and charged with drugs, drug equipment, failure to pay child support and tampering with evidence. Bond was $3,150.

  • Williston Police

    Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Bryce J. Delury, 27, of Williston was charged May 27 with forgery and uttering a forged instrument when he allegedly took 11 checks from an elderly relative’s checkbook and forged her signature so someone else could cash them. The checks totaled $1,400.

    • Wilson B. James, 55, of Williston was arrested May 27 on a Violation of Probation (VOP) warrant.

    • Ray Destin Reza, 32, of Bronson was charged May 27 with Driving While License Suspended/Revoked (DWLSR) times nine.

  • Still Jivin' at 95

    Amy Dixon proved Tuesday that you’re never too old to shake your booty to the music you love. Dixon, a Jamaica native who has lived in the U.S. since 1945, turned 95 Tuesday and celebrated with family and friends at Williston Rehab. After the cake presentation, Dixon asked for the music to be turned to reggae and as soon as it started, she got up and busted some moves. Dixon has lived in Florida for 30 years, coming here from New York where she was a dietitian at St. Vincent’s Hospital.