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Today's News

  • Williston police chief has no plans to retire

    Williston Police Chief Dan Davis will be around for a while.

    At Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, council was presented with a letter sent by city clerk Valerie Anderson after she spoke to Chief Davis about his “requirements for retirement.”

    In the letter, signed by Davis at Anderson’s request, he says that he would consider retirement if the city would contribute 3 percent to his retirement fund (the police rate) rather than the 2.25 percent that applies to general employees.

  • Williston Police Reports

    Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    Franklin Lewis Blankenship, 22, of NW 1st Avenue, was charged July 26 on an Osceola County warrant for aggravated battery.

    Louis Alberto Gaspar, 28, of SE 5th Terrace, was arrested July 27 for no driver’s license.

    Michael William Vazquez, 26, of NE 127th Court, was arrested July 24 for possession, less than 20 grams.

    Tina Louise Butler, 21, of NE 212 Terrace, was charged with forgery, petit theft on July 25.

  • Firearms discovered during Bronson drug bust

    A Bronson man was arrested July 31 and charged with two counts of the sale of a controlled substance and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

    James John Taylor, 37, of NE 75th Street was arrested after drug agents with the Levy County Drug Task Force received information that he was selling Oxycontin from his residence.

    The informant purchased the drug between Oct. 2, 2008 and Nov. 19, 2008.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday,

    Aug. 8

    Back-to-School Rally

    WE SOAR, Inc., will host the 15th Annual Back-to-School Rally on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Allen Chapel AME Church located at 48 NE 9th Street, Williston.

    A rally program will feature the WE SOAR Step/Mime team and other youth performing arts groups. There will be free school supply packs (assembled by appropriate grade-level), door prizes and refreshments.

  • Qualifying open for Bronson election

    Three seats are open in the Sept. 8 Bronson Town Council elections and qualifying has already brought two challengers and plans for a political rally on Aug. 29 at Bronson Youth League Park.

    Up for election are the seats held by: Aaron Edmondson in Seat One, Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo in Seat Three and Melody La Flam in Seat Five.

    Restaurant owner Jim Beck, who heads the town’s Sewer Committee, has announced he will seek the seat held by Edmundson.

  • County sets tentative millage rate at 8 mills

    The property tax millage for Levy County is tentatively set at 8 mills, but that could change as the Board of Commissioners keeps whittling the budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody said property owners will see the 8 mills rate on their TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices that will be mailed out, but that rate is not set in stone and it could go down.

  • Church News

    Holy Family Fish Fry

    The Ladies Guild and Fellowship Ministry of Holy Family Catholic Church will hold a Fish Fry Friday, July 10 at 5 p.m.

    Adult meals are $7 and children’s are $4. Take out is available.

    Benefits from the fund-raiser help meet the financial needs of people within the community.

    Door prizes will also be given away.

    Wild Adventures Trip

    Destiny Church of God by Faith is planning a trip to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

  • Seat belt law just got tougher; fine for non-use is $98

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is going to be checking for seat belt use under the new state law that went into effect on Tuesday.

    Drivers need to be aware that the new law allows officers to stop and ticket a driver for not wearing a seat belt even when there is no other traffic violation.

    Under the old law, the ticket could only be issued if the driver was stopped for another traffic infraction and was not wearing a seat belt at the same time.

  • Williston represented in martial arts tournament

    While Williston was celebrating Independence Day here at home with its parade and festivities at Horseman’s Park, some of Williston’s younger “warriors” were representing our town and country in a different battle of the champions.

  • Graduates overcame life's speed bumps to diploma

    It was one of the smallest graduations around: 14 people receiving diplomas at the Levy Campus of Central Florida Community College.

    Thursday’s event also was one of the biggest and most anxiously waited for the graduates and their families.

    The GED — General Equivalency Diploma — graduates at Central Florida Community College’s Levy campus traveled from nearby counties as well as within Levy County to attend class, study, do homework, projects, and answer the questions on quizzes, tests and final exams.