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Today's News

  • 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.

  • The vise tightens as school grade standards get tougher

    New Levy County Schools Assistant Superintendent Gina Tovine is already hip-deep in addressing the greatest challenges affecting area schools. Tovine spoke at Tuesday’s school board meeting, giving an update on Florida Schools Accountability policy.

    Florida Department of Education recently released school grades, and the news was mostly good. District-wide, there has been steady improvement, with Levy County gaining steadily in points each year and earning a grade of “B” again this year.

  • New satellite phones create communications web to aid disaster recovery

    The Levy County Emergency Management has filled a gap in the communications loop throughout the region this week with the arrival of eight new satellite phones, according to LCEM Director Mark Johnson.

    “This plugs a huge communications hole in Levy County,” Johnson said. “If the area is hit with a major storm and all other communications are down, the satellite phones create an emergency responder communications web. We’ll be able to know exactly what the needs of each community are.”

  • Trio arrested after Winn Dixie incident

    Investigator Mark Morgan and Officer Gallup with the Williston Police Department arrested Michelle McNeal for burglary, uttering a forgery, uttering a forged instrument, dealing in stolen property, petit theft and habitual offender for driving with her license suspended. Augustino Jazikoff was arrested for burglary, petit theft and retail theft along with Andrew Phillips for burglary, criminal mischief and petit theft.