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Today's News

  • School’s Out for Perry

    After 36 years in the classroom, Yvonne Perry, right, is calling it quits and last week family, friends, co-workers and former students honored her with a retirement reception at Williston Middle School. Strings ‘n Things violinists Fritz Junker and Wyeth Read were accompanied by Lisa Posteraro and played harmonious music as Perry greeted guests.

  • Another T.E.A. Party set

    Volunteers across Northern Florida are organizing a T.E.A (Taxed Enough Already) party to be held on the 4th of July at Forest Capital Park in Perry, Florida, on U.S. 19 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

    The T.E.A party is a national movement to protest the spending of trillions of dollars “which will leave future generations with a huge debt they must pay” according to one of the local organizers, Jan Hopkins. “It’s time to let the voice of the silent majority in this country be heard across the country.”

  • Deborah Hart, 45, of Bronson was charged with disorderly intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and solicitation to do lewd acts June 8. The arrest came near the Bronson Motel where witnesses alleged Hart was attempting to do sex acts with Hispanic males in exchange for drugs. None of the Hispanic men questioned would become involved, according to the arrest narrative because they were in the country illegally. Bond was set at $1,000.

    Other arrests by the sheriff’s department included:

  • Best friends together again

    D.J. Bowers and Joey Harris are back together on the baseball diamond. As kids, they always loved to play the game, hoping someday they'd be in the pros. Now, all these years later, the dream still lives for both of them, even if the path isn't the one they expected.

  • Community Calendar

    Tourist Council

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will meet to review grant program applications on Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Agricultural Office Building, 620 N Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

    The meeting is open to the public.

    WAG Annual Meeting

    The Williston Animal group (WAG) will hold its annual membership meeting and election of officers and directors on Saturday, June 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the Williston Fire Hall. Changes to the bylaws will be discussed and voted on.

  • Celebrate your independence in Williston Friday

    It’s a three-day weekend that promises to be filled with all things patriotic and some fun and games on the side.

    Start your holiday weekend here in Williston with the “Freedom–Our Heritage and Our Future” parade at 5 p.m. The Honorable Judge Joseph Smith will be the grand marshal for the parade. At least 60 participants have committed to participating in the parade that runs its course east on Noble Avenue.

  • Peanut Festival left out of tourist tax

    The Levy County Tourist Development Tax, paid by guests at hotels, motels, RV parks and other rental places with a six-month limit on occupancy, are dropping and the county Tourism Development Council has been forced to be choosy about where it spends the taxes.

    In its meeting Thursday, June 25 to review grant applications for the November 2009 to October 2010 cycle, the council’s first action was to drop applications from new events that had not complied with paperwork requirements or provided a budget.

  • Levy residents need to take part in county budget process

    Headlines from every corner of the nation and our state are unanimous in their message… the government bank account is running dry and the cupboard is bare. Florida counties and municipalities report that jobs are on the chopping block, others will see wage freezes, services are being cut and in some cases taxes will rise. Levy County is no different. The “Great Recession” may be on our doorstep.

  • Corporatocracy

    You may well be wondering what a corporatocracy is. Officially it is not a word that appears in any popular dictionary. The word itself is a neologism, a recently coined word that is commonly used but hasn't become mainstream. Every day new words enter our language through books, magazines and newspapers. The Internet (that word was once a neologism as well) has quickly become the most popular venue for new thoughts, ideas and words entering the public domain.

  • Those in ag industry deserve pat on the back

    As we enter the dog days of summer, people will be out enduring our famous heat and our abundant resources available to them; North Central Florida is a great place to be. Whether you’re on a farm handpicking blueberries for pies, cooking steaks on the grill or enjoying watermelon on the river with family and friends, this area provides us with so many great homegrown options to fill our summer time. During these times the agriculture industry can easily be taken for granted by those not directly involved in it.