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Today's News

  • Olivia Davis: A life of faith and service

    Meeting and first talking with Olivia Davis, a person might feel two different ways at the same time. On the one hand, you could feel a little shy because Mrs. Davis herself is reserved in a stately sort of way that brings to mind a personage like the Queen Mother. On the other hand, because she pays close attention to what is being asked of her and then makes every effort to be helpful, you also feel welcome and cared about, like you would with a friend.

  • ‘It’s a Jungle Out There’

    The First Grade classes of Joyce Bullock Elementary will perform “It’s a Jungle Out There” Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Thursday, Nov. 12.

    The theme of this program fits in well with Joyce Bullock’s year-long theme, “Wild About Learning”. The program features a very unhappy lion, King Leo, and his quest to find happiness. With the help of his royal court, the key to happiness is found in a most unusual place.

  • No go yet on water authority

    The Levy County Commission did not act on forming a new countywide water authority, although Comissioner Danny Stevens of Williston wanted it to OK a resolution saying they look forward to doing so.

    Instead, the commission settled for sending a letter, signed by Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland, saying they have agreed to hold a joint workshop on the region’s water supply with the Suwannee River Water Management District and South West Florida Water Management District. The county’s eight municipalities will also be invited to the session.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Well, I guess we seniors can all be proud of the organization that is supposed to help us, huh?

    They are now helping us with their endorsement of OBAMACARE, isn’t that wonderful?

    Do they now want to control us also? Are you ready to give up your freedom, your liberty? Wasn’t this the reason our great country was founded?

  • Forced public apologies are ineffective and breach juvenile privacy

    “I have suffered the consequences;” “I apologize for what I did to the school;” and “I’m sorry for what I did.” These three phrases are quoted from the forced apologies given by three teenage girls a couple of weeks ago in front of more than 600 students during lunchtime at Bronson Middle High School. In June, the girls vandalized the campus, writing on walls with permanent marker the last day of school.

  • Sheriff's Report

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

    William R. Wachtstetter, 56, of Ocklawaha was charged Nov. 5 with grand theft after his tenant reported more than $30,000 in farm equipment and tools missing from his property. Bond was $50,000.

    Jarvis O’Brian Green, 21, of Chiefland was charged Nov. 6 with possession of crack cocaine. Bond was $10,000.

    Alexis Troy Mullins, 24, of Chiefland was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with possession of crack cocaine and sell of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church. Bond was $30,000.

  • Man charged with second degree murder after wife shot

    In October Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, and Charles Edwin Duke, 23, picked up a marriage license. They had been in an off and on relationship for several years.

    They returned from their honeymoon on Nov. 3 and Fine, who worked as a front desk clerk at Island House in Cedar Key, went to work the next day. Duke did not go to work.

    When she came home, the couple argued about money, alcohol and an unpaid credit card bill at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

  • Red Devils are district runner up

    “Bolles here we come!” said a jubilant Red Devil coach Derek Chipoletti following a nail-biting, double overtime victory over the Mount Dora Hurricanes in the tie breaker quarter for the district runner-up spot.

    After Mount Dora played Newberry to a 0-0 tie in their quarter of play, the two teams went to overtime.

    The Panthers scored first, but were unable to convert the two-point try following a penalty on the Hurricanes that put the ball on the one and a-half yard line.

  • Woman charged with fraud, grand theft

    Williston police have charged a Gainesville woman with grand theft, forgery, uttering a forged instrument and criminal use of personal information after she allegedly stole a check and credit card numbers from a Williston resident.

    Aja A. Hammonds, 26, was arrested in late October.

    According to the police report, Hammonds cashed a stolen check in the amount of $3,000 at Perkins State Bank. A surveillance tape shows her entering the bank and speaking with a teller.

  • Red Devils finish regular season with win; on to Jax Friday

    It wasn't pretty for either team in their final regular season game. Both teams had numerous turnovers and both teams had trouble keeping the yellow flags off the field.

    But the Red Devils proved to be the better team as they ran and passed their way past the Union County Tigers 25 -14 in a game that looked like pre season for both teams.

    For the Tigers, this was their last game for the 2009 season as they finished with a 4-6 over all record.