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Today's News

  • Williston Police Department

    Javier F. DeJesus, 23, of Morriston was arrested July 12 on an active warrant after police officers performed a traffic stop and discovered his window tint was too dark.

    Robert Lee Mozell, 45, of NE 41st Street, Williston was arrested July 9 and charged with theft when he allegedly used a company gas card to fuel four vehicles that did not belong to the company. Eight different transactions were caught on surveillance tape at the locations and the cost came to over $3,300.

     

  • County looks for revenue in citation fee increase

    Drivers and scofflaws beware.

    The Levy County Commission voted unanimously to have the county attorney prepare an ordinance raising the court facility fee tacked onto every citation from $15 to $30.

    The item came up during the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday morning when County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp said Legislature passed the law approving the increase in the 2009 session.

    With 8,000 tickets issued in Levy County annually and many uncontested, a new ordinance could bring in $120,000 a year for the Levy County court facility fund.

  • Williston fugitive caught in North Carolina

    The U.S. Marshals Service and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office working together as part of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) tracked down and arrested a major case federal fugitive, John Roger Sager at a campground in Canton N.C. on Friday, July 17.

    The search for Sager began a little over a one year ago when Sager went on the run.

  • School board cracks down on cell phones

    Warning to Levy County students: you already weren't allowed to use your cellphone, pager or cellphone digital camera during the school day. Now you're really not allowed to.

    At Tuesday's meeting of Levy County School Board, Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek presented some changes to the Student Code of Conduct, the manual that governs student discipline in county schools.

  • Community Calendar

    Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner

    A spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, July 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse.

    For $6, diners will get spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.

    You may eat-in or carryout.

    Dog Wash and More

    Would your canine friends like a swimming lesson, or an opportunity to run a lure course? Do you just want someone else to wash your dog for a change?

  • Church Briefs

    Morriston Baptist

    Go “Down Under” with Morriston Baptist Church during Vacation Bible School on July 26-30 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. A Parents’ Night will be held July 31 at 7 p.m.

    “All Aboard the Boomerang Express,” says Children’s/Youth Pastor John Potts.

    “As your kidaroos travel across Australia, they will discover the vastness of God’s love and they will learn that no matter where they go or what they do in life - it all comes back to Jesus.”

  • Breaking News

    Gov. Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of Chad Johnson to serve on the Levy County Board of Commissioners.

    Johnson will fill the vacancy created by the suspension of Robert Anthony Parker and will serve as interim during his suspension.

    Owen “Chad” Johnson, 38, of Chiefland, is a territory manager for Destron Fearing.

  • Community Calendar

    Woodturners

    Bell WoodTurners, a registered Florida not-for-profit organization, is having its 8th Annual Woodturning Demo/Sale Day on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bell Community Center in Bell.

    All attendees will receive a free, hand turned weed pot (for dried flower arrangements) that are made by chapter members. The Bell Community Center is on Highway 129 in the center of Bell.

  • Nuke plant faces another setback

    The Green Party of Florida and two other groups learned Wednesday that their challenges to Progress Energy Florida’s plans to build two nuclear power reactors in Levy County have standing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their petition to intervene has been granted.

    The move could represent another setback to the utility. In May, it announced construction work on the $17 billion project would be delayed by at least 20 months when the NRC refused to give the utility limited work authorization for excavation and foundation preparation work.

  • Chamber co-founder Joe Lewis dies at 89

    Led by Pan Zettler, Joe Lewis, Frank Etheridge and a handful of others work began to form an organization that would promote Williston to not only Willistonians, but the outside world.

    It was 1985 and it was the formation of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last Friday, Lewis, one of those community-spirited people died after fighting the good fight with cancer. He was 89.

    “He was one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known,” said Zettler. “There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help.”