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Today's News

  • Perkins Financial names scholarship winners

    Perkins Financial Group announces the 2009 recipients of the Perkins Financial Group Scholarship and the winner of the prestigious President’s Scholarship for $6,000.

  • August hearing set on exotic animal operation

    The owners of a controversial exotic animal sanctuary in the Small Farms subdivision has filed a request for a special exception to zoning regulations to allow them to keep the lion, tiger, bear, two chimpanzees they have on the property.

  • School grades are in: Levy gets a ‘B’

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades last week, giving the Levy County School District as a whole a B grade, the same it received last year.

    “We are proud of our schools, proud of our teachers,” said Patrick Wnek, Director of Curriculum. “We want to congratulate our students and teachers for a job well done – of course, parents play a big role in that as well.”

    Eight schools in the county received an A, including all elementary and middle schools, as well as Cedar Key School.

  • Where do the Ten Commandments belong?

    So a move is afoot in Levy County to place a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.

    The county commission last week OK’d guidelines for monuments on the courthouse lawns.

    We have one at the Chiefland City Hall. It’s a huge black and white monolith. It’s there because the Chiefland Commission expressed the need for more prayer in the community.

    I pass it at least once a day during the week.

    I often use the sighting as a mental test to see if I can still remember all 10 directions.

  • Family book clubs instill interest in reading and academic success

    “The way to establish a familial tradition of reading is simple: read books, then talk about them.”

    While attending high school graduation for my daughter recently a parent asked me what the secret is to raising children who are successful in school. I was caught a bit off guard. I was emotional as I always am when seeing developing minds recognized for their achievements. I didn’t have an answer ready.

    Of all the things that I could have mentioned, the first thing out of my mouth was to encourage a household culture of reading.

  • Superintendent restructures district

    In an effort to streamline costs Superintendent Bob Hastings announced the elimination of eight administrative positions Tuesday, including Director of Literacy, Director of Secondary Education, Assistant Director of MIS/Technology, Coordinator of Testing/Attendance/Truancy, Coordinator of Supplemental Educational Services, Coordinator of ESOL, Teacher on Special Assignment over Instruction/Curriculum, and Evaluation Specialist.

    “The positions are no longer there or their responsibilities have changed,” Hastings told the School Board.

  • Unemployment rates up again

    Today’s release of unemployment data for Citrus, Levy and Marion Counties shows an increase of unemployment rates, according to the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Kathryn J. Shroke, 23, of Morriston was arrested June 26 on a Gilchrist County warrant for Failure to Appear, petit theft.

    • Jeffrey Earl Stark, 45, of NE 10th Street was arrested June 24 for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, with knowledge after he was pulled over in a traffic stop for allegedly running a stop sign on W. Noble Avenue.

  • Bird will rope ‘em in New Mexico July 19

    Dillon Bird, an 11th grade student at Williston High School has earned a position on the Florida high school rodeo team and will travel to Farmington, N. Mex. July 19-25 to compete at the 61st Annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the team roping competition.

    Over 1,500 contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia will be featured.

    Bird and Jonathon Torrez from Marion County were the state team roping champions for the state of Florida.

  • First Catch

    Using live shiners for bait, Cassidie Persinger, 12, of Morriston caught her first fish-an 8-pound bass-from the Withlacoochee River on June 11. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Lee Ann Persinger, also of Morriston.