Today's News

  • Breaking News--New judge named

    Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning, 53, of Archer, has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench.

    He has prosecuted sex crimes while serving in State Attorney Bill Cervone's office in Gainesville, In April, Browning and and James Colaw were designated to staff the Special Prosecutions Unit, focusing on cases and defendants

    who are considered to be of significance to the community.

    Browning was also responsible for such cases in Gilchrist and Levy Counties, while Colaw had responsibil-

  • Permitting process delays King Road Mine one year

    Levy County’s hopes for growing business in the county has been dealt a second setback with the announcement that Tarmac America is moving the start date for construction of the King Road Mine from 2010 to 2011.

    The company said the delay is due to a longer than anticipated permitting and review schedule for the limerock mine in south Levy County. Company officials had planned on a four-year process but now expect it could take five years.

  • Unmentionables and other clothing, Part Two

    Last month you read my complaints about drawers—the wearable kind—that won’t droop the way I like and the fact that this nation now imports 95 per cent of all clothing available in our stores. I closed with this:

    We are a nation of consumers—but we are not rational about how and what we buy. When we started importing goods with the excuse that they’re more “affordable,” we also started the death process of everything “made in the U.S.A.”

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Christopher Wayne Pryor, 24, of Ocala was charged Dec. 13 with possession of marijuana, less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance.

    Anthony Leroy Thomas, 42, of Bronson was charged Dec. 12 with fleeing/eluding, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting with violence. Bond was $2,000.

    Nathaniel Walters, 40, of Morriston was charged Dec. 11 with Violation of Probation (VOP) grand theft auto. Bond was $7,500.

  • Williston burns Ft. White

    The 2-0 Red Devils, fresh off robust wins over Bronson and Chiefland, made the already chilly, rainy night even more miserable for the Ft. White Indians turning the game into a 70-25 scalping to open their district play.

    The Red Devils played outstanding defense as the team accounted for 22 steals in the first half alone, as they took a commanding 54-15 half time lead.

  • Resident continues to call for mayor’s resignation

    “Mr. Mayor, again I ask you to step down,” Bronson resident C.W. Gilbert said at the town council meeting Monday night. “We need solid representation in this town.”

    Gilbert told the Bronson council that after last month’s meeting, he went to town hall and requested a copy of the tape for the Sept. 25 meeting. Schuler corrected Gilbert, stating that the meeting was held Sept. 28.

  • Well done, done well

    I’ve never really thought of myself as a revolutionary leader, but the time has come to create my own army.

    My army will not invade other countries, even if we create plenty of reasons to do so. My army will not have basic training and we will not prop up an industrial complex.

    Instead, we will eat meat. The meat will be beef. And the beef will be cooked.

    On this day, I stand before mankind and shake my fist defiantly in the air and shout that I shall eat no more rare beef!

  • May Christmas still hold surprises

    Chris Festo’s recent column about his experiences at Toys ‘R’ Us brought back memories about Christmas when I was a child. It’s a very long time ago.

    Hearken back, those of you who can, to the early 1950’s. I was nine and my sister Kathy, five. (We were born on each side of WWII). On Dec. 23, Daddy’s birthday, he put up the tree (a real one) and the lights, and then we decorated it. Traditional tree balls, special ornaments, and tinsel, one strand at a time (I’ve always hated tinsel).

  • Community Happenings

    Thursday, Dec. 10

    Judge Smith Reception

    Judge Joseph E. Smith will be honored with a reception Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Bronson Elementary School Cafeteria, Ishie Ave., Bronson.

    Remarks will be made at 5:30 p.m.

    Smith is retiring after more than 16 years on the bench.

    Friday, Dec. 11

    Light Up Williston Parade

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for this year’s Light Up Williston parade.

  • Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Officer reports the following arrested from Nov. 30-Dec. 4:

    Mary E. Davis, 23, of Dunnellon was arrested Dec. 4 and charged with Violation of Probation (VOP) battery, sex with victim between 12-15 years old. Bond was $10,000.

    Shawn J. Reinhart, 28, of Fanning Springs was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR) Dec. 4. He was released on his own recognizance.

    Charles Lenon Jenkins of Williston was arrested Dec. 4 on a writ of bodily attachment. Bond was $2,160.