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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Once you have summoned help, you want the emergency responders to find you quickly. It doesn't matter what you need - Law Enforcement, Fire Department, or Ambulance Service - they all have to find the house first! The old saying about "following the smoke to the fire" doesn't work.

  • Levy County Sheriff's reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has announced the following arrests:

    * Jodie M. Schultz, 24, of Inglis was arrested Dec. 7 for driving while under the influence of alcohol. She was released on her own recognizance (ROR).

    * Leisa A. Thomas, 37, of Bronson was arrested Dec. 5 for uttering a forged instrument and grand theft. Bond $10,000.

    * Susie A. Bennett, 52, of Chiefland was arrested Dec. 6 for larceny. ROR.

  • Williston Police Reports

    A young man walking down the street with a paintball gun was arrested for burglary by the Williston Police Department, and a day later the resident of the burglarized home was arrested for possession of stolen property.

    On Dec. 3, an animal control officer notified city police about two white males carrying a paintball gun walking down Northeast First Avenue. One of the suspects, identified as Duncan R. Anderson, 18, of Northwest 160th Avenue, allegedly told officers he had taken three paintball guns from 118 N.E. First Ave.

  • Toy giveaway

    The Tri-County Pregnancy Center held its annual toy giveaway last Saturday morning. Shown setting up the stuffed animals are Emily and Alyssa Merchant who volunteered to help those less fortunate.

  • Christmas lights shine at Williston event

    At the annual Light Up Williston event last Friday evening, Mayor Gerald Hethcoat reminded residents how cold it had been during the ceremonies the previous year.

    No such problem this time.

    On a beautiful Florida night, the annual parade and the lighting of the decorations in Linear Park drew large crowds to the downtown area on Dec. 7.

    Hethcoat gave a welcoming speech, asking the crowd who knew what special day it was. Bradley Perkins, 9, had the right answer: "Pearl Harbor remembrance day."

  • Business Council names new director

    From a field of 12, one person stood out as the best choice to replace former Nature Coast Business Development Council (NCBDC) Executive Director Pam Blair, according to a panel of community leaders.

    Amanda Douglas, the 28-year-old daughter of Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, received approval and was confirmed by the NCBDC Board of Directors in her new post on Dec. 6, NCBDC Chair Carol McQueen said.

    Starting salary is $31,000 and after six months the annual salary will be $31,500, McQueen said. There are no benefits. Douglas understands this, she said.

  • Wild observations

    This weekend has been one glorious day after another. Still, when is the colder weather going to arrive? Perhaps the birds know something. This morning flocks of them chittered, scolded, hopped and flew outside my cabin.

    Robins and towhees traversed the wood edges. Palm warblers swooped over the ground. Wrens chattered and warbled to each other along the fence row, and bluejays, titmice and cardinals flew among the trees, commenting in their own voices.

  • Upcoming events

    CFCC Levy offers class on organizing

    Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer a course on overcoming obstacles to organization, just in time to satisfy those New Year's resolutions of becoming more orderly.

    The new course, Organizing Begins in the Brain, will be offered 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 and 20, at the Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd. in Chiefland. The course fee is $25.

  • From the kitchen

    This is the time of year when we are attending functions celebrating the holiday season. This usually means sampling many different kinds of foods set out on a buffet table including appetizers. These are best described as a variety of tasty finger foods.

    For more intimate settings such as your own living room in front of a warm glowing fire; something as simple as a plate of sliced cheese (or container of cheese spread) and a few tasty crackers and a glass of your favorite wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) and a good book will make for a cozy and entertaining evening.

  • Art League holds drawing

    With eyes tightly closed, Samantha Slaughter, the recently crowned Little Miss Williston, reached in three different times to pull a ticket to see who would win the three prizes made by members of the Williston Art League. The league held one of its fund raisers for the Art Agazarm/Williston Art League Art Scholarship. The prizes had been on display at Perkins State Bank.