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Today's News

  • Put Fair commitments on hold

    Just a few weeks ago, I wrote what a good time I had at the Levy County Fair.

    That really hasn't changed, but a few revelations about the financial condition of the Fair have put a new spin on things.

    Forget the legal problems; they should clear up. It's the fact that the Fair is in the red that should concern people, especially local governments.

    By the way, if you pledged money to the Fair Association to help with expenses, and you haven't lived up to you pledge, please do so. But that's another matter.

  • Bishop to visit church for dedication

    Holy Family Catholic Church, established in 1968, has completed its third renovation.

    There will be a Rededication and Blessing Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. Bishop Victor Galeone of the Diocese of St. Augustine will preside over the celebration. He will be rededicating the church that has been doubled in size as well as blessing two new buildings, including a new parish hall and a beautiful new Angel House.

    Also invited are Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, pastors of the local Churches, former pastors of Holy Family, and friends of the parish from outlaying areas.

  • Upcoming tax amendment explained

    First of four parts

    BRONSON - Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently provided the first of four informational releases to explain a ballot question set for the Jan. 29 election.

    Akins said that based on an average of 18 mills, a home valued at or above $75,000 would generate about $188.50 in savings if this proposed revision to the Florida Constitution is approved by voters.

    Akins performed more calculations to show actual savings at current millages for various parts of Levy County for the increased Homestead Exemption amendment.

  • Williston resident, 19, dies in wreck

    A 19-year-old from Williston was killed Monday when he apparently lost control of his car at the intersection of State Road 121 and County Road 316 south of the city.

    Ethan Monette was turning from 121 onto 316 when he hit a power pole.

    He had attended Williston High School and worked for a fencing company. He was heading toward a family New Year's Eve gathering.

  • From the kitchen

    Christmas and even New Year's is past for another year. We have all somehow survived one more year of trying some new recipes and making the traditional ones. It seemed like I would never be done; there was always one more recipe to prepare. But then, a few days before Christmas, everything was made and stored so that gift plates could be made and Jim and I would have goodies throughout the remainder of the season.

  • Upcoming events

    Fair group to meet

    The general meeting of the Levy County Fair Association will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Williston City Hall.

    'Grease' auditions set

    "Grease" is the word for the Suwannee Valley Players, who will perform the musical in March.

    Auditions are being held Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m. and Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Chief Theatre, 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.

  • Community calendar

    Saturday, January 5

    Friends of the Williston Library, Book Fair, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Center in the the City Hall Complex.

    Monday, January 7

    AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday, January 8

  • Wild observations

    Along with changes in terrain, I've also observed changes in mood while walking in our natural Florida landscapes.

    Recently I've been out in the woods during dusk, when the sun is disappearing and the trees look black against an orange-streaked sky.

    At dusk in the next door woods and around the cabin my mood can becomes peaceful and quiet as I watch for night creatures to come forth.

  • School lunches

    All meals served with assorted milk, 1% or 2 %.

    MONDAY, JAN. 7

    No school.

    TUESDAY, JAN. 8

    Corn dog, or chicken fingers; French fries / baked beans/cole slaw; cinnamon roll / mixed fruit.

    WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9

    Macaroni and cheese w/ham, or popcorn chicken; mixed vegetables/salad; carrot sticks w/dip; chilled pears/plum. Homemade rolls.

    THURSDAY, JAN. 10

    Fried chicken or hot dog on bun, mashed potatoes w/gravy, blackeye pease/cole slaw; chilled mixed fruit/apple; corn bread.

    FRIDAY, JAN. 11

  • CNA students honored

    Central Florida Community College recognized 11 students that completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program at the Levy Center.

    The CNA program prepares students to work in the health care field as nursing assistants and to take and pass the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant exam. It consists of 80 hours of classroom and lab training as well as 40 hours of clinical experience in a local health care facility. Classes are held at the Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd. in Chiefland, with clinical experience taking place at Ayres Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton.