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Today's News

  • Wild observations

    Well, even nature observers get kolds in their doses sometimes. I go on a trip?I get a cold. A pattern is emerging here.

    Both times to Europe I come back either already with a cold or I developed one soon after.

    This was my first road trip in years and ... you know the rest.

    The column still had to be written despite sneezing, coughing, dripping and general malaise. A friend, Alice, was willing to take me on a day trip to explore an unknown, to me, conservation area in Gainesville. There are several of these little pieces of land set aside for nature.

  • From the kitchen

    This Thanksgiving weekend you will want to have lots of baked goods on hand for your own family and any visiting relatives and friends. In addition to the traditional pumpkin, apple and pecan pies that followed the delicious turkey dinner you served; you may want a few extras to serve with coffee in the morning or as an evening snack.

  • Quilt show under way

    The Log Cabin Quilters are holding their 24th annual Quilt Show through Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at the Levy County Quilt Museum, 11050 N.W.10th Ave., Chiefland.

    There are crafts and quilts, baked goods, a chicken and dumpling dinner on Saturday, Dec. 8, and a quilt drawing Sunday, Dec. 9.

    For information call Winnelle Horne at 493-2801.

  • Crystal River eliminates Williston

    CRYSTAL RIVER - Williston’s appearance in the Class 3A playoffs ended Friday night in an aerial attack by the Crystal River quarterback.

    Helped by some timely penalties against the Red Devils, the Pirates won the wide-open contest, 53-49. Crystal River travels to North Marion this Friday night.

    So committed to the pass were the Pirates that they had only two running plays other than those by quarterback Shay Newcomer. One was a fumble, and the other was a late touchdown.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Dept. announces the following arrests:

    Brenda Kay Reagan, 46, of Southwest Eighth Place, Williston, was charged with domestic battery after allegedly striking her roommate.

    Raul Garcia, 21, of Southeast Fifth Terrace, Williston was charged with resisting without violence, careless driving and failure to yield while making a left turn after he was involved in an auto accident and denied he was driving the vehicle.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Hello and welcome to Your Sheriff?s Corner. As we begin to feel the first winds of winter, I would like to remind all our citizens to keep safety in mind when cranking up the fireplace or space heater, including making sure that smoke detectors are working.

    Disaster can occur in seconds, but following a few safety tips will keep your family safe.

    Kerosene Heaters

    Be sure your heater is in good working condition. Inspect exhaust parts for carbon build-up. Be sure the heater has an emergency shut off in case the heater is tipped over.

  • Levy County Sheriff reports

    The following people were arrested by members of the Levy County Sheriff's Office as suspects in crimes, according to records provided by the LCSO.

    * John Edward Blair Jr., 41, of Newberry was arrested on an Alachua County warrant on Nov. 7 for dealing in stolen property. No bond.

    * Gerald R. Coleman, 37, of Williston was arrested Nov. 5 for aggravated battery and obstruction of justice. Bond $17,500.

    * Denise Stefanik, 37, of Chiefland was arrested Nov. 6 for two counts of dealing in stolen property. Bond $15,000.

  • It was a REAL fair

    Here's hoping that the Levy County Fair comes back next year. I missed a lot of it because I was on vacation, but I got to visit the event on Monday and really liked what I saw.

    It was a good, old-fashioned midway, with games and rides and food, lots of food, including hot dogs, burgers, Italian sausage, pork sandwiches, cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples, nachos, cheese sticks and ribbon fries, just to name a few.

    There were some old familiar names in the games, particularly Skee-ball, bust-a-balloon, cork guns, go fishing.

  • WMS put on lockdown

    On Nov.13, about 3:15 p.m., a school faculty member observed an individual in the woods adjacent to Williston Middle School armed with a gun. As a safety precaution the school implemented its lockdown procedures.

    There were no threats made to the students, school faculty or administrators. School officials took all necessary steps to provide a safe and secure environment.

  • Wild observations: Autumn leaves in Tennessee

    I know the color of fall leaves can be pretty in our area, but my whole concept of autumn got reworked after visiting Tennessee the first week of November. I'd forgotten just how breathtakingly beautiful fall scenery can be.