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Today's News

  • Courthouse renovations go out for bid

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County needs a new courthouse, but the project is too cost-prohibitive at the moment.

    That’s what Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, found in exploring the courthouse’s infrastructure needs and the options available.

    However, he concluded there are affordable short-term options available to address its pair of most pressing security needs.

  • BACE rejects variance request

    Residents always have the right to make application for variance requests, but just because a request is made, it doesn't mean it will happen or that it's even lawful.

    Judy Marino learned that lesson the hard way Monday night after more than 30 minutes of testimony before the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE).

    Marino asked that she be allowed to place a manufactured home on 3.5 acres she owns on NE 6th Blvd.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Aug. 15, Christopher Scott Allen, 41, Inglis, two counts FTA. Bond $3,000.

    • Aug. 16, David Anthony Blevins, 31, Old Town, failure to leave property upon order of owner. Bond $2,000.

    • Aug. 18, William Edward Coggins, 45, Inglis, possession not more than 20 grams, and/or use. Bond $2,000.

    • Aug. 18, Keary Nevin Doke Jr., 30, High Springs, DWLS, VOP. Bond $2,000.

    • Aug. 18, Brenda Forsyth, 64, Branford, petit theft. Bond $25,000.

  • The hair evolution

    What is it with women and their hair?

    Good hair days, bad hair days. We seem to be ruled by the shape, cut and color of our hair.

    The female friends I have who aren't concerned about their hair have done the thing that makes the most sense – they've cropped it close to their heads leaving no question about whether it's a good hair day or not. Every day is the same.

    I wish I were one of those women who didn't worry about their hair. But I'm not.

  • Representative garners Levy support for texting bill

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Emily Slosberg, a Democratic State Representative from Boca Raton, was a long way from her home district.

    But in her visit to Levy County earlier this month, she found common ground in support of her cause – passing stricter texting-while-driving laws.

    Her passion has led her on a statewide campaign to drum up support to pressure the legislature to strengthen the state’s texting and driving laws.

  • Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

    Just over five years ago Marguerite Robinson hovered in the background when her husband, Jerry, was elected to the Williston City Council and was, for a short time, its president.

    Now it will be Mr. Robinson who lingers in the shadows since Williston's newest council member is Mrs. Robinson.

    Tuesday night, Judge Tim Browning swore in the new councilwoman who qualified without opposition to fill the unexpired term of Tim Hass who resigned in July.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Aug. 9, Delmare Daniel Alewine, 44, High Springs, DUI, fleeing with disregard of safety to persons or property.
    • Aug. 10, Cheryl D. Barnett, 33, Chiefland, DUI. Bond $500.
    • Aug. 11, Krista Lynn Biehl, 20, Chiefland, DUI. Bond $500.
    • Aug. 12, Omar Jamil Blake, 38, Chiefland, grand theft, theft of trade secrets. Bond $20,000.
    • Aug. 9, Tyree Lamont Brown, 31, Williston, DWLS-habitual. Bond $2,500.
    • Aug. 8, Melton Lee Cannon, 49, Chiefland, FTA.
    • Aug. 10, Cody Clemens Deer, 24, Chiefland, FTA. Bond $5,000.

  • Happenings

    August

    Movie In The Park
    The city of Williston presents a Movie in the Park at the Heritage Park Pavilion Friday, Aug. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
    The movie – a tale as old as time – is a recent adaption of a timeless childhood classic.
    Admission is free and popcorn and drink will be provided free. Bring a chair or blanket and your family.

    Vet Fest
    Meridian SSVF and ForVets are sponsoring a Vet Fest Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 SW 80th Ave., Trenton.

  • County criticized over handling of insurance, wage changes

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners Tuesday came under criticism during public comments for their handling of recent changes to insurance and wages for county employees.

    The Board on July 18 voted unanimously to cap insurance payouts while offering tiered offsets in the form of increased wages.

  • Chamber Notes

    Peanut Festival

    It's time to start thinking about the 29th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival, scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 7.

    The Williston Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for booth space at the event. Visit www.willistonfl.com or come by the Chamber office at 607 SW 1st Avenue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for an application.

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