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Today's News

  • Gas tax ordinance means higher Levy fuel prices

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    At the meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissions on March 21, the Commission took a step toward addressing the budget shortfall recently faced by the Road Department.

    Behind a four-fifths consensus – Commissioner Lilly Rooks declined to add her voice in support – the county began the process for instituting a five cent tax per gallon on non-diesel gasoline in the county.

  • Veterans Memorial Fund grows

    While one can never be sure, it appears the sadness and embarrassment that one Vietnam veteran feels due to the lack of a veterans memorial may be what tugged at heart strings – and purse clasps.

    After David Wilson appeared before the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) March 13 and expressed his concern that Williston didn't honor its veterans, the money started pouring in.

    From $100 for pavers to larger donations, just about every day the Veterans Memorial Fund has grown.

  • Levy County Fair opens Thursday

    Popcorn, cotton candy, the ferris wheel and more are all part of the allure when the Levy County Fair opens today (Thursday) at Williston’s Industrial Park, across from Horseman’s Park.

    The gates open at 4 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage.

    This year’s fair began last July when the fair association held its annual meeting. From then until now, 12 core volunteers and about three dozen more have planned, scheduled and negotiated to bring the best in family entertainment to Levy County and the surrounding area.

  • A brother like no other

    I lacked three months being four years old when he was born. Memories are sketchy from that period of my life, but I remember with absolute clarity the morning after he was born.

    We lived in a small four-room house heated with two free-standing coal stoves.

    I remember Daddy putting me in the high chair between the cook stove and back door as he rushed to make oatmeal and toast before he and I set out to visit my new baby brother.

  • Levy County Fair Thursday-Sunday
  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • March 19, Christopher Branson, 21, Chiefland, DWLSR.

    • March 15, Joseph Butcher, 37, Chiefland, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription, possession not more than 20 grams, use, possession manufacturing paraphernalia. Bond $3,000.

    • March 19, Miles Christianson, 38, Ocala, DWLS, possession not more than 20 grams. ROR.

    • March 15, Johnny Lee Coleman Jr., 46, Chiefland, fleeing, DWLS.

  • Happenings

    Free Movie In The Park

    The city of Williston will host a Movie in the Park Friday, March 24 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Park Pavilion.

    Popcorn and drinks are provided free.

    Yard Sale

    Rapscallion to the Rescue will host a yard sale Saturday, March 25 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Heritage Park Pavilion on Main Street in Williston.

    All proceeds go toward RttR programs such as Fix it Forward, a spay/neuter initiative for Levy County. The group will also sell raffle tickets for a family four pack of Disney tickets.

  • JV hot streak continues

    The JV Red Devils improved to 6-0-1 overall with two wins on the road before the Spring Break layoff.

    Williston 10 – Chiefland 2

  • Missing woman's body found in Chiefland

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The body of a missing woman from Manatee County was found buried in southwest Chiefland Monday.

    Tricia Freeman, 47, was reported missing last Tuesday in Palmetto, located approximately 40 miles south of Tampa.

    Roy Nichols, 26, the boyfriend of Freeman’s daughter, admitted to murdering Freeman, after he and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer, were taken into custody Saturday in Cabell County, West Virginia, for allegedly stealing Freeman’s car.

  • REDI, willing and able

    It was a morning of brutal honesty when Williston City Planner Josie Lodder explained to members of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) all the barriers that keep the city from being the best it can be.

    REDI, comprised of members from all the state’s major agencies, serves 32 of Florida’s rural counties and was created in 1997 to assist those rural counties and their municipalities to overcome challenges to improve their economies.