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Today's News

  • Social Security COLA will be 1.7 percent in 2013

     Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration announced today.
    The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2012.

  • State will provide two towers; service in Williston, Lower Suwannee should see marked improvement

    Law enforcement officers in Williston and the Lower Suwannee area will be able to hear each other on their 800 Mhz portable radios in those areas and in some buildings, but not all, after the state pays to build two radio towers to carry the signal for the State Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS).
    That was the news from the Levy County Commission and Sheriff’s Office provider on Tuesday, even though the announcement caused some skepticism.

  • Fall on the Prairie raises $50,000 for Haven Hospice

    Set against the warm autumn evening, the Whitehurst Ranch provided the perfect backdrop Saturday for this year’s Fall on the Prairie, a fund-raiser for Haven Hospice.
    From archery demonstrations and  the toe-tapping music of Dottie South and the Slackers to barbecue beans and a silent auction, guests were treated to Southern hospitality on the rambling property while they caught up with old friends and greeted new ones.

  • City asked to consider plan for old schools

    As the Levy County School Board moves ahead with its plans to construct a new middle/high school in Williston, the city council is faced with offering up plans for the old schools when, and if, construction commences.
    Tuesday night, Jeff Edison and Robert Philpot appeared before Williston City Council with an update on the process the school board is going through to get a new school.
    Edison said school board representatives will meet with the state Department of Education officials Oct. 30 as they plan to apply for funding from special facillities funding.

  • Hospital files bankruptcy

    Less than two months after two Texas physicians became majority shareholders in Tri County Hospital-Williston, its parent company, Cypress Health Systems Inc., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Florida Northern Bankruptcy Court.
    The voluntary petition was filed Oct. 5 by Tampa attorney Elena Paras Ketchum  on behalf of the company.
    At Tuesday’s city council meeting, City Attorney Fred Koberlein said the city will need an attorney who will represent the rights of the hospital’s creditors, since the city services the hospital’s utilities.

  • Homecoming Parade Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 10-11-12

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

    Oct. 5, Brandon Adkins, 20, Inglis, battery. Bond $5,000.

    Oct. 7, Donna Lynn Bloodworth, 53, Chiefland, out of county warrant. Bond $25,000.

    Oct. 7, Charles Blumberg, 26, Chiefland, DUI, DWLS. Bond $15,000.

    Oct. 1, Barbara Ann Brewster, 48, Inglis, two out of county warrants. Bond $4,000.

    Oct. 4, Waylon John Campbell, 20, Cedar Key, FTA. Bond $2,000.

  • Council honors Students of the Month

    Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat and the city council honored October Students of the Month during the city council meeting last week.

    Joyce Bullock Elementary’s representative is first grader Angelina Vuto, daughter of Mike and Tony Vuto.

    She was nominated by  Mrs. Hogle, her teacher who made the following comments: 

  • PETA adds $2,500 to reward

     A 10-day-old puppy was buried alive and found on Sept. 27 by Williston police when they heard whimpering. 

    Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the burial and abandonment of this puppy. That's why PETA is adding up to $2,500 to existing rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this callous crime.

  • Cason is a Commended Student

    James Quincy Cason of Williston High School has been named a commended student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
    A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation will be presented by Principal Eulin E. Gibbs to Cason.
    About 24,000 Commended Students through the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
    Commended students place among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who were entered in the 2013 competition.
    He is the son of Jimmy and Trina Cason.