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Today's News

  • Budget brainstorming

    You can go lower but you can't go higher.

    That was the Williston City Council's logic Tuesday night when it proposed the 2019-2020 millage at 6.5, an increase of .25 from the current fiscal year.

    State law mandates that government bodies can lower the millage after it sets a tentative rate but they can't increase it no matter what occurs in budget discussions later.

  • Let it be told

    By DROLLENE BROWN

    The story of Goethe Forest is, in large part, the story of a man. He was of German descent, but his family had Anglicized (or maybe Floridized) the name, pronouncing it Go-thee, with a soft th.

     One of the first stories I heard about the old man when I moved to Levy County in 1994 was regarding one of his eccentricities. He often went to a local restaurant for breakfast in his pajamas.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • July 8, Christopher James Anderson, 46, Chiefland, two counts FTA. Bond $200.

    • July 13, Justin Allen Ausburn, 26, Bronson, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription, possession and/or use of drug equipment, Bond $27,500.

    • July 13, Ashley Avis Batten, 31, Williston, contempt of court/violation of a no contact order. Bond $50,000.

    • July 11, Rexford Lee Batten, 34, Williston, battery, violation of conditional release. Bond $65,000.

  • Happenings

    July

    Democratic Meetings

    The next Democratic Party meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

    After the meeting, the Levy County Democratic Woman's Club meets at 5 p.m.

    If you are between the ages of 18-40, come to the woman's meeting and learn more about the Young Dems and the LGBTQ caucuses being formed.

    Meetings are held monthly in the Bronson Library, 600 Gilbert St., Bronson, (Alt. 27, across the street from Sav-a-Lot). Light refreshments will be served.

  • Back to School Bashes Aug. 8

    Williston Back to School Bashes

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School will host a Back to School Bash and Meet the Teacher/Annual Title I Parent Meeting from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 in the JBE cafeteria.

    Students are encouraged to bring supplies, learn who their teachers are, visit the classroom and participate in giveaways.

    The student school day is 7:45-2:15.

    Williston Elementary School will hold its Back to School Bash, Meet the Teacher and Title One Annual Meeting from 3-5 p.m. also Aug. 8.

  • Happenings

    July

    Democratic Meetings

    The next Democratic Party meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

    After the meeting, the Levy County Democratic Woman's Club meets at 5 p.m.

    If you are between the ages of 18-40, come to the woman's meeting and learn more about the Young Dems and the LGBTQ caucuses being formed.

    Meetings are held monthly in the Bronson Library, 600 Gilbert St., Bronson, (Alt. 27, across the street from Sav-a-Lot). Light refreshments will be served.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • July 1, Luis Miguel Alvarez, 26, Chiefland, aggravated assault. Bond $150,000.

    • July 2, Alma Irene Amerson, 48, Cedar Key, out of county warrant.

    • July 3, Kendall Christine Arrington, 21, Trenton, out of county warrant.

    • June 30, Robert Andrew Austin, 54, Chiefland, shoplifting. Bond $10,000.

    • June 29, Phillip David Bacon, 40, Williston, out of county warrant.

  • Hepatitis vaccines available

    Next Tuesday, July 16 the Levy County Health Department will be at two locations in Williston to administer Hepatitis A vaccines.

    The state of Florida is currently seeing a rise in the number of Hepatitis A cases reported.

    Anyone can become infected with Hepatitis A, but some people are at higher risk. People with direct contact with someone who has Hepatitis A, men who have sexual contact with men, people who use drugs and people who are experiencing homelessness are among those at higher risk.

  • Let it be told

    I have recently been watching a series on Netflix titled The Great British Baking Show. It goes on for many seasons, but for some strange reason I find I am watching it in reverse order. Season 4, then Season 3, Season 2, Season 1.

    It is a contest in which people compete to bake things to a certain specification within a time frame. Sometimes there are restrictions—you cannot use flour, or you have only two hours, or there must be two dozen samples baked.

  • People do exactly what they want to do

    I am a voracious reader – always have been – and no matter what is going on in my life, I manage to read something every single day.

    Granted I am not reading anything deep or profound. I read escapism fiction. Depending on my mood, I could be solving cozy mysteries in a bakery in a small beachside town, or gallivanting off to the 16th century with a Scottish laird. Occasionally I stay in modern times reading about families more dysfunctional than my own.