Today's News

  • Council hopes to get employees above poverty level

    As the city’s budget season winds down, the Williston City Council is scrambling for ways to bring its lowest paid employees above the poverty level.

    At its second budget workshop last week, the council spent the better part of its session listening to a proposal by City Manager Scott Lippmann that would raise salaries.

    The concerning part? The city will need more than $198,000 in additional funds to make it happen.

  • Scout joins the Owens' family

    Allison and Jeremy Owens of Royston, Ga. announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia "Scout" Owens, born at 10:26 a.m. Aug. 7, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens, Ga.

    The baby weighed 7 pounds, 9.5 ounces and was 19.25 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Carolyn (Tom) Ten Broeck of Williston and Bill (Wendy) Risner of Canon, Ga.

    Paternal grandparents are the late Jerry and Diane Owens of Elberton, Ga.

    Welcoming Scout home were older brother, Grant, 10 and sister, Piper, 2.

  • Incumbents retain commission seats

    With a third of Levy County voters casting ballots in the Aug. 28 Primary Election, county commission incumbents Lilly Rooks and Rock Meeks held safely onto their seats sending challengers Ryan Bell and Terance Reed back home to perhaps try again in four years.

    With all precincts reporting at press time, unofficial results show Rooks defeating former commission chairman Bell 4,974-3,657 and Meeks claiming 58.86 percent of the vote over Reed 5,043-3,525. All candidates ran as Republicans.

  • Babies and genetics

    Most people do it and you may be guilty yourself.

    No judgments, but if you think about it, it really is an exercise in futility.

    What is it?

    Trying to pinpoint who a newborn baby looks like within minutes of it thrusting out of the womb.

    It never fails – parents, grandparents, friends – they all surround the infant and then the battle begins.

    "Oh, he looks just like his daddy," one declares.

    "Oh, no!" Another hushes. "He's a carbon copy of his mama when she was a baby."

  • Happenings


    WWII Vets Luncheon

    World War II Vets and Proud of it will meet at the Gathering Table in Chiefland at 11 a.m. Sept. 13.

    The luncheon is open to all vets, their families and caregivers.

    For more information, contact Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

    Chiefland High Reunion

    The Chiefland High School Class of 1968 has settled on Homecoming weekend, Oct 5-7 for its 50th Reunion.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Aug. 13, Jennifer Renee Allen, 43, Clarksville, Tenn., possession of a new legend drug, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. Bond $7,000.

    • Aug. 18, Richard Kenneth Black, 37, Dunnellon, no DL, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, possession and/or use of drug equipment. Bond $15,000.

    • Aug. 18, Micayla Courtney Burton, 20, Citrus Springs, DUI/damage to property. Bond $5,000.

  • Morriston man dies in Citrus County accident

    A 53-year-old Morriston man died Friday afternoon in a traffic accident on U.S. 41 just south of the intersection with County Road 491 at Holder in Citrus County.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol report Claude Pepper Blount, Jr., driving south at about 1:50 p.m. in a 1999 Toyota Camry, rear ended a 2000 Mack truck near Overdrive Circle. Following impact, Blount’s car spun and came to rest on the west shoulder of U.S. 41.

  • Vote Tuesday

    Along with selecting their preference for candidates to represent their party in the fall, voters participating in the Aug. 28 primary election will decide three county-wide races in Levy.

    The two Levy County Commission races and a School Board race are Universal Primary Contests, meaning the winner would have no opposition in the fall election, as both candidates are from the same party. The races are open to all eligible voters, regardless of party.

  • July: From good to bad to better

    I missed most of July.

    I remember it coming in and I remember the ending, but all that middle stuff is totally lost on me.

    The reason?

    It started with a tickle.

    I can pinpoint it to the minute. I can't tell you why I checked my watch but I did.

    2:01 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 my nose tickled and I looked at my watch. By nightfall, my nose was stopped up and the next morning I felt the crud creeping into my chest.

  • In defense of AARP

    By Mignon Craig

    Guest Columnist

    My grandfather retired in 1951 with what he thought would be enough income from social security, his pension and his savings.  What he didn’t anticipate was the inflation of the post war years (over 50 percent in his lifetime) and there was no medicare until 1966.  When he died in 1969 he left a $500 mortgage for dentures on his old mobile home.  My parents had to sell the home and take in my grandmother because she didn’t have enough income to support herself.