Today's News

  • 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.

  • Let it be told


    Undocumented immigrants are part of my heritage. And they might be part of yours, too.

    Until 1924, all immigrants were undocumented. Some were turned away at Ellis Island, but if they were healthy and would not be a financial burden to the U.S., they were allowed in.

    My parents include a father who was a first generation Lithuanian-American Catholic and a Methodist mother who was eligible for the Daughters of the American Revolution (as well as Confederacy), so I learned to look at history from many sides.

  • Let it be told


    Last year my husband and I saw giant solar farms in Texas and wind turbines in Iowa and Illinois. We met many years ago while working for Del Monte in Illinois. He taught me how to drive a tractor with a pea combine.

    That’s another story. On our road trip last summer, we decided to take a detour and see our old stomping grounds.

    The farms were expansive. The fields well-tended and the roadsides clean. It felt good to return. Then across the horizon, we saw the wind turbines: tall, white and majestic.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    FROM JUNE 27

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

    • June 17, Reginald V. Adams Sr., 56, Chiefland, disorderly intoxication, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. Bond $2,000.

    • June 22, Summer Cheri Addison, 26, Chiefland, out of county warrant, DWLS. Bond $3,570.

    • June 17, Justin Allen Ausburn, 26, Bronson, VOP.

    • June 20, Cody Simuel Beckham, 23, Cedar Key, battery, felony battery. Bond $125,000.

  • Happenings

    Vendors Needed for Peanut Festival

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting vendor applications for the 31st Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 in Williston's Heritage Park.

    Vendors this year will choose their own spaces, so early application is suggested.

    For more information, or an application and rules, visit www.willistonfl.com and look for the information under the community tab, contact the Chamber at 352-528-5552, email willistonflcoc@gmail.com or visit 50 NW Main St., Williston.

  • June Business of the Month

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce selected Bubbaque's as the June Business of the Month. The restaurant, located on East Noble Avenue, was chosen for its community involvement, support of the Chamber and its recent renovations that not only enhance the business, but will also bring more people to Williston.

  • Welcome to the Chamber

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed new business, Haring Insurance, to its membership last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The agency is located at 108 NE 6 Ave, Williston. Pictured, from left, Chamber President Marc Pompeo, Chamber Directors Paul Jones and Mary Martha Hartley, Haring Insurance owner, Robin Davis and Chamber Treasurer Julie Brannan.

  • May Business of the Month

    Custom SAGE was selected Business of the Month for May by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce. Chosen for its commitment to Williston and the Chamber, the business at 120 NE 1st St., Williston, offers everything from signs and awards to custom gifts. Pictured, from left, Custom SAGE owner, Heidi Schwiebert, Chamber President Marc Pompeo, Chamber Treasurer Julie Brannan and Chamber Directors Mary Martha Hartley and Paul Jones.

  • Scallop season opened July 1

    Recreational bay scallop season for Franklin through the northwestern portion of Taylor, as well as Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties opens July 1 and will remain open through Sept. 24. This includes Carrabelle, Lanark, St. Marks, Cedar Key, Crystal River and Homosassa.

  • Voter assistance available July 3

    Are you new to the area and will be voting in a new polling precinct? Recently moved and need to change your address? Handwriting may have changed due to age or injury and you need to update your signature? Are you unsure if your voting rights have been restored with the passage of Amendment 4? All these updates need to be made prior to the upcoming elections in order to insure your right to vote.

    Fountain of Life Church will be able to help you update your voter registration card and answer any questions you may have at their Voter Registration Events.