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Today's News

  • New laws are now in effect

    Florida’s 2018 legislature passed 200 new laws, many of which were in effect prior to July 1.

    However, 100 of those new laws took effect Monday. Among them are:

    • Texting and driving – now a primary offense, law enforcement officers can now pull over texting drivers without any other reason.

    • Cheaper prescriptions – as long as they are approved by the USDA, less expensive drugs may now be imported from Canada and other countries to Florida.

  • Parkway may include Levy, skirts I-75 counties

    By Mike Wright

    Citrus County Chronicle

    The planned study area for extending the Suncoast Parkway north from Citrus County sidesteps two counties that had raised significant opposition in having the roadway cut through their communities.

    Instead, the Suncoast Parkway’s proposed extension follows a similar path to what was first envisioned for the Suncoast more than 20 years ago, according to maps provided this week by the Florida Department of Transportation.

  • Independence Day Parade July 3 at 5 p.m.
  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • June 13, Kenneth Scott Adams, 29, Trenton, VOP.

    • June 14, Marty Terelle Allen Jr., 30, Gainesville, FTA.

    • June 16, Linda Ann Burrill, 60, Williston, battery.

    • June 12, James Lee Daniel, 36, Trenton, two counts FTA.

    • June 11, Kimberly Daniels, 48, making false report of the commission of a crime. Bond $3,000.

    • June 13, Matthew Karl Durn, 25, no address, FTA. Bond $2,000.

  • Staying one step ahead of chaos

    In the weekly newspaper business there are certain times of the year reporters and editors dread more than others. The end of the school year is such a time.

    There are so many activities going on simultaneously, especially in smaller towns with multiple schools, that even when newspapers had larger staffs, it was difficult to keep up with everything.

    Imagine what I go through here in Williston.

  • Tammy Jones is President Elect of Association of Supervisors of Elections

    Tammy Jones, Levy County Supervisor of Elections, was sworn in as President Elect of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections by Secretary of State Ken Detzner during the association's conference in May in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Happenings

    Peanut Festival Applications

    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.

  • Chris Cowart named legislative liaison

    By Suzette Cook

    Chiefland Citizen

    Superintendent of Levy County Schools Jeffrey Edison announced at the June 11 school board meeting that, “It’s that time of year when the board names a legislative representative.”

    Board Member Paige Brookins nominated board member Chris Cowart to serve as the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) liaison and for School Board Chair Brad Etheridge to serve as the alternate for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • School Board Chair: No more interruptions

    From Staff Reports

    An audience member went to the podium at the June 11 Levy County School Board meeting and stated that she had three questions about a recent hiring process.

    After the first question, Attorney David M. Delaney advised the board to not respond to the questions and said, “This is a public comment period. Sometimes members of the public or the media can be directed to individuals within the district who can look into a question and get back to them. But the board is not expected to have answers on the spot.

  • Bidders show up ready to buy

    By Suzette Cook

    Chiefland Citizen

    Some bidders were looking for a new place to live or land to farm, others needed a spot to park equipment trailers on, and one person needed a lot to build a spec home on.

    Many reasons brought a crowd of about 75 people to the Levy County Courthouse on June 17 for the first escheated property auction held since 2015.

    Legal Assistant Susan P. Haines served as the auctioneer, and was very happy with the outcome.