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Today's News

  • State pays for new ambulance

    The state of Florida passed out money for emergency medical services this week and Levy County received the largest amount of money in the state — $120,600.

    The money, in the form of a 90/10 matching grant will allow the county to purchase a new ambulance and to take one of its high-milage units off the road, said Trish Seibold, director of Levy County Emergency Medical Services. The county’s match will b $13,400.

  • Yearty reports to prison

    William Samuel Yearty, 64, convicted of soliciting and accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer wanting to build a project in Levy County and lying to the FBI in an interview, became inmate 20575-017 on Tuesday when he reported to the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola.

    The 30-year veteran of the Levy County Commission and its chairman found himself among the facility’s minimum security inmates at Sauffley Field, a U.S. Navy base.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    As a pharmacist who served the community and the surrounding areas as the co-owner of Sunshine Drugs for over 30 years, I felt I needed to perhaps clarify a situation that has recently come to my attention.

    It is my understanding that a business will soon be opened under the name of Sunshine Drugs.

    Although I wish the owners of this new business well in the endeavor, Iee^also feel that Iee^need to make it clear to everyone that Iee^m in no way assoiciated with, nor in any way a part of, this business.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, July 10

    Bell WoodTurners

    The Bell WoodTurners (“BWT”), the north central Florida chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, (“AAW”) is having their 9th annual Demo/Sale day July 10 at the Bell Community Center (on Highway 129) in Bell. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. BWT serves woodturners in Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchris, Lafayette and Levy counties.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

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

    •Jorge Escobedo Alonso, 29. Bronson; arrested July 2, no driver’s license and resisting arrest without violence. Bond $12,000.

    • James Alexander Smith III, 35, Otter Creek; arrested July 2, habitual traffic offender. Bond $10,000.

    • Brandy R. Hall, 49, Tampa; arrested July 3, Violation of Probation (VOP) controlled substance. No bond.

  • Social Security makes a difference everywhere

    Social Security reaches almost every family in the United States, and at some point touches the lives of nearly all Americans. It not only helps older Americans, but also workers who become disabled and families in which a spouse or parent dies. Today, about 159 million people work and pay Social Security taxes. More than 53 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. In 2009 alone, those benefits came to about $675 billion.

  • One cup at a time

    Even though she is only 10 years old, Paige Rodriguez has already learned the meaning of compassion, sacrifice and commitment.

    The rising fifth grade student at Williston Elementary has chosen to devote part of her summer vacation to raising funds for cancer patients and cancer research by selling lemonade.

    Inspired by Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a Connecticut girl who had neuroblastoma, Paige opted to follow in her footsteps with an old-fashioned lemonade stand.

  • Like the fathers of my father, I’m picking a fight

    When my dad, Darwin Parkin was the born Sept. 12, 1921 – shortly after Prohibition went into effect – his middle name was listed as “L.” His parents couldn’t agree on which relative to honor: Lewis or Louis. Both, of course, were from opposite branches of the family, so they settled on the ambiguous single initial “L” for his second name.

  • This Father’s Day, teach an old dad a new twist

    Who says you can’t teach an old dad new twists? All across the nation, people are telling their fathers, grandfathers, and other special men in their lives about a new “twist” in the law that may help them qualify for extra help paying for costs associated with their prescription drugs.

    When you’re spending time with Dad this weekend, ask him if he can use some help paying for his prescription drugs. If so, tell him about the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and the extra help available through Social Security.

  • Bond named Officer of the Year

    In 2009 Investigator James Bond was named Officer of the Year for the Williston Police Department, for the second year in a row.

    As it happens, news of Bond’s exploits got to the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association (Florida Chapter) and they concurred.

    Bond has been chosen SPIAA Officer of the year for Florida and he will be recognized and handed a scholarship to Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course on Friday July 23, at the SPIAA National Conference in West Palm Beach.