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  • Three students, three paths forward

     Three students with widely varying backgrounds, circumstances and educational goals  were singled out Aug. 11 for their commitment to education during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus.
    Randi Williams, 17, graduated from Chiefland High School in May. Brittany Holder, 24, a single mother of two, earned a GED in 2013 at the old Levy Center and Dilan Jones, 19, graduated from Chiefland High School in 2016, finishing third in his class.

    Williams wants to earn an associate degree in Humanities before she starts traveling and volunteering in lesser developed countries in South America that need help. 

  • Texting bill gets Levy support

     Emily Slosberg, a Democratic State Representative from Boca Raton, was a long way from her home district.

    But in her visit to Levy County earlier this month, she found common ground in support of her cause – passing stricter texting-while-driving laws.

    Her passion has led her on a statewide campaign to drum up support to pressure the legislature  to strengthen the state’s texting and driving laws.

    Slosberg presented a resolution to the Levy Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 8 that urges the legislature to act on the issue by making texting and driving a primary offense.

    The resolution, on a motion by Commissioner Mike Joyner, passed unanimously and received an endorsement from Sheriff Bobby McCallum.

    “This will save some lives throughout the state and in Levy County, I really believe,” McCallum said.

  • Drug bust in Williston

     The Levy County Drug Task Force executed a drug search warrant at 16151 NE 50 Street in Williston Thursday, Aug.  3, at 5 p.m. In April, DTF investigators received an anonymous tip and began their investigation of drug related activities. Based upon this tip, investigators learned that Chad Williams (4-24-75) was selling cocaine and marijuana from his home at this address. DTF investigators secured a search warrant for the home and upon execution of the warrant found Williams home with his wife, Toinette Williams (3-20-71), where they discovered cocaine and marijuana inside. 

  • Crossing guard watches over kiddies and kitties

     Crossing guard Mary Anne Griner watches over kiddies and kitties to ensure their safety. She helps the children across the street and sometimes she takes the cats home.
    Griner said she walked a couple of students across the street a little after she arrived on post at North Young and Fourth Avenue at about 7:15 in the morning where she guards the crosswalks for two hours in the morning and again in the afternoon when school lets out.

    A little gray kitten tried to cross the street but Griner picked it up to keep it from getting ran over. She pet it before putting it back down on the ground. It rubbed against her foot and walked between her feet.

    She named the little gray cat, “Smokey.” She said she would take it to the police station to see if they wanted it. If not, she said she would probably take it home. Friday morning, when asked what happened to the kitten, she said she took it home. 

  • Third arrest made in home invasion homicide

     By LT. SCOTT TUMMOND

    LCSO Media Relations

     

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division made a third arrest Aug. 11 in connection to the home invasion homicide in Williston Friday, Aug. 4. Investigators learned Steven Demar Stacy (7-12-83), of Williston, aided Jalen Days and Andrew Robinson in disposing of the weapons used in the crime to include the murder weapon. Mr. Stacy aided the defendants in the early morning hours of Aug. 4. To date the firearms have not been recovered.

    Investigators are actively working this investigation and still need the publics’ help. Many questions are still unanswered and the community could provide much needed information. Any person who has information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 352-486-5111.

  • Learning to protect the children

     Guardian ad Litem volunteers from Levy, Gilchrist, Alachua, Baker and Bradford Counties attended an all-day in-service training seminar to enhance their skills as representatives in the court system. 

    The training was Saturday, July 29,in Alachua at Turkey Creek Country Club.  

    A Guardian ad Litem is a trained court-appointed volunteer who helps represent in the court system, the best interests of abused, neglected and or abandoned children. 

    Parents have their own attorneys. The state has its own attorney and children are represented by Guardian ad Litem volunteers throughout the legal process — a difficult and scary transition.

  • Rotary makes a difference

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER, Citizen Correspondent

    Rotary District 6940 Governor Lisa Weeks visited the Chiefland Rotary Club and the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club where she delivered enthusiastic speeches about “Making a Difference,” the theme chosen by Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley. 

    She visited Chiefland Rotarians Wednesday and Suwannee Valley Rotarians Thursday.

    Weeks reminded the groups of the challenge Riseley had put to Rotarians to “make a difference” by planting a tree for every member in the club between July 1, 2017 and Earth Day, April 22, 2018. 

    Weeks said, “It doesn’t have to be a big tree, just a little sapling.”

  • Parks’ booster organization to hold meet-and-greet

     The Friends of Manatee Springs Parks Inc. will be holding a meet-and-greet Saturday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.

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    The event will be held at the Fanning Springs Conference room located in Fanning Spring State Park.

    Everyone that comes to the meeting will receive free food and a free park pass. The event is showcasing the Citizens Support Organization (CSO) for the Manatee Springs State Park, Fanning Springs State Park and the Nature Coast State Trail, and the support they give to the parks.

    We would love to meet you and share all the great things that are happening in your local parks. Be sure to mention your coming to support the CSO and get into park for free!

    Fanning Springs State Park is located at 18020 NW Highway 19, Fanning Springs, FL 32693. For more information, please call (352) 463-3420.

  • Levy ranchers influence Cattlemen's Association

    When Chiefland rancher Ken Griner was named the new president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association at its annual convention in June, it marked the third time in a decade that Levy County saw one of its own claim that position.

    The Board of County Commissioners celebrated such a distinction at its meeting Aug. 8, as they presented the trio – Griner, Don Quincy (2011-12) and Robert “Bo” Hobby (2008-09) – with plaques to commemorate the unique honor for the county and its leading agricultural hands.

    The FCA aims to promote and advocate for cattlemen producers.

    “Commissioner (Mike) Joyner brought it to my attention when Ken Griner was elected that we’ve had two in the past, and I don’t think we’ve ever officially recognized them,” BOCC chair John Meeks said. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing these three men personally, and all three of the them are models of what a good Levy County citizen is and should be. They’re role models for the young people coming up.”

  • CF cuts ribbon to future

     The ribbon was cut to the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Aug. 11 in the 60th year of the College of Central Florida as a higher education provider in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. CF President Dr. James Henningsen said in his opening remarks that he couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate than in Levy County. 

    “Our Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus will be the first permanent higher education facility in the entire county,” he said in his opening remarks. “The Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus started 13 years ago as a vision of the board of trustees, community members and then President Dr. Charles Dassance.”