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Today's News

  • Man charged in wife's death, kidnapping

    In October, Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, and Charles Edwin Duke, 23, picked up a marriage license.  They had been in an off and on relationship for several years.

    They returned from their honeymoon on Nov. 3 and Fine, who worked as a front desk clerk at Island House in Cedar Key, went to work the next day. Duke did not go to work..

    When she came home,  the couple argued about money, alcohol and an unpaid credit card bill at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

  • Love wears fur

    Ninety-year-old Olga, a long-term resident at Tri-County Nursing Home, in Trenton, looked a little confused when a small group of people entered her room asking questions about expecting visitors Thursday.

    But her confusion melted when she saw that two of the group’s members were short, hairy and of the canine variety.

    “I love animals,” she said as she caressed one of the dogs sitting on her bed, “ and they are so adorable.”

  • Handgun class has its sights on helping family in need

    About $2,500 was collected Saturday from 46 participants in a concealed weapons permit class at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff's Lt. Scott Finnen said the proceeds from the event would go to the Cates Children Family Fund — set up for the five children who lost their mother, Carrie L. Cates, 39, in a traffic accident about a month ago.

  • Utopian Sanctuary

    Three miles from Williston off a bumpy hilly road, a passage through scrub and pasture leads the unsuspecting traveler to the utopian sanctuary that Dr. Raymond Webber calls home.

    More than 400 species of plants thrive on his 100-acre bit of paradise that has been more than 16 years in the making.

    “Not many people in Florida have their house built into the side of a cliff,” Webber, an endodonist by trade, explains as he begins his trek through the assorted gardens that he has designed.

    Indeed, the vista from this porch is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Suspicious man causes Bronson school lockdown

    Bronson Elementary School was in lockdown for 45 minutes Monday morning after a man spotted on campus fled.

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office said they are on the lookout for a white male, 5-feet, 7-inches tall possibly in his mid-50s with salt and pepper hair, and facial hair. He was wearing a green or brown shirt and blue jeans.

  • Church News

    Suwannee Valley collects gifts

    for Samaritan’s Purse, world’s

    largest Christmas project

     Suwannee Valley residents are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project.

  • Hurricane IdaWind, rain to be main effects on Levy

    Emergency management officials are urging residents to closely monitor Hurricane Ida as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico and makes its way toward the Florida Panhandle.

    “All Floridians should take this storm seriously and not be caught off-guard over the next few days,” said Ruben D. Almaguer, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Residents across Florida are urged follow the progress of Ida and be prepared to implement their family disaster plans and heed local advisories.

  • Community Calendar

    Please check out the  separate listing of Halloween events in the New section of our website.

     Today

    Get a Head Start on Medicare Part D 2010

    October is the month SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will be assisting Medicare recipients in filling out the paperwork to find a Medicare Part D Drug Coverage Plan for 2010.

  • School board urged to cut spending

    In a General Fund budget review, the School Board of Levy County on Tuesday was warned that so far this school year, spending has only decreased 3 percent from last year, rather than the required 7 percent.

    Director of Finance Bob Clemons, speaking to the board, said at the current rate of spending, the school district would be about $1.4 million over the approved budget by the end of the school year.

    Both Clemons and superintendent Bob Hastings said that all options were being considered as to how to stay within budget.

  • Three names go to Crist for Levy County judge job

    Three attorneys — a prosecutor and two in private practice — have been sent to Gov. Charlie Crist for appointment to the county judge seat being vacated by Judge Joe Smith’s Dec. 31 retirement.

    The three are:

    James T. “Tim” Browning, an assistant state attorney based in Gainesville, but who has ties to Gilchrist County, and has handled domestic violence and drug cases.

    Charlotte Weidner, an attorney in private practice in Bronson who has criminal and civil trial experience.