Today's News

  • Event marks 88th anniversary of Rosewood race riot

    Retired Professor Marvin Dunn's Jan. 2 event to mark the 88th anniversary of the Rosewood incident had an atmosphere of a family reunion, rather than serving as a reminder of a week when eight people died in racial violence.

  • Horse church permit dragged across finish line

    The Levy County Commission took 90 minutes to make a decision in a request for a conditional use permit for a cowboy church and horse arena to be located on U.S. Highway 27A and Northeast 162nd Court.

  • Senior Health Fair, Chili Cook-Off

    The Chiefland Senior Center will hold its Annual Health Fair and Chili Cook-Off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Tommy Usher Pineland Center, Chiefland.

    The event is free to all senior citizens. Health care providers will be on hand to inform seniors of the services available in the community.

    Judging for the chili contest that is open to seniors is at noon.

    The event is sponsored jointly by the Chiefland Senior Center, Haven Hospice and Gentiva Home Health Care.

  • On Santa Claus

    Based on my five-year-old’s behavior in the last few days leading up to Christmas, I got the distinct impression he did not believe Santa was watching him through a crystal ball.
    And after his ruthless cross-examination of me on how Santa manages to transcend the laws of physics, I got another distinct impression that he did not believe in Santa at all.

  • Planning for the new year

    Work schedules  keep us from visiting our Georgia family and friends as much as we like, so after spending Thanksgiving here in Williston, we decided we were northbound for Christmas.
    As usual, the week before Christmas was a blur as I did last- minute shopping (done for everyone in less than four hours), gift wrapping, baking and creating goodies, addressing and mailing Christmas cards (no one said they had to arrive before Dec. 25), all the while holding down a full-time job.

  • Jessica Nicole Standridge, Enjoyed scrapbooking, swimming and Bible reading

    Jessica Nicole Standridge died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at her home in Old Town after a long illness.  She was 19.
    Jessica was born on Dec. 23, 1991.  She graduated from Dixie County High School in 2010 and was dual enrolled in Gateway Community College during high school. She worked as a cashier at Hitchcock’s Foodway in Old Town.  She was a member of the Cross City Pentecostal Holiness Church, she was active in the Driven Youth Team.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, swimming and reading her bible.

  • Open season on area monkeys

    Williston resident and county commissioner Danny Stevens got more than he bargained for Sunday morning when he called his 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, to look out the window at the deer knocking corn out of a backyard feeder.
    Upon closer inspection, the “deer” was standing on its hind legs and it wasn’t a deer at all–it was a monkey, specifically a Patas Monkey.
    “It was over three feet tall,” Danielle said Monday, with her father adding with its arms outstretched and standing, it was much bigger than that.

  • Methodists begin year-long celebration of 150 years in Chiefland

       January kicks off a year-long, sesquicentennial celebration of the Methodist Church in Chiefland. In the next several months, the First United Methodist Church will explore the changes that have taken place over the last 150 years and remember the people who have had active parts in making those changes. We are inviting former pastors to preach each month. On Jan., 9, Rev. Gene Zimmerman, pastor of our church from 1954 to 1956, will be bringing the Sunday morning sermon.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Dec. 30

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Dec. 26–Robert William Bernstein, 45, Bronson. Lewd/lascivious offense on victim under 12. Bond $100,000.
    n Dec. 25–David Timothy Booher, 53, Williston. Retail theft. Bond $5,000.
    n Dec. 23–Eric Alan Burke, 25, Trenton. Robbery with a firearm, evidence destroying. Bond $110,000.
    n Dec. 26–Boyd Iris Chisolm, 50, Chiefland. Criminal mischief. Bond $10,000.
    n Dec. 26–Joshua Lee Clarke, 29, Inglis. Domestic battery. Bond $15,000.

  • AARP installs new 2011 officers

    From left Alfonso Johnson, District Team Leader; Secretary, Felice Swalla; Treasurer, Nancy Padgett; President Randy Durden; and Vice President Betty Durden.