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Today's News

  • School board trades less rent for guaranteed payment

    The School Board of Levy County approved a renegotiated tower lease with T-Mobile during their meeting on Tuesday that reduces the rent, but guarantees a 10-year income stream.

    The tower is on school district property, and the school board rents the tower space to the cellular company.

    With the new lease, T-Mobile will pay the school district $19,000 a year, down from $20,700. But T-Mobile will ensure the income for 10 years, whereas under the old 30-year lease they could cancel with 90 days notice.

  • Money squeeze gets tighter for schools

    Another precipitous drop in state revenues is bad news for local public schools, Superintendent Bob Hastings told the Levy County School Board at a Feb. 2 meeting.

    Hastings said no one knows what will happen with the state budgets when the Legislature’s session begins on March 2. “It’s anybody’s guess,” Hastings said.

    But he noted that the revenue estimate for the state’s coffers is down by $3 billion overall which translates to $1 billion less in state money for schools.

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  • The art of trash

    More than 75 people turned out to the opening Saturday night to see the 47 highly-creative entries, including five from exhibit judge Chick Schwartz.  

    Chick is a sculptor who works in bronze, cement, wood, ceramics and found objects. His work has been featured in more than 25 one person shows in galleries and museums across the U.S. and Canada.  

    Chick and his wife Marsha are the artists who conceived and built the fisherman and fish in the CKAC Sculpture Garden.

  • Gospel broadcaster has golden microphone

    Rhonda Cook’s eyes welled up with tears when she recounted the story of a woman who called her one day at the small radio station she runs out of Long Pond Baptist Church.

    The woman had recently lost a loved one and was calling Cook to praise her for the work she does.

    “The statement she made to me was, ‘ I couldn’t have got through the last two years had it not been for this station,’ ” Cook said.  “And that’s when you know what you’re doing is making a difference.”

  • Indictment in shooting of Dixie deputy

    A Dixie County grand jury has handed down a first degree murder indictment against a man in the Jan. 14 fatal shooting of Dixie Sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed Jr.

    Reed, 33, died after a shootout at a Cross City gas station where he and other officers attempted to apprehend John Kalisz, 55. Kalisz had led officers on a chase from Hernando through Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties as he fled his sister's home. He is charged in the shooting death of his sister, a second woman and the shootings of his niece and a fourth woman in Hernando County.

  • One hundred years

    Hundreds of friends and family members turned out Saturday to wish Marie Meeks, of Ellzey, a happy one-hundredth birthday.  Meeks, the oldest of 11 children born and raised in Williston, was a school teacher in Levy County for 35 years.  After the crowd sang happy birthday to Meeks, she grabbed a microphone and told them, “I want to thank everybody that came.  I enjoyed it and loved every minute of it...it has been a blessed life.”

  • Hundreds turn out to take trip back in time

    Andrew Davis said he was about 7 years old when his father first took him out hunting in the furrowed and freshly plowed farmlands of Levy County.  

    Davis said what they sought, though well hidden and making no sound, almost seemed to have the desire of wanting to be found, of wanting to tell a story.

    The stories are those of people that inhabited the land long before the days of fences, highways and acres upon acres of plump, juicy watermelons.  

  • Ten Commandments dedicated

    The Rev. Carl Carnegie is dry despite the rains as he blesses and dedicates the new Ten Commandments monument at the Levy County Courthouse as Kellie Stevens of Williston, wife of Levy County Commissioner Danny Stevens, shares her umbrella. About two dozen people turned out for the dedication despite rainy skies and cool temperatures. The monument is provided by the Tri-County Pregnancy Center of Williston on behalf of an anonymous donor. Under County guidelines the Center is responsible for the maintenance of the monument and any legal challenges to its placement on public land.

  • Deputy’s affair almost came to confrontation

    On July 17, 2009,  Melissa Owens called her daughter Crystal Owens Stephens because her son-in-law, Walt Stephens, a man with a temper who also owns guns, was headed to Deputy Charles “Chuck” Johnson Jr.’s home to confront his wife and the deputy.

    Stephens was also on the phone to dispatch saying he wanted to file a complaint about the affair and he was going to confront the two.

    Although Stephens did not have any of his guns with him that night, it was not known if he did have any weapon with him.