Today's News

  • Sheriff's office wants your old prescription

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office in partnership with the Levy County Prevention Coalition and the Williston Police Department, will be participating in the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative.

    This year's event will be on Saturday Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sheriff's deputies will be present to accept all medications. There will be four collection sites available in Levy county. They are:

  • Ride to Provide Oct. 24

    The 11th Annual Ride to Provide, a law enforcement escorted motorcycle run through Levy County, will be on Saturday, Oct. 24. There is no fee to enter but donations will be accepted on behalf of ARC of Levy County, a center for challenged adults.

    The event begins with registration, coffee and morning snacks at Bronson Middle High School. Southern Sisters Hospitality will be providing the early morning goodies.

  • Kicking Cancer's Butt

    The 6th Annual Kicking Cancer's BUTT Poker Run will roll out of Chiefland Billiards on Sept. 26 with a revamped ride that will take bikers to Cedar Key, Bronson, Branford and Trenton.

    The beneficiary of the ride is BACK Fighting Cancer which gives grants to Tri-County Area families with a loved one battling cancer, and scholarships to graduating seniors who will major in a health care career in college.

    The ride has cash prizes for the best and worst hand and a free meal. There will be games at the stops, live music and raffles along the trip.

  • Beast Feast in Williston Oct. 24

    The sixth annual Levy County Schools Foundation Beast Feast is Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Etheridge Cracker House in Williston.

    The annual fundraiser event features an array of great food from fish chowder to “yard bird on a stick” prepared and served by cooks from local businesses in a casual, picnic setting. The evening will include door prizes and a live auction.

    Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students 8-17 years going on sale Sept. 21.

  • Purple Pinkie Peanut Run

    The Rotary Club of Williston will host its 3rd Annual Purple Pinkie Peanut Run Saturday, Oct. 3 to kick off the Peanut Festival.

      The event includes a 5K run or 1 mile walk open to all ages and is presented by Pizza Hut and Taco Bell this year. Proceeds from the run go toward the Purple Pinkie Project – a campaign by Rotary to raise money to End Polio Now and local youth projects.

    Registration is $30 for early registers through Sept. 18.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Sept. 17

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

    •Sept. 8, Shelley Kay Andrews, 39, Chiefland, DWLSR, possession of marijuana. Bond $1,000.

    •Sept. 7, Joel Ray Anzualda Sr., 28, Immokalee, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license.

    •Sept. 13, Zachary David Armlin, 21, Chiefland, two counts child abuse.

    •Sept. 8, Terry Lee Arnold, 42, Inglis, FTA, RW/OV. Bond $30,000.

    •Sept. 19, Otis Ray Bean, 53, Inglis, conditional release violation. Bond $100,000.

  • Church news for the week of Sept. 17

    Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    Rising Faith studying

    “These Last Days”

    Rising Faith in Christ Church is hosting a Bible study on “These Last Days.”

    Participants will be looking at past, present and future events involving: our nation, world, church, family through the Bible, news media and world events.

  • Trial for Crab Fest shooting

    Trial has been set for Monday, Sept. 28 for Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, charged with the death of one man and the wounding of four other people during the 2013 Crab Fest in East Williston.

    In a hearing last week before 8th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Joseph Smith, Ocasio's attorney, Michael Hines said there had been no formal plea agreement offered by the State Attorney's Office.

    And as he went to say his client did not want to plea bargain, O'Casio spoke up and said “I am not interested in doing that.”

  • Get tested for Mensa membership

    There will be a testing for admission to Mensa, the High IQ Society, on Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning at 10 a.m. at United Methodist Church, 2400 S.W. Williston Road, Gainesville.

    The test takes about two hours, and the fee is discounted to $20.

    Please register at proctor@nfm.us.mensa.org. More information is at www.us.mensa.org/join/testing/.

  • Suwannee water district approves millage, budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The tentative budget is $43,335,921 and the tentative roll-back millage rate is 0.4104. The tentative budget represents a 6.8 percent reduction over the current budget. The roll-back millage rate is the rate that generates the same amount of property tax revenues as approved for the previous fiscal year.