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Today's News

  • Goethe burn successful,roads opening

    THURSDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE:

    Upon the completion of the 12,325 acre prescribed burn conducted by the Florida Forest Service in the Goethe State Forest, CR-337 and CR-336 are now open to traffic.

    The Florida Highway Patrol will continue monitoring the burn area for smoke and fog as a precaution throughout the night.

    Motorists are encouraged to utilize their low beam headlights, reduce speed and be prepared for changing weather conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours in this vicinity.

     

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for January 24-30

    ALACHUA COUNTY

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. just west of Southwest 47th Street for median modifications for Gainesville Council on Aging.

    Daytime eastbound lane closures east of Southwest 37th Boulevard for driveway modifications at Sonny’s BBQ.

    The main driveway at UF Health/Shands (Circle of Hope) is closing Monday for an extended period for construction at the hospital.

  • Qualifying for Bronson council seat starts Jan. 27

    Staff report 

    The Town of Bronson will be holding a special election March 10, in part, to determine who will fill Town Council seat No. 2, which was left vacant by Council Member Berlon Weeks a few months ago. Weeks resigned to pursue other business interests.

    Several local candidates stepped forward to fill the position when, initially, the town council considered appointing someone to the position. It was later decided a candidate should be chosen by voters.

  • Church News for the week of Jan. 22

    Gospel sing

       Full Gospel Outreach Church of Chiefland will have a Saturday Night Gospel Sing Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. with The Reflectsons from Trenton.

    There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be received.

    Full Gospel Outreach is located three miles north of the Chiefland Walmart on HWY 19.

    For more info you can call 352-493-1175 or 352-221-2003 or visit  www.oldtimechurch.com.

    Florida Boys Choir

  • Potato pancake supper at Peace Lutheran Feb. 17

    Peace Lutheran Church will host its 24th annual Potato Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 17. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

    Donations requested will be $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 through 11; there is no charge for children under the age of 5. Tickets will be available at the door . Tickets may also be purchased in advance from members, and at the Peace Lutheran booth at the Dunnellon First Saturday event on Feb. 7.

  • Williston Friends to host firearms training

    The Friends of Williston Trust will host a firearms training courses for seekers of a Concealed Firearms License Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    The course consists of four hours of classroom training and four hours of range experience. Instructors will be law enforcement and/or NRA certified trainers. The cost of the class is $70 per person. Class size will be held to a maximum of 16 students. Two signup sheets will be held at the police department and slots will be held on a first come / first served basis. Payment is required to hold your spot.

  • Driver airlifted to hospital in crash

    At about noon Jan. 4, the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call reporting a motor vehicle accident involving a rollover with entrapment of the vehicle’s driver on S.R.121, near County Line Road.

    On scene, rescue personnel found a small car on its roof resting unstable on top of a power pole that was broken in half. Members worked together to quickly stabilize the vehicle and assess all occupants of the vehicle. Air support was requested.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for January 22

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

    • Jan. 16, James Devon Baker, 49, Orlando, DWLSR, possession of drug equipment, destroying evidence. Bond $16,000.

    • Jan. 12, Rexford Lee Batten, 30, Inglis, VOP.

    • Jan. 13, Ashley Lynn Bennett, 23, Chiefland, VOP/DWLSR. Bond $10,000.

    • Jan. 13, Lindsey Jay Bruce, 71, Morriston, battery. Bond $100,000.

    • Jan. 16, Stephanie Marie Crosby, 30, Williston, DWLSR. ROR

    • Jan. 14, Marty Days Sr., 51, Williston, parole violation.

  • Weekend warriors in Bronson, Cedar Key

    An Army Reserve unit that goes into areas after combat or natural disasters to help reestablish civil government is coming to Bronson and Cedar Key this weekend for a training exercise.

    And while a media release says this is a way of sharpening weekend warrior’s skills for when they are deployed to places like war torn Bagdad or Sierra Leone during the ebola outbreak, at least one Cedar Key city commissioner sees a more sinister plan at work.

  • County agrees to agricultural office lease

    Each year 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) are sickened by foodborne diseases and of that number 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    Everyone has probably heard of the massive food recalls of tainted food. 

    But what few know is that Congress passed a law that President Barak Obama signed into law empowering the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies, to implement ways to prevent foodborne illnesses.