Today's News

  • FWGP donates $5K

    The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve Inc. donated $5,000 to the Town of Yankeetown to help with the reconstruction of the Ellie Schiller Education Center’s elevator at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve. The Center has been under renovation for several years as funds become available through the Town’s budget and community donations. The final element for a certificate of occupancy is bringing the elevator in compliance with State codes. The estimated cost is $17,000.

  • Caldwell ‘top of the list’ for disabled veterans

    William Ferguson Caldwell died 19 years ago. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran who fought at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a father, and the husband of Dorothy Caldwell.
    More than a decade before his death, according to his wife, he did a stint at Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, in Gainesville.
    “He was there for a while,” Caldwell said. “I said (to him), ‘When you get out of here, we’re gonna’ volunteer.”
    That was 29 years ago, and Caldwell, 91, of Cross City, hasn’t stopped volunteering yet.

  • Community Calendar for the week of June 28


    Williston July 4th parade deadline
    The deadline for registration is at noon for the Williston Independence Day parade that will be on July 3 at 5 p.m.
    This year's parade theme is "Made in America."
    To be in the parade or for more information  call Cyndie McQuaig at 352-528-3060 (City Hall).
    The parade will be followed by a celebration at Horseman's Park beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in having a booth should contact Mary Kline at the Chamber of Commerce at 352-528-5552.


  • Nominees for Golden Gravel Awards Announced

       The Suwannee Valley Players announced Monday the nominees of the 2012 Golden Gravel Awards. The Gravels, named after founding member Nancy Gravel, are a fun way for the Players to celebrate the completion of another successful season. This success is a direct result of the support received from the community; and the community is invited and encouraged to join in this celebration on July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Usher Community Center for an evening of dinner and entertainment.

  • Barnes promoted to corporal

    Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Willie Pete Barnes, a K-9 officer, has been promoted to the rank of corporal in the Patrol Division.  Barnes has  a long record of distinguished service and an unwavering commitment to excellence in the field of law enforcement, according to the sheriff’s office press release. 

  • Hand grenades found on Rosewood property

    Last week, Todd Thompson, of Rosewood,made a very unusual discovery. Thompson had just moved to the area and was in the process of cleaning a portion of his property when he noticed two objects that only took only a second to identify; hand grenades.
    Everyone has seen them, in movies strapped to soldiers' chests, in pictures of  servicemen preparing to depart for battle. But who'd expect to find them in his or her own front yard?

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for June 28

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n June 19, Carrie Megan Berger, 29, Williston, aggravated battery. Bond $2,000.
    n June 20, Boyd Iris Chisolm, 52, Chiefland, assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $30,000.
    n June 22, Peggy Congley, 43, Chiefland, two out of county warrants. Bond $1,000.
    n June 23, Samuel Joseph Debolt, 27, Bronson, DWLS. Bond $2,000.
    n June 21, Frantisca Ebeth Delpapa, 26, North Vernon, Ind., disorderly intoxication.

  • Celebrate the 4th

    If you are looking to celebrate this July 4th, there are several celebrations in Levy County that offer a fun-filled holiday.
    The party begins on Tuesday when Williston holds its Independence Day Celebration with a parade, festival and fireworks. On Wednesday morning the folks in Cedar Key will salute residents serving in the military with a red-white-and-blue celebration of flags and bunting, a reading of the honor roll of service members, a parade through the historic downtown and, later in the evening, with an impromptu fireworks show.

  • Road dedication to Chiefland veteran Friday

    The dedication of a section of U.S. Highway 19/ Main Street in honor of Army Sgt. Karl Campbell who died in combat in Afghanistan will be Friday at 4 p.m. at Depot Park.  In the event of foul weather the ceremony will be moved to Usher Community Center.
    State Rep. Leonard Bembry, sponsor of the bill in the Florida House to name the road for Campbell, will be in attendance, as will be a number of veterans organizations.

  • Water supply plan still years down the road

    Water district representatives at a meeting Monday night announced that a joint regional water supply plan already in the works would not be available until some time in 2015.
    The news came during the inaugural meeting of the recently formed North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Committee held at the St. Johns River Water Management District headquarters in Palatka. About 60 people attended the meeting, which lasted about three hours.