Today's News

  • 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.

  • Stroke patients better off with private insurance than Medicaid

    Stroke victims who use Medicaid or are uninsured were more likely to die, stay hospitalized longer and have worse medical outcomes than patients with private insurance, a study by University of Florida Health researchers has found.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Sept. 17

    Today, Sept. 17

    Tourism group meets

    Visit Natural North Florida (The Original Florida Tourism Task Force) will meet Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. at the Visit Florida, Multi-Purpose Room at 2540 Executive Circle West, Suite 200, Tallahassee.

    For more information, contact Steven Dopp at 352-955-2200 ext. 109.


    Library Friends meetings

  • Pet adoption event marks Pet Appreciation Week

    The Tractor Supply Co. store in Chiefland is hosting activities for families and their pets, including pet adoptions, on Saturday, Sept. 19 as part of Pet Appreciation Week.

    Pet Appreciation Week or P.A.W., held from Sept. 16-20, is Tractor Supply’s annual event to celebrate pet owners and their furry friends.

  • Taxes, assessments stay same

    The property tax rate will remain at its current rate of 8.2741 mills and the assessments for fire, EMS, solid waste and roadway maintenance will remain the same.

    The rates were finalized, along with a a few amendments to the budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The tentative budget, approved Sept. 3, was $59,418,506, but some last minute grants helped it to grow to $60,523,360.

    The Levy County Commission approved the property tax and assessments, and the budget in a public hearing on Monday evening.