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Today's News

  • Judi Cooksey, former teacher and coach, dies at 58

    Judi Cooksey, wife of Bronson football coach Al Cooksey, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23. She was 58.

    Cooksey's time as a basketball and softball coach at Williston High School capped a long career coaching student athletes in Florida. She was also a teacher with the National Education Federation in Palatka, Fla.

  • 2009: Not Levy County’s best year in politics, economy

    The news was not good for Levy County this year as two suspended county commissioners were convicted on political corruption charges, unemployment rose to double digits while property values dropped by double digits, the county budget was squeezed, but the sheriff found money for 15 new cars, and hopes for construction of a new hospital, four replacement bridges, a two-unit nuclear power plant and mining operation were delayed.

  • Mosquitoes swarm over Trenton

    I was a little bit nervous when Dwight Junkin, owner of Composite FX—a helicopter manufacturing company in Trenton—asked if I wanted to go for a helicopter ride Sunday afternoon.

    “Ever been on one?” he asked.

    “Once,” I said.  “But it was a windy day, the cockpit was crowded and I got kind of freaked out.”

    Junkin smiled. “Want to try it again?”

    “Uhh, sure. I guess, umm, yeah,” I said nervously.

    “Well come on, let’s go talk to Gary.”

  • Traffic accident kills two, injures another

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo, and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver, of Williston, and Marqui Cook, of Morrison, were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.

  • Improvements to U.S. 19 to begin in January

    A Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project along 11 miles of U.S. 19 in southern Levy County is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 4.  The project will include resurfacing the roadway, adding paved shoulders and extending drainage structures.     

  • Cedar Key TNR reaches 535 cats

    The Cedar Key Trap-Neuter-Return program has accomplished all that it can, said Doreen Bauer of Faraway Inn. Last week, TNR spayed and neutered 34 cats, bringing the total number to 535 Cedar Key cats in three and half years.

    “At this point, there are only about 50 cats left, and those are the smartest, most tricky, and hardest to catch,” Doreen said. “The really smart cats are the ones breeding. Over time, those 50 will turn into a lot more. We can’t do anymore without the community’s help.”

  • She would not give up

    It was a cold, snowy day in November, and Myrtle had to walk to a bus station to get to work. The time was 7:20 a.m., and she arrived at the station at 7:50 a.m. Myrtle boarded the bus and sat behind the friendly driver.

    She was hired at the age of 16 for an electric company and had been there for two years. While at work, she received a phone call and was offered a position for bookkeeper and accountant and accepted it.

  • Proposed healthcare plan may be harmful

    Nosey says...

    In the old days it seemed to take forever to get something done, but today things are done in the blink of an eye. We all know that Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner during the assault on Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor back in 1812, but it wasn't until 1814 that words were put to music and it was being published all over the country. It was over a hundred years later, in fact in 1931, when President Herbert Hoover made it our National Anthem.

  • Familiar faces to continue leadership

    AARP held its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 15, 2009, at the Spring House Lodge of Otter Springs at 10:30 a.m.

    We are all very happy that the officers who served us in 2009 will also be serving us in 2010. The officers were sworn in by Meveree Pope, former District Area Coordinator of AARP.

  • Community Calendar for the week of January 1

    Saturday

    Shrine Club breakfast

    The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its semimonthly Country Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on State Road 26, about a half mile north of Fanning Springs.

    The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes and coffee for $5.50 per person. This event is open to the public.

        

    Tuesday

    Soil and Water District meeting