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Today's News

  • Williston man charged with abuse, molestation; mother with neglect of girl, 2

    A Williston man has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a two-year-old girl while his girlfriend was charged with neglect of a child.

    Alexander Merida, 32, and Christina Morales, 28, were arrested Nov. 20 after an investigator with the Department of Children and Families was called to their residents on NE 48 Street.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the investigator noticed injuries to the child's face and scheduled a medical examination the following day. The sheriff’s office was brought into the case following the exam.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday-Sunday

    Manatee park hosts “Clay Landing Days”

  • Bikers unite to spread Christmas cheer

    The 5th Annual Nature Coast Toys for Tots Ride raised $16,631 to be used to purchase toys for children in the tri-county area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

    Of that amount, $10,270 was cleared on the raffle of a new Toys for Tots bike built by Gulf Coast Sledz, after the bills were paid for building it. Gulf Coast Sledz donated the 400 hours of build time for the bike valued at $32.000.

  • Church News

    • Old Town Methodist hosts cookie walk and Christmas sale

    The Old Town United Methodist Women and the Bible Study Class are having their annual cookie walk and Christmas sale on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the fellowship hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A cookie walk is tables of homemade cookies ready for you to choose from.

        You purchase the size tin you wish to fill and pick from among the decorative and special dietetic cookies. Plus there will be many beautiful and useful Christmas items.

    • A Concert with Haitian Flair

  • Children of the World concert Wednesday

    The Lighthouse Word Church will be hosting in concert, The Children of The World International Children’s Choir on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. These orphan children travel the world to generate compassion and inspire individuals to get involved by providing clean water to help save lives.  A special video presentation will take you into the heart of this crisis and show how you can make a difference. For further information, feel free to visit their website at www.worldhelp.net.

  • Good News: Loving living in Levy County

    I know there’s a perception that media folks are always critical of everything. But I hope it’s not so.

    And I have had folks in Levy express disdain for folks who move here for its wonderful atmosphere, or any of a variety of reasons, then promptly turn around and want to change it into wherever they came from. It’s a valid complaint.

    But I realized recently how wholeheartedly I have come to embrace Levy County when I cringed at the responses of two job applicants to the question: What do you know about Levy County?

  • Airheads invade Levy for Suwannee Tech Day

    Airheads from all over the state converged on a 45-acre farm located between Cedar Key and Chiefland recently for the Second Annual Suwannee River Tech Day and Camp.

    The international Airheads Beemer Club is for riders who own BMW bikes with air-cooled engines. Most anything that happens with an Airhead Beemer can be repaired on the side of the road with the tool kit that BMW provides — with the right knowledge, of course.

    That’s why the Airheads motto is “Simple by Choice.”

  • Dixie County’s only former POW dies at 88

    Clarification:

    The following story on Charlie Combs, a POW during World War II, said He was captured in Guam and was just a half mile from where an atom bomb was dropped on Japan. The story should have said Combs was taken from Guam to Japan after being captured by Japanese forces.

    Story:

    Charlie Combs got a rough start on life, and much of his youth was a battle for survival.

  • Bronson mayor refuses to resign

    Clarification

    A Nov. 19 Citizen story that said Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler resigned from his job as a Levy County  Sheriff’s corrections officer I, a position he held for 19 years, as a result of a reprimand, should have said Schuler resigned after he received the reprimand because Schuler said he felt the sheriff could not be trusted to back him.

  • The Week Ahead

    Monday

    Cooks can get a break at CHS pie auction

    Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is stressful enough without having to worry about baking a dessert as well.

    So take the easy way out and buy dessert at the Chiefland High School pie auction. The city’s best cooks contribute their signature sweets to the sale.

    The doors to the school cafeteria open at 5:30 for a preview. Bidding starts at 6 p.m. County Commissioner Chad Johnson, a professional auctioneer, will do the honors.