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Today's News

  • Letter: Not buying Nelson’s response

    I recently wrote our Senator Bill Nelson urging him to be bold and brave and stand up for the American people and reject the current government plan for the takeover of the health care industry.  I was really surprised to get an answer, but not really surprised to find out how little notice is paid to his constituents.  I guess that his minion picked the wrong letter out of his junk mail answers. Anyway, since he said not to reply to his response, I thought I would share my reply with you.

  • Viewing today, burial Monday for shooting victim

    Less than two weeks ago Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, married Charles Edwin Duke, 23.

    Wednesday night they argued at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

    It ended when he shot her several times, dumped her body at a hunting camp, and took their roommate hostage for more than six hours in a standoff with deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

  • Fire chief ignites city commission

    Fire Chief John Ward was fired Monday night after a heated two-hour exchange between him and the city commission over his job performance over the last year.

    Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of the motion made by Vice Mayor Teresa Barron.  Commissioner Rollin Hudson voted against the motion.

    “I think the fire chief has lost his effectiveness and lost his ability to work with the commission,” Mayor Teal Pomeroy said.

  • Man charged in wife's death, kidnapping

    In October, Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, and Charles Edwin Duke, 23, picked up a marriage license.  They had been in an off and on relationship for several years.

    They returned from their honeymoon on Nov. 3 and Fine, who worked as a front desk clerk at Island House in Cedar Key, went to work the next day. Duke did not go to work..

    When she came home,  the couple argued about money, alcohol and an unpaid credit card bill at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

  • Love wears fur

    Ninety-year-old Olga, a long-term resident at Tri-County Nursing Home, in Trenton, looked a little confused when a small group of people entered her room asking questions about expecting visitors Thursday.

    But her confusion melted when she saw that two of the group’s members were short, hairy and of the canine variety.

    “I love animals,” she said as she caressed one of the dogs sitting on her bed, “ and they are so adorable.”

  • Handgun class has its sights on helping family in need

    About $2,500 was collected Saturday from 46 participants in a concealed weapons permit class at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff's Lt. Scott Finnen said the proceeds from the event would go to the Cates Children Family Fund — set up for the five children who lost their mother, Carrie L. Cates, 39, in a traffic accident about a month ago.

  • Utopian Sanctuary

    Three miles from Williston off a bumpy hilly road, a passage through scrub and pasture leads the unsuspecting traveler to the utopian sanctuary that Dr. Raymond Webber calls home.

    More than 400 species of plants thrive on his 100-acre bit of paradise that has been more than 16 years in the making.

    “Not many people in Florida have their house built into the side of a cliff,” Webber, an endodonist by trade, explains as he begins his trek through the assorted gardens that he has designed.

    Indeed, the vista from this porch is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Suspicious man causes Bronson school lockdown

    Bronson Elementary School was in lockdown for 45 minutes Monday morning after a man spotted on campus fled.

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office said they are on the lookout for a white male, 5-feet, 7-inches tall possibly in his mid-50s with salt and pepper hair, and facial hair. He was wearing a green or brown shirt and blue jeans.

  • Church News

    Suwannee Valley collects gifts

    for Samaritan’s Purse, world’s

    largest Christmas project

     Suwannee Valley residents are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project.

  • Hurricane IdaWind, rain to be main effects on Levy

    Emergency management officials are urging residents to closely monitor Hurricane Ida as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico and makes its way toward the Florida Panhandle.

    “All Floridians should take this storm seriously and not be caught off-guard over the next few days,” said Ruben D. Almaguer, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Residents across Florida are urged follow the progress of Ida and be prepared to implement their family disaster plans and heed local advisories.