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Today's News

  • The art of trash

    More than 75 people turned out to the opening Saturday night to see the 47 highly-creative entries, including five from exhibit judge Chick Schwartz.  

    Chick is a sculptor who works in bronze, cement, wood, ceramics and found objects. His work has been featured in more than 25 one person shows in galleries and museums across the U.S. and Canada.  

    Chick and his wife Marsha are the artists who conceived and built the fisherman and fish in the CKAC Sculpture Garden.

  • Gospel broadcaster has golden microphone

    Rhonda Cook’s eyes welled up with tears when she recounted the story of a woman who called her one day at the small radio station she runs out of Long Pond Baptist Church.

    The woman had recently lost a loved one and was calling Cook to praise her for the work she does.

    “The statement she made to me was, ‘ I couldn’t have got through the last two years had it not been for this station,’ ” Cook said.  “And that’s when you know what you’re doing is making a difference.”

  • Indictment in shooting of Dixie deputy

    A Dixie County grand jury has handed down a first degree murder indictment against a man in the Jan. 14 fatal shooting of Dixie Sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed Jr.

    Reed, 33, died after a shootout at a Cross City gas station where he and other officers attempted to apprehend John Kalisz, 55. Kalisz had led officers on a chase from Hernando through Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties as he fled his sister's home. He is charged in the shooting death of his sister, a second woman and the shootings of his niece and a fourth woman in Hernando County.

  • One hundred years

    Hundreds of friends and family members turned out Saturday to wish Marie Meeks, of Ellzey, a happy one-hundredth birthday.  Meeks, the oldest of 11 children born and raised in Williston, was a school teacher in Levy County for 35 years.  After the crowd sang happy birthday to Meeks, she grabbed a microphone and told them, “I want to thank everybody that came.  I enjoyed it and loved every minute of it...it has been a blessed life.”

  • Hundreds turn out to take trip back in time

    Andrew Davis said he was about 7 years old when his father first took him out hunting in the furrowed and freshly plowed farmlands of Levy County.  

    Davis said what they sought, though well hidden and making no sound, almost seemed to have the desire of wanting to be found, of wanting to tell a story.

    The stories are those of people that inhabited the land long before the days of fences, highways and acres upon acres of plump, juicy watermelons.  

  • Ten Commandments dedicated

    The Rev. Carl Carnegie is dry despite the rains as he blesses and dedicates the new Ten Commandments monument at the Levy County Courthouse as Kellie Stevens of Williston, wife of Levy County Commissioner Danny Stevens, shares her umbrella. About two dozen people turned out for the dedication despite rainy skies and cool temperatures. The monument is provided by the Tri-County Pregnancy Center of Williston on behalf of an anonymous donor. Under County guidelines the Center is responsible for the maintenance of the monument and any legal challenges to its placement on public land.

  • Deputy’s affair almost came to confrontation

    On July 17, 2009,  Melissa Owens called her daughter Crystal Owens Stephens because her son-in-law, Walt Stephens, a man with a temper who also owns guns, was headed to Deputy Charles “Chuck” Johnson Jr.’s home to confront his wife and the deputy.

    Stephens was also on the phone to dispatch saying he wanted to file a complaint about the affair and he was going to confront the two.

    Although Stephens did not have any of his guns with him that night, it was not known if he did have any weapon with him.

  • Smoke clears around fire job

    After four months of being without a permanent fire chief, city commissioners voted unanimously 4-0 at Monday’s special meeting to hire James L. Harris, of Chiefland, for the position.

    Vice Mayor Teresa Barron, at the beginning of the meeting, expressed interest in only two candidates, Harris and David R. Dobrzykowski, of Minneola.

    And despite Harris being one of the three final applicants Barron expressed doubt about at last month’s special meeting, she said, “I really do think that either of these two guys is great.”

  • Bronson education aide praised for her efforts

    Donna Leggett, an exceptional student education aide at Bronson Middle/High School, was selected as the 2009-2010 School-Related Employee of the Year.

    In her fourth year at Bronson, Leggett has devoted her time to tutoring and assisting some the school's neediest students. She also helps teachers with students that require special accommodations.

    Her patience and understanding does not only apply to academics, either. She also helps students with their emotional well being, providing students with the encouragement they need to perform at their best.

  • Florida counties named natural disaster areas due to Jan. freeze

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued an official declaration designating 60 Florida counties, including Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties, as primary natural disaster areas, due to losses caused by record cold weather, frost, and freezes that occurred from Jan. 2 through Jan. 14.