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Today's News

  • Spillane to be next centenarian

    The year 1912 was a busy one for the United States and for the rest of the world.  Across the globe, the Republic of China was formed, and the countries of Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Bulgaria were pitted against the Ottoman empire in the First Balkan War.

  • Recycling expected to grow in Chiefland

    Recycling in Chiefland has been such a success in its first year that Waste Pro officials would like businesses to know they can help them recycle too.
    Dana Miller, who does municipal marketing for the waste hauler, told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Jan. 11, that her firm can work with businesses to show how recycling can benefit the business. "We can work it where it's reducing your cost," Miller said. "We can come into your business and customize it."

  • Time clocks, technology, insurance get priority

    County operations could enter  the 21st Century if the Levy County Commission accomplishes everything on the priority list it informally adopted during a workshop on Tuesday.
    Each commissioner presented a list of the priorities for the coming year and then spoke about what they wanted accomplished. After 90 minutes they agreed to focus on technology improvements, insurance coverage for county employees, a special events permit ordinance, local preference ordinance in purchasing, centralized purchasing, asset management and time clocks for county employees.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Jan. 19

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:
    n Jan. 9, Melissa L. Barclay, 37, Williston, three out of county warrants.
    n Jan. 10, Mark Byram Jr., 20, Cross City, out of county warrant.
    n Jan. 11, Shea Jacob Colson, 21, Gulf Hammock, burglary, grand theft. Bond $90,000.
    n Jan. 15, William Jensen Cottrell, 31, Williston, battery.
    n Jan. 10, Amanda Jean Douglas, 32, Morriston, eight VOP.
    n Jan. 13, Jermaine Levon Harris, 34, Williston, drug equipment and possession. Bond $2,500.

  • United Way offers free tax prep, filing for local residents

    If you worked in 2011 and your household made less than $50,000, United Way of North Central Florida wants to do your taxes for free.
    It’s part of a combined effort with the IRS to help low to moderate-income working people keep more of their refund and not pay for income tax services.
    "This is money that is owed to the working-class and middle-class citizens of our community," said Debbie Mason, president and CEO of United Way of North Central Florida.  "They just need to know about it to take advantage of it."

  • ATV deaths bring warnings

    In response to two deaths involving riders on ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) the Levy County Sheriff's Office has issued a reminder about laws governing the vehicles' use and offered some safety tips to prevent users from being a victim of an ATV accident.
    In 2006 the Florida Legislature passed a law allowing ATV's to be operated on any public roads or streets during the daytime hours on an unpaved roadway where the posted speed limit is less than 35 miles per hour by a licensed driver. 

  • Second AC theft suspect arrested

    A second man sought in the Dec. 27 theft of an air conditioner that was captured on the owner's game camera was arrested on Wednesday by Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Stancil.
    Raymond Shiver, 26, of Morriston, joins his brother Alexander Matthew Shiver, 23, at the Levy County Jail on charges of  grand theft. The elder Shiver also faces a charge of resisting arrest without violence after he fled on foot from Stancil during a traffic stop in Williston.

  • Diabetes denial a big-time problem

    According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes occurs when a person's body “does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.” It's the most common form of diabetes.
    Barb Landes of West Liberty, Ohio, has been reading this column in the River Current. She knows diabetes better than just about anyone: her late father had type 2 diabetes, she has been a diabetes nurse educator for more than 30 years, and she herself was diagnosed in 2008 as having pre-diabetes.

  • CHS drops a letter

    The state Department of Education's grades for high schools are out and it's a mixed report for Levy County.
    The report card:
    • Bronson Middle/High School got a C, down from last year's B
    • Cedar Key High School got a C, down from last year's A
    • Chiefland got a B, down from last year's A, and
    • Williston High School got a B, up from a C.

  • Arson suspected in Chiefland fires

    Several recent home fires in Chiefland are suspected to be the result of arson, according to Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris.
    The fires are still being investigated by state officials, he told commissioners at Monday night's regular meeting, but the fact that the two homes were abandoned, without electricity, is a strong indicator that the fires were set on purpose.
    He said he's not sure what the motives behind the arsons could have been. Neither of the homes were insured.