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Today's News

  • 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

  • Williston-born man lands role in Avatar

    It’s been almost 30 years since Pat Wilson graduated from Williston High School, but the boy who became the man Jim Pitt has never forgotten the town, community, school and friends who helped shape his character.

    Pitt, an actor who plays a space shuttle captain in James Cameron’s Avatar that opened Friday, dropped in last week to catch up with old friends and remind people he is still the person they knew.

  • Fear not the future

    ".....(he) called (it)...Ebenezer, saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."     

    1 Samuel 7:12

  • Things not on my New Year's resolution list

    It is typical this time of year to prepare a list of resolutions for the coming year. I believe this goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden when Adam said to Eve, "I think I'll turn over a new leaf this year." And so the tradition has come down to us today.

  • Judith Keffer Cooksey, former teacher and coach, dies at 58

    Judith Keffer Cooksey, 58, wife of current Bronson football coach Al Cooksey, died of an aneurysm on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

    Cooksey's time as a basketball and softball coach at Williston High School from 1980 to 1983 capped a long career  teaching physical education and coaching student athletes in Florida.

    But she made a tremendous impact both inside and outside the classroom, Mr. Cooksey said.

    "She'd give you the shirt off her back. She's going to be greatly missed, not only by me," he said.

    The couple was married for 25 years.

  • It's time for a change, people

    How many wonder about the robbery that took place on Oct. 9th 2009, at the veneer mill in Cross City.

    When the officers that where dispatched out in search for who stole money and a safe from the company, in their search across the street the local paper stated  that they found two local residents that had been running a methamphetamine lab. The paper stated that there was a smoking jar and several chemicals in the home found to manufacture the meth.

  • Why not my father?

    The City of Chiefland lost a pioneer of the Chiefland Police Department on December 21, 2009.  I am speaking of my father, Etheridge “Crackshot” Bryant.  He gave the City of Chiefland several years of his life as their first African-American police officer.  Moreover, since he started his career as a police officer in this city, he deserved some recognition from his home department.  The Chiefland Police Department should have joined forces with the West Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, who traveled five hours, to honor him.

  • Love for Sammy Yearty

    I feel compelled to write this letter about a man I love; a man of joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.  He is one of my best friends; he is my brother. Our families often eat together, have great cookouts and fish fries, and travel and vacation together.  One of our most precious hobbies is genealogy.  Sammy is a great historian of the Yearty family, and of Levy County. He has a remarkable memory.   Although he is always available for his family, he has been dedicated to all in Levy County for 30 years.

  • AARP surveys arbitrary

    The letter titled “AARP members support health care reform” from Doug Heinlen, President, AARP Florida states that from a recent survey, 66% of Florida members support health care legislation. I recieved such a survey call from AARP. It was an electronic questioner. The initial question asked if I wanted my voice to be heard regarding health care, if yes, press a number. I pressed the requested number. That led to a second electronic voice that thanked me for my support of AARP's endeavors in the health care reform bill now before congress.