Today's News

  • On Santa Claus

    Based on my five-year-old’s behavior in the last few days leading up to Christmas, I got the distinct impression he did not believe Santa was watching him through a crystal ball.
    And after his ruthless cross-examination of me on how Santa manages to transcend the laws of physics, I got another distinct impression that he did not believe in Santa at all.

  • Planning for the new year

    Work schedules  keep us from visiting our Georgia family and friends as much as we like, so after spending Thanksgiving here in Williston, we decided we were northbound for Christmas.
    As usual, the week before Christmas was a blur as I did last- minute shopping (done for everyone in less than four hours), gift wrapping, baking and creating goodies, addressing and mailing Christmas cards (no one said they had to arrive before Dec. 25), all the while holding down a full-time job.

  • Jessica Nicole Standridge, Enjoyed scrapbooking, swimming and Bible reading

    Jessica Nicole Standridge died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at her home in Old Town after a long illness.  She was 19.
    Jessica was born on Dec. 23, 1991.  She graduated from Dixie County High School in 2010 and was dual enrolled in Gateway Community College during high school. She worked as a cashier at Hitchcock’s Foodway in Old Town.  She was a member of the Cross City Pentecostal Holiness Church, she was active in the Driven Youth Team.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, swimming and reading her bible.

  • Open season on area monkeys

    Williston resident and county commissioner Danny Stevens got more than he bargained for Sunday morning when he called his 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, to look out the window at the deer knocking corn out of a backyard feeder.
    Upon closer inspection, the “deer” was standing on its hind legs and it wasn’t a deer at all–it was a monkey, specifically a Patas Monkey.
    “It was over three feet tall,” Danielle said Monday, with her father adding with its arms outstretched and standing, it was much bigger than that.

  • Methodists begin year-long celebration of 150 years in Chiefland

       January kicks off a year-long, sesquicentennial celebration of the Methodist Church in Chiefland. In the next several months, the First United Methodist Church will explore the changes that have taken place over the last 150 years and remember the people who have had active parts in making those changes. We are inviting former pastors to preach each month. On Jan., 9, Rev. Gene Zimmerman, pastor of our church from 1954 to 1956, will be bringing the Sunday morning sermon.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Dec. 30

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Dec. 26–Robert William Bernstein, 45, Bronson. Lewd/lascivious offense on victim under 12. Bond $100,000.
    n Dec. 25–David Timothy Booher, 53, Williston. Retail theft. Bond $5,000.
    n Dec. 23–Eric Alan Burke, 25, Trenton. Robbery with a firearm, evidence destroying. Bond $110,000.
    n Dec. 26–Boyd Iris Chisolm, 50, Chiefland. Criminal mischief. Bond $10,000.
    n Dec. 26–Joshua Lee Clarke, 29, Inglis. Domestic battery. Bond $15,000.

  • AARP installs new 2011 officers

    From left Alfonso Johnson, District Team Leader; Secretary, Felice Swalla; Treasurer, Nancy Padgett; President Randy Durden; and Vice President Betty Durden.

  • Senior center Santa

    On December 17, Santa visited the Cruse Senior Center where seniors meet every day to enjoy fellowship, games and lunch.
    The Cruse Center is located on the corner of US Hwy. 129 and NW 50th St. - four miles north of the blinker light in Bell. If you are a senior (60 years old and up), please feel free to join them.
    Our local Santa, Michael Moore, also visited the Trenton Senior Center. Please come and join other seniors at either one of our Senior Centers during the coming year.

  • AARP news

    AARP held its regular monthly meeting Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lodge of Otter Springs.
    December is our fund raising month; we will be having a Silent Auction of all of the items that the members bring in.  There are always many good buys for the wise shopper. The high-lite of the day will be the "noisey auction" where you will have a chance to bid on items donated by local merchants.  It's always a lot of fun.

  • AARP schedules winter driving classes

       The AARP Safe Driving Course class schedule has been announced for the first three months of 2011.
       Because Florida state law requires that any insurance company doing business in the state must give a discount to those completing an AARP Safe Driving Course, it's a good idea to update yourself and get information on newly enacted motor vehicle and traffic laws. Contact your agent for discount amounts.