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Today's News

  • Letters to the editor

    Responding on health care

    I can not resist responding to the “Reform health care now” letter of the Nov. 26.  The dear lady is absolutely on track.  Our European brothers and especially the French should set the stage for our reform!  I wonder while we are at it why not revamp our entire Government and pattern it upon a European model.

    Health care reform certainly has a ring to it.  

  • Bronson boys hold on for hoops victory

     Bronson High School’s boys basketball team pulled away late to defeat the Branford Buccaneers 36-29 last Monday.

    But according to coach Aaron Haldeman, the game shouldn’t have been even that close.

    Trying to kill off time late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles missed several potential shots to pull even further ahead. But each miss gave the Buccaneers another chance to close the gap, leaving Haldeman frustrated despite the victory.

  • Bucs topple Eagles’ girls, 36-19

     Despite battling back to tie the game at halftime, Bronson High School’s girls varsity basketball team couldn’t overcome Branford’s third quarter scoring surge, falling 36-19 to the Buccaneers last Monday.

    The loss was an early stumbling block for the young Eagles, coach Greg Hamilton said. Starting a group of young players — several of whom did not play for the team last season — presents several challenges. It’s still early, but Hamilton said his squad has plenty of room to grow.

  • Web Exclusive: Williston boys roll Chiefland in season opener (with video)

     

     

    Chiefland High School's boys basketball team faced a big test in its first game of the season last Tuesday against Williston.

    And despite Eugene Carter's 29 points and the Indians' strong second quarter performance, the Red Devils overwhelmed Chiefland, 72-48.

  • Breaking NewsJury unanimous: Yearty, Parker guilty

    Levy County Commissioners William Samuel "Sammy" Yearty and Robert Anthony "Tony" Parker were unanimously found guilty by a jury of conspiring and accepting a $10,000 bribe to pay for a trip to New York City in December 2007 in return for favorable treatment of a project proposed by an FBI agent posing as a developer.

    Yearty was also found guilty on a third charge — lying to a federal agent — for denying in an interview that he had accepted a lunch, dinner or gift from anyone.

  • FWC exotic, dangerous animal survey extended to Dec. 7

    Update:

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has extended its deadline for the public to participate in an online survey that will help the agency develop new requirements for possessing Class I, II and III wildlife. The survey began on Nov. 3 and has been extended from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7. A limited response from the public resulted in the extension.

  • Yearty, Parker trial to begin Monday

    Levy County Commisioners Sammy Yearty of Gulf Hammock and Anthony “Tony” Parker of Bronson were on top of the world just a little over a year ago. Both had been re-elected — Yearty handily and Parker in an 88-vote squeaker.

    The next day, Yearty was in federal court accused in an unsealed federal indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes in return for using his position on behalf of a fictitious company, Gideon Development and the developer, an undercover agent who went by the name “Sean Michaels,” and of lying to federal investigators.

  • Officials meet,discuss future of area springs

    Officials and representatives from at least a dozen businesses and state and local government organizations gathered Thursday at Fanning Springs City Hall to discuss the fate and preservation of Manatee and Fanning Springs.

    Carol Lippincott, an environmental consultant, coordinated the meeting and started it off with an update on what is currently known about the health of the springs.

  • Quilt show in time for Thanksgiving

    The Levy County Quilt Museum will hold its 26th annual quilt show starting on Nov. 26.

    Winnelle Horne, the museums director and co-founder, said the event would run for 10 days and feature over 100 quilts made by the Log Cabin Quilters. About 2/3 of the quilts are hand made, and people wishing to purchase a quilt can expect to pay anywhere from $150 to several hundred dollars.

    There’s no charge to attend the show, she said, and food will be available. The last Saturday of the event, Dec. 5, will have music and a chicken and dumpling dinner.

  • Williston man charged with abuse, molestation; mother with neglect of girl, 2

    A Williston man has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a two-year-old girl while his girlfriend was charged with neglect of a child.

    Alexander Merida, 32, and Christina Morales, 28, were arrested Nov. 20 after an investigator with the Department of Children and Families was called to their residents on NE 48 Street.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the investigator noticed injuries to the child's face and scheduled a medical examination the following day. The sheriff’s office was brought into the case following the exam.