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Today's News

  • More drug arrests made

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force continues to release information and make arrests in an eight-month operation buying drugs in the Williston area in Operation Krystal Ball

    Officers have arrested mor than 30 persons since the roundup began in August with a search warrant served at Krystal Wilcox's residence at 20911 N.E 40 Street.

    The investigation was launched after the residents in the community complained of the heavy drug traffic at Wilcox's residence and the illegal narcotic transactions in the Williston area, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

  • One of these days

    One of these days, I'm going to write something nice about football officials.

    Sorry, this isn't that day.

    Watching the NFL game between the Jaguars and Titans on Sunday, I clearly saw Maurice Jones-Drew scamper into the end zone on a run.

    Incredibly, the refs on the field wanted to spot the ball on the 1.

    The replay clearly showed the score, so Jags coach Jack DelRio challenged.

    Even more incredibly, the call on the field was upheld.

    Which brings me to another point.

    Why does the NFL employ replay officials in every stadium, anyway?

  • Fire departments score in new budget

    The first public hearing on Levy County's proposed budget and millage rate almost passed without fanfare Monday night-that is until representatives from the Fire Advisory Board took to the floor.

    Lamar Stegall, chairman of that group wanted to know point-blank what the county's fire departments were getting.

    In a time of cutbacks and sacrifices, three departments-Chiefland, Cedar Key and Inglis-had asked for increased funding to carryout their duties.

    Without lengthy debate, the county commissioners agreed that the extra funds were necessary.

  • Ride to Provide a 'blessing'

    U.S. 19 looks like a pretty big piece of road, at least until both northbound lanes are crammed with motorcycles - some 275 of them. Cars and trucks waited, and their drivers stared, as a mile-long parade of chrome, fringed leather and flames flowed through the tiny U.S. 19-State Road 24 interchange into Otter Creek Saturday morning.

  • Bronson clerk quits

    BRONSON - Donna Conquest enjoyed her job as Bronson's Town Clerk.

    For five years, she faithfully served the town and its people, performing a variety of tasks from taking water payments and answering questions from the public to balancing the budget books.

    But everybody apparently has their breaking point.

    Tired of accusations and personal attacks levied at her by two town council members and the fire chief in front of the public at monthly meetings over the past year, Conquest decided she had enough.

  • BOCC learns more costs go with radios

    The Levy County Commission was taken aback to learn in a budget workshop that the new radio system used by law enforcement and emergency responders will be expensive to maintain.

    During a workshop for county constitutional officers Tuesday afternoon, commissioners were told the county's 332 hand-held and mobile units, which already cost $14.95 each per month in user fees are almost out of warranty and an extended warranty will cost $175 per unit per year. That's $58,100 per year on top of the $59,560.80 in user fees.

  • Rustic setting sets scene for fund-raiser

    The Gilchrist Club, a private sportsman's paradise situated among the natural habitat of 23,000 wooded acres, is hosting Haven Hospice's fall fund-raiser on September 13.

    "Fall at the Lodge" will feature music on a deck overlooking Suwannee Lake, dinner on the lawn between the Main Lodge and the Cypress Lodge, scene of the silent auction, and clay shoots conducted by the club's guide.

  • With $10 and a phone number, he saw the world

    As America approaches the seventh anniversary of 9/11, Amar Parkash has a message for us: This is a great country.

    "It's greatness is not in the F-21 or 31 or the Sherman tanks," he says. "It is in the generosity of its people. That personifies what America is."

    Parkash says he should know. As he hitchhiked around the world, he arrived at Kennedy Airport in January 1968 with $10 in his pocket and the telephone number of his father's friend, a doctor practicing in New York City.

  • Chiefland leads pack at volleyball tourney

    "One of our goals was to come here and win this preseason tournament," said Emily Gore, head coach of Chiefland varsity volleyball.

    They did. Chiefland played scrappy, resourceful ball, taking three games in the first round to put down a more talented Williston team, then finishing off host Bronson in two games in the championship round.

    In the finishes of the four-team field, which saw Chiefland first, Bronson second, Williston third and Cedar Key fourth, every coach saw finetuning to be done, but also reasons to celebrate.

  • A dream deferred

    Friday's 90-minute lightning delay of the preseason matchup between Chiefland and Bronson was, in the end, little more than a dream deferred for the Indians. After 45 minutes of celestial displays, followed by 45 minutes of pelting rain, the teams were finally released to the misty turf, rewarding the patience of their dedicated fans.

    Chiefland won, bursting back onto the field to grab an immediate score on their way to a 46-6 victory over the cross-county Eagles.