Today's News

  • Toys for Tots distribution Dec. 14,15 and 17

    The Tri-County Toys for Tots distribution will be Dec. 14 for Levy County, Dec. 15 for Gilchrist County and Dec. 17 for Dixie County.

    The program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with the help of area residents distributed thousands of toys annually to families who would not otherwise have gifts for their children.

    Applications have been taken this fall and anyone with an application is asked to turn it in at the Toys for Tots booth between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday., Dec. 11, at the Fanning Springs Festival of Lights at Fort Fanning State Park.

  • Blair jury deadlocks

    Pamela Williams Blair's trial on a federal charge of lying to an FBI agent during an interview ended with a hung jury on Wednesday breaking a string of convictions for federal prosecutors.

    Blair was arrested in December 2008 in connection with an FBI investigation into public corruption in Dixie and Levy counties. An undercover FBI agent posed as a New Jersey-based developer looking to bribe officials in return for favorable treatment of his projects.

  • Two arrested in drug cases

    Two men, one from Chiefland and another from Gainesville were arrested on drug charges in unrelated cases.
    Melvin Alday, 76, of Chiefland was arrested by Levy County Drug Task Force Agent Jay Bolton on Dec. 2 and charged with the sale of 19.1 grams of Vicodin to a confidential source in August 2010, according to a Levy County Sheriff's press release. The quantity is large enough to charge Alday with trafficking. His bond is $ 50,000.

  • Christmas play at Lighthouse Word Church

    Are you looking for something a little different to help you celebrate Christmas this year?  If so, you will love the  “It’s A Madison County Christmas” play.

    The performance is at Lighthouse Word Church on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

    The morning will begin with brunch and Christmas goodies, followed by the play, featuring good old country humor, and ending with traditional Christmas Carols. 

  • Some rules to provide good public service

     I did not write the headline on this column, nor did I write most of what you will read here. But what follows is pretty darned good stuff that I wish I had thought of writing.

  • News briefs

     Native Plant Society to meet

  • True regard for others is rare

         "We love him, because he first loved us." 

  • Soil, water board meeting cancelled

    The Levy Soil and Water Conservation District Board has cancelled the monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7,  at 6:30 p.m. at the USDA Service Center in Bronson, due to a conflicting meeting. The board will resume monthly meetings on Jan. 4, 2011.

  • Cedar Key Boat Parade Dec. 11

    Cedar Key is holding a boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 11, with a rain date on Sunday, Dec. 12.

    Boats will line up in the Gulf in front of the Beach Front Motel around dusk.

    Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated boats.  

    For more information or to register your boat, call Rose Cantwell at 352-543-6346 or 215-6341 (cell).

  • Players present "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus"

    The Suwannee Valley Players present "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus," by Jamie Gorski on two weekends — Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12 at the Chief Theater.