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Today's News

  • Case reopens to determine damages

    BRONSON - Many were called but few were chosen March 3 when a jury trial started to decide monetary damages to be awarded in a 2002 civil circuit court case that reopened.

    There were 150 people summoned to be jurors in the trial of Wesley versus Security Trust Plans, Circuit Court Clerk Danny Shipp told the prospective jurors that Monday morning.

    From those 150 individuals, about half were excused by the judge before the start of selecting a jury. That brought the number to 73 possible jurors, Shipp said.

  • Sheriff's Report

    The following people were arrested by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. All people in the United States are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Darrel Petrykowski, 19, of Bronson was arrested Feb. 23 for three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Bond $37,500.

    * Timothy Ronald Wetherington, 19, of Chiefland was arrested Feb. 29 for aggravated battery. Bond $15,000.

  • Matt Geiger

    A couple of weeks ago, my husband I were riding bikes when we stopped at the little store in Gulf Hammock to get water. It's a regular stopping point for us and I was surprised when this Expedition limousine pulled up and a tall ( 7 feet, 1 inch) guy came in for a junk food stop.

    I asked him how the weather was up there, and we began having a conversation.

    He told me his name, said he had played basketball for the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers and was now retired.

    He was on his way from Tallahassee to Tampa.

    He was a pleasure to talk with.

  • Many Stars

    I was raised in Chiefland but when I turned 18 I moved to Los Angeles. I have met several celebrities over the year I have lived here: Pauly Shore, Kevin Nealon, Kimbo Slice (youtube fighter), Pauly (from the Rocky movies), Nia Long, Young Berg (rapper) and I've seen Bruce Willis and Cedric the Entertainer and Anna Farris (from the Scary movies).

    Most of the time it's just a simple 'hello' or something to acknowledge them.

    But being out here has shown me how simple these people are.

  • Jerry Glanville

    Being a journalist has given me the opportunity to meet a number of celebrities from the sports and entertainment arenas.

    However, I figured that would be an unfair advantage for this section.

    It would have to be someone I met per-chance on the street. Or in this case, in a hotel lobby waiting for an elevator.

    I can't remember the exact year ... maybe 1992 or 93. It was in Daytona during Speedweeks. There were a few of us up from the Port Charlotte area to take in the races.

  • Gypsy Rose Lee

    I grew up in a New York boarding house so celebrities were always passing through, but to me they were just regular people-like Robert Ripley. I was used to sword swallowers and glass eaters.

    Once though on my lunch break, I went to a department store. There was a lot of activitiy going on because Gypsy Rose Lee was there. I thought she was an author for a book signing or something.

    I had done modeling and someone from the store approached and asked if I could model, since one of the regulars hadn't shown.

  • Alan Jackson

    I wanted to share my story with you about getting to meet country music superstar Alan Jackson.

    My employer, Capital City Bank, had a contest called "Cornbread and Chicken". This was a message about Alan Jackson coming to Tallahassee and the first 35 associates to find the hidden message received two tickets each.

    I started looking for the e-mail and finally found it hidden in our marketing department's information. I was elated when I won two tickets so I called my grandson, Logan Malphurs to see if he would like to go with me.

  • Boston Celtics

    I am old now with achy breaky arthritic joints to bare witness. I was young then with ambition to succeed in business.

    I joined a professional business organization and soon attended a far away convention thinking, "WELL, isn't THIS cool." I felt like I could hear the swelling of a French horn chorus.

    This, after I made arrangements for my children and spouse to have meals, money and tranportations. I packed a suitcase, loaded the car with three passengers plus luggage and drove all day.

  • George Harrison

    My celebrity encounter was on the beach in South Florida in the late 60s. I was 15 at the time and had borrowed a surfboard from a friend to try to learn to surf. I paddled the board up the beach away from my peers so they wouldn't laugh at my attempts to a spot which was used by tourists staying at an upscale condo.

    While I was there I spotted an older man, probably in his mid-20s, sitting on the beach playing a very unusual looking instrument which resembled a guitar. The instrument was about 4-feet long or so with a small ukulele looking base.

  • Vince Gill

    Several years ago in Tampa my family had the opportunity to meet Vince Gill. He was very nice to us, and posed for pictures with each of us-my husband Ken, my daughter Whitney, and my sister Molly Beckham Cowart.

    Later, we all also went to his celebrity golf tournament in Nashville, called "The Vinny." There we met Amy Grant, who later became his wife!

    Vanessa Edmunds

    Cedar Key