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Today's News

  • Haven Hospice volunteer provides helping paw to Kids for K9s

    “It happened several times,” said Kaye Gaither. “My husband Michael, Honey and I would be in a public place and a small child would see us and smile. Then their parents would see us and become nervous and direct their children to stay away from us.”

  • Accident closes road

    Drivers found themselves taking a detour to avoid Levy County Road 339 at U.S. Highway 27A after a fertilizer truck overturned on Thursday, July 21.

    While drivers are detouring to CR 339A this week due to piling repairs on a bridge, they took the detour a little early when the truck accident shut down the road.

    The truck driver, who was not identified, was transported for medical treatment. The Florida Highway Patrol has not released a report on the accident.

  • Public gets their questions answered by hopefuls

    Saturday's candidate forum, sponsored by Williston AARP Chapter 912 and Citizens for an Engaged Electorate, drew several questions and raised many more that were left unanswered due to time constraints.

    What follows are the paraphrased questions and answers.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Q: What changes to standards, curriculum and testing do you support?

    Jerry Lawrence: There's too much teaching to test, he said, and it takes away from what students need to learn. He supports working toward the elimination of so much testing.

  • Candidates pack'em in at forum

    The first of four candidate forums began with a resounding message from Tammy Jones, Supervisor of Elections. Aug. 30 is THE election.

    Because only Republican candidates are vying for county races, winners will be decided when Levy County voters head to the polls in a month.

    That means when registered Democrats get their ballots in August, there will be Republican candidates on it, Jones said, despite the fact this is a primary election.

  • CF receives suicide prevention grant

    The College of Central Florida has been awarded a $294,930 Campus Suicide Prevention Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The funds will be used to implement a collegewide suicide prevention project. The project will allow the college to develop and implement an infrastructure that will promote education and awareness, incorporating the philosophy that it is everyone’s responsibility to be knowledgeable on suicide awareness, know the signs and symptoms, strategies to dealing with and know the resources to use, if an occurrence occurs.

  • Student volunteers needed for Stuff the Bus

    The Levy County Schools' Foundation needs volunteer students to help with the annual Stuff The Bus Campaign.

    If you have a child who is looking for community service hours and can be at the Chiefland Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The student doesn’t need to volunteer for the entire time, but please let Matthew Dettloff at matthew.dettloff@levy.k12.fl.us or call 941-812-4661.

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  • Williston Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.

  • City goes with Waste Pro

    After two staff studies and much discussion on Monday, the Chiefland City Commission decided to renew its garbage pickup contract with Waste Pro.

    City manager Mary Ellzey opened the discussion saying whether No. 1 ranked bidder Waste Pro of Fanning Springs or No. 2 WCA of Gainesville got the contract “residential customers will see savings, some commercial will see savings.” The third bidder was Advanced Disposal.

    She also noted that lower prices for garbage hauling also mean the city’s 82 percent franchise fee will bring in less money.

  • County Emergency Management buys WeatherSTEM for schools

    The Levy County Department of Emergency Management in partnership with the WeatherSTEM Company has now made it much easier and more accurate for citizens of Levy County to check their local weather conditions.

  • Thief takes Vietnam vet's wheelchairs

    Richard Howell served his country and for his service in Vietnam he was left disabled, using a wheel chair and still carries bullets in his back.

    The former Navy gunner's mate on a swift boat is not bitter about that, but he is bitter that some thief or thieves have stolen two conventional wheelchairs from his carport while he was out using a third electric wheelchair.

    He said the theft was deliberate because the person had to come inside the fence on his property to gain access to the wheel chairs ― one of which reclines.