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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Back-to-school sales tax holiday

    Florida’s three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday will run from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7. The holiday begins Friday, Aug. 5, at 12:01 a.m.

    During the holiday period, no sales or local option tax will be collected on purchases of “clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.” Additionally, applicable school supplies that costs $15 or less per item will also be exempt from sales taxes.

    Visit www.myflorida.com/dor for more information on eligible items.

  • Comunity Calendar for the week of July 28

    Today, July 28

    Regional planning council meeting

    Please be advised that there will be a North Central Florida Regional Planning Council meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 213 N.W. Commerce Blvd., Lake City.  Guest speaker will be Jim Wood, Office of Policy Planning, Florida Department of Transportation.

    Click on the following link for a printable version of the complete Council meeting packet.ncfrpc.org/CouncilPackets/2016/07_28_16.pdf

  • Williston man arrested on sex charges

    A Williston man has been arrested on multiple charges of having sex with an underage girl and is being investigated for similar activity with a second underage girl, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Dillon Arnold Bird, 24, of Williston was arrested after Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Narayan and Investigator Mike Wilkinson met with the parent of a 17-year-old-female. The parent reported discovering evidence that the daughter had been involved in a sexual relationship with Bird.