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  • Chiefland woman hits it big

    Carolyn DeVore said she was just returning home from church when she received a call that would forever change her life.

    When she answered her phone,  the voice on the other end said, “ We hit it big.”

    “We hit what?” she asked the caller.

    “We hit the Lottery.” The voice told her.

    “And it was a whirlwind after that,” DeVore said in an interview last week.

    DeVore, of Chiefland, was one of 12 people to recently win $9 million off a Florida Lottery ticket bought at a Chiefland Winn-Dixie.

  • Sheriff's right-hand man calls it quits

    On July 17, 2009, Melissa Owens called the Levy County Sheriff’s Office to report that her son-in-law, Walt Stephens, a man with a temper, who also owns guns, was headed to Deputy Charles “Chuck” Johnson Jr.’s home to confront his wife and the deputy.

    Stephens was also on the phone to dispatch saying he wanted to file a complaint about the affair and he was going to confront the two.

    A probe into the incident has raised questions about the Sheriff’s Office operations in a situation that potentially could have turned violent and deadly.

  • Sheriff adds his two-cents worth to controversy

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith defended his second in command, Col. Mike Johnson, denying favoritism was shown to Johnson's two children by the department, but he acknowledged there have been mistakes and he is correcting them..

    “I view this as we have had a few bumps in the road,” Smith said, but added the Sheriff's Office “is in great shape.”

  • Deputy resigns ahead of firing

        Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Charles M. “Chuck” Johnson Jr., resigned Thursday morning just hours after a disciplinary review board decided he should be terminated after a new complaint arose that he had a sexual encounter with a pregnant married woman in the driveway of his Bronson home.

  • Skateboarders will need to find other place to play

    There may soon be strict regulations on skateboarding within the city limits. This had been only a topic of conversation before a minor accident in the municipal parking lot in front of city all brought it to the fore.

  • FOL hosts story in time for Valentine's Day

    Gita Poldema Barker shares her love story in the wake of WWII with the Friends of the Williston Library Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The story of her life, love, loss and new beginning has been told in a book The Long Walk Home.

  • Ineligible player voids Red Devils winning seasons

    An academically ineligible player has caused Williston High School to forfeit its winning football and basketball seasons.

    “We simply made a mistake that left one of our students academically ineligible, who played for the football team this season and the basketball team this year, up to Friday, Jan. 29,” said Williston Principal John Lott, accepting full responsibility for the egregious error.

  • Exotic animal exception fails Round 1

    After more than four hours of testimony from sides supporting and opposing an exotic animal sanctuary in Morriston, the Levy County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the special exception application.

    Between 60-70 people filled the courtroom Monday night to listen to Dr. Suzanne Billiar, an exotic animal owner and veterinarian, ask for a special exception to home more than 45 animals on a 3.5 acre tract of land that is zoned AR–agricultural/residential.

  • Lady Red Devils advance to district championship

    The Williston Lady Red Devils took their number one seed and had to wait three days to play. They were matched against the Santa Fe Lady Raiders on Thursday night at the Santa Fe Gym.

    It took the Lady Devils about 3 minutes to kick the rust off their playing and shooting as they missed their first 14 shots even after forcing 4 turnovers by the Lady Raiders.

    The Lady Devil defense held up and they never trailed in the game on their way to a 58-42 win.

  • Cedar Key is state’s best rural community

    The USDA has named the City of Cedar Key as Florida’s Rural Community of the Year for 2009.

    Located on the Gulf Coast of Levy County, Cedar Key’s belief in partnering to protect the community’s history, environment and working people piqued the interest of UDSA Rural Development, and led to the award that will be officially presented the community next week.