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  • Breaking News

    "We simply played to our potential, and pressured the basketball through out the game," said a jubilant Williston Head Coach Steve Faulkner Tuesday’s game that saw his Red Devils crushing Trinity Catholic’s Celtics 68-34.

    The Red Devils faced the Celtics down and ran out to a 25-6 first quarter lead with their speed, pressure defense and athleticism.

  • School District banking on “Race to the Top’

    Finding revenue to keep the school district growing and improving is still first and foremost on Superintendent Bob Hastings’ mind.

    Wednesday, the superintendent addressed about 20 people at the first Superintendent’s Breakfast, sponsored by the Levy School Foundation.

    Hastings is optimistic that the School District, like the nation, will rebound from the recent sour economic downturn, but he doesn’t think it will be this year, or even next.

  • SRLC gets to Round 2 of grant process

    It’s good news for the Suwannee River League of Cities.

    Out of 2,200 applications for federal dollars to fund broadband expansion, the League’s submission was one of 52 to make it to the next tier.

    League members learned last week that their application entered Phase II of the process, making it only one of two in Florida to make the cut.

    Should the League make the next cut, the possibility of money coming to Cedar Key to enhance its communication system is one step closer, said Jeff Hendry, executive director.

  • Skateboarding banned in city parking lots

    Skateboarding will be banned in municipal parking lots, starting immediately. The city council, after much discussion over the last few months, has made that decision, though the details have yet to be worked out.

    The subject was brought to the fore at the last meeting by councilman Steve Holcomb (who was absent from Tuesday evening’s meeting due to illness). He noted then that a skateboarder in the lot in front of city hall had hit a parked car.

  • 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.