Local News

  • Former corrections officer convicted of manslaughter

    A retired corrections captain at Lancaster Correctional Institution sits in Levy County Jail awaiting sentencing on Dec. 4 on a DUI manslaughter conviction in the Jan. 31, 2011, death of Tom Bailey, manager of the Chiefland Golf & Country Club. 

  • District Champs

     Williston High Girls Volleyball finished the season with only two match losses and won the District 7 1A Rural Championship last week. Williston defeated Chiefland in four games and Newberry in three to earn the district title. The Lady Red Devils will host the Regional Finals at WHS Gymnasium. The Regional Tournament match is set at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 against Taylor Pierson.

  • Accreditation recommended for Levy schools

    It was rather like Christmas…looking forward to it and anxiously waiting for it…then it was all over so quickly. After months of preparation for the mid-October visit of the AdvancEd™ accreditation team, the public schools of Levy County could breathe a collective sigh of relief; the team has recommended accreditation. The news was shared with members of the School Board of Levy County, school administrators and county office personnel at a midday lunch meeting in the board room on the final day of the team’s visit.

  • Red touches yellow

     This fellow, a venomous coral snake, was found Monday around noon on 180 Avenue, Williston by Stan Harvey, Williston homeowner and retired Broward County Animal Control Officer. Harvey reminds residents these poisonous, but beautiful, snakes inhabit this area and they need to be aware when working or  playing outdoors. The snake was taken to a more remote location and released. In doubt? Remember this little rhyme: Red touches yellow, kills a fellow. Red touches black, friend of Jack.

  • Arnold recognized for forestry stewardship

     Greg Marshall of the Florida Forest Service presented Bill Arnold with a Stewardship sign recognizing the family efforts for managing their land under the Florida Stewardship Program. 

  • Mistrial declared in Crabfest shooting case

     A mistrial was granted Wednesday morning in the trial of Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, 20, in the Williston Crab Fest shootings after information received late in the case about Ocasio's arrest came to the attention of his attorneys.

    Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Stan Griffis III granted the defense motion for a mistrial after defense attorneys also waived their prior motion demanding a speedy trial on chages of homicide, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. 

  • Mistrial declared in Crabfest shooting case
  • Solider killed in Sunday wreck

     A Williston man was killed Sunday in an early morning accident  on CR 326 in Marion County.

    David Eugene Harrington Jr., 22, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Harrington was driving a 2000 Chevy pickup westbound on CR 326 and approached the intersection of NW 150th Avenue at a high rate of speed, according to the FHP.

    The truck left the paved portion of the road and entered a grassy shoulder. The truck collided with a fence and entered a pasture before colliding into two parallel fences.

  • Williston man killed in Friday accident

    A Williston man was killed Friday night in a single car accident.

    Rodney Allen Sims, 38, of Williston was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Sims was a passenger in a 2007 Hyundai driven by Jessica Louise Milam, 24, of Bronson. Milam sustained critical injuries.

    According to the FHP, the car was traveling north on SR 121 around 10:20 p.m. The driver steered to the left in a northwesterly direction across the southbound lane.

  • Slain dog sparks controversy

    The killing of a Chiefland pitbull has sparked a bit of local controversy and has one man fearing retaliation from members of the community.