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  • Chiefland Watermelon Festival this Saturday

    Chiefland celebrates its biggest cash crop with the 57th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thousands come from surrounding communities to enjoy a free slice of the fruit, enjoy children’s activities, buy arts and crafts, and view the annual parade.

  • Judge upholds most of award in sex abuse case

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@chieflandcitizen.com
    A 16-year-old boy who claimed in a civil suit that he was molested by his uncle and his grandmother did not prevent it should receive $22.44 million of the $26.4 million in damages awarded by a Levy County jury.
    But the decision may be appealed to the 1st District Court of Appeals, as the final judgment in the cases lists Stuart Markman as an appellate attorney for the grandmother and her insurer, Southern Owners Insurance Co.

  • Man killed at mud bogging event

    A 15-year-old New Port Richey boy is charged with manslaughter in the stabbing death of a man on Saturday at Horse Hole Creek Mud Bog near Inglis, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    Roderic L. Sparks, 24, of Crystal River, was pronounced dead at Seven Rivers Memorial Hospital in Crystal River where he was taken following an altercation at the mud pit.
    Christopher Sutherlin Jr., 15, is charged with manslaughter and incarcerated at Levy County Jail. State law allows the publication of a juvenile’s name when charged with a felony.

  • Graduation

    More than 130 Williston High School seniors are candidates for graduation next Tuesday, June 7 when the class celebrates the end of one era and the beginning of another at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville at 7 p.m.
    Erica Mason will lead the Class of 2011 and will deliver her address as the first black valedictorian in the school’s history. Mason promises to inspire her classmates with words that she not only believes in, but lives by and ensured her place at the top.

  • FFA Chapters collecting for tornedo victims

     The Williston FFA Chapters are holding a collection and donation drive to send peanut butter to victims of the recent tornado disasters.  Both middle school and high school chapters are starting with a school collection, challenging students to bring in a jar of peanut butter or a monetary donation.

  • Raleigh Store Vandalized

    On May 25 Deputy Ricky Turner responded to the Raleigh General Store in reference to an alarm call.  Upon arrival two subjects forcibly entered the front door shortly after midnight.  Upon entry the subjects stole lottery tickets, cigars and beer.  During the smash and grab the suspects were wearing mask.
     
    Earlier this year the store clerk was robbed at gun point, but Investigators do not believe the suspects are connected.
     
    Anyone with information  should contact Sgt Mike Narayan at 352-486-5111.
     

  • Burn Ban Lifted
  • Deputy injured in fiery crash

    By Mike Capshaw

    A Levy County Sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured when his patrol car struck a concrete pole on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday. The car burst into flames and caused bullets in a firearm left inside to explode.

  • Meet the candidates for city manager

    Before ranking their choices for Williston City Manager, Councilman Michael Shoemaker suggested the list be pared to only include those with master’s degrees in business or public administration and who had at least one year of experience as a city manager. For the most part, council abided by the suggestion, as it will interview seven people in the weeks ahead. Vying for the job are:
    1) Oel Wingo, newly hired interim city manager who is working for $5,000 a month in the position, resides 12 miles from the city.

  • Welcome to KOW town

    The congregants at First United Methodist Church in Williston know all about city revitalization.
    They took a dark, dingy unattractive basement and in six short weeks transformed it into an impressive row of shops, each bursting with color and bearing names fitting the Bible heroes they were named for.
    Take a peek in Solomon’s Sweet Shop, or Peter’s Bait Shack or meander over to David’s Armory. Each facade of miniature KOW (Kids of Williston) town is appealing–and educational.