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  • Red Devils' football coach fired

     

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    and Max Yavel

    Cliff Lohrey’s career as head football coach of the Williston High School Red Devils came to an abrupt halt around 4 p.m. Sunday when Principal Eulin Gibbs fired the seven-month coach and athletic director.

  • Chiefland commissioners question fire department motives

     

    Some say it started more than a year ago: another heated drama fanned to life at the very home of heated dramas, Chiefland Fire Rescue.

  • Suspects caught in the act of burglary

     

    Two people were arrested after they were allegedly caught in the middle of a burglary.

    According to a press release, Levy County Deputies Cpl. L. Prine and K. Weatherford’s rapid response to a 12-year-old’s panicked phone call for help resulted in the capture of two suspects.

  • Williston woman gets eight years for abuse

     A Williston woman who owned an adult care home was sentenced to eight years and 10 months in prison after she pleaded to charges that she abused her clients.

  • City proclaims Sept. 17-24 as Constitution Week

     

    For more than 227 years, the United States Constitution has served as the cornerstone of this nation's freedom and way of life.

  • Satire sends Williston viral

    Satire: the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

     

    Many would agree that there's no such thing as bad publicity.

    Publicity, in any form, gets your name out there and people will talk–and remember.

  • Every vote counts

    It took a couple of hours on Thursday and all day Friday, but by the time the weekend started the Supervisor of Elections was able to announce that former District 4 Commissioner Lilly Rooks had won the Republican nomination by a three-vote margin.

    The final count: 1,728 votes for Rooks to 1,725 votes for incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland. Rooks will face Democrat Jamie Griffin in the Nov. 4 general election.

    It was a sweet comeback for Rooks, defeating the man who unseated her four years ago, and after suffering two strokes earlier this year.

  • Stories from the river

    As a scientist, Dr. Ken Sulak is trained to make observations.

    He makes his living studying the ways of the natural world, with an emphasis, in recent years, on the lives of sturgeon swimming the lengths of the Suwannee River.

    But his professional work over time has bled into his personal interests: observations on the lives of humans and their place in the world.

    "In the course of being on the river, you run into a lot of people, a lot of old timers," Sulak said from his office at the U.S. Geological Survey last week.

  • Jury convicts operator of Club 212

    Eugene Donald Jr. was found guilty of one felony count operating an unlicensed nightclub in a residential neighborhood east of Williston by a Levy County jury on Wednesday and will be sentenced on Wednesday, Sept. 3, after the Levy County's Sheriff's Office takes the opportunity to make an impact statement.

  • Williston cracks down on drugs, noise

    Don't think you're going to get stoned on "Spice" or "bath salts" and then play your stereo as loud as you want in Williston.

    If that's on your agenda, you may want to think again because Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow has two ordinances in the works aimed at you.

    At last week's city council meeting, members heard the first reading of an ordinance that strengthens the ban on the sale of synthetic substances–known by a variety of street names including Spice, K2, Black Mamba and Bombay Blue.