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  • 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.

  • FHP needs your help in hit and run

    The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal hit-and run-crash on County Road 337 and S.E. 40th Street in Levy County on Aug. 24 Information obtained during this investigation revealed the crash occurred on Aug. 23 at approximately 11 p.m.

    James T. Lowman, 69, of Morriston was walking near the center of the roadway as a vehicle was traveling southbound on County Road 337. The vehicle struck Lowman propelling him onto the east shoulder of the roadway where he died due to his injuries. The vehicle then left the scene.

  • Bo Dallas dies at 107

    Bo Dallas never took credit for his long life.

    Three years ago he said without doubt all his blessings–including his 100-plus years on this earth– came from above.

    On Aug. 18, Dallas– born Theodore R.–died two weeks short of his 108th birthday.

    The oldest of four children born to Miller Dallas and Mable Banks, Dallas was born Sept. 2, 1906.

    Nicknamed Bo by his uncle after a boar hog, he migrated with his grandparents who reared him in the Romeo community.

  • Incumbents defeated in GOP primary

    By Ashley Thornton

    and Lou Elliott Jones

    If one thing is clear in the results of Tuesday's elections it's that Levy County is divided over the direction it wants to go.

    The results are unofficial but with all 13 precincts reporting, former County Commissioner Lilly Rooks defeated incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell by five votes in the District 4 race for the Republican nomination and Rock Meeks defeated incumbent Commissioner Chad Johnson by 39 votes to win the Republican nomination for District 2.