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Today's News

  • Couple charged with child neglect

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    A couple found unconscious in their vehicle Dec. 19, while parked at the fuel pumps at Circle K face charges of child neglect, according to Dunnellon Police Department arrest affidavits.

    Courtney R. Hyche, 21, of Inglis, and Brandon C. Pickel, 23, of Williston, were both found unconscious by law enforcement authorities upon their arrival at the convenience store at 11946 N. Williams St., the report stated. After speaking with a store employee, it was determined the pair were unconscious for approximately 30 minutes.

  • Grant would extend county's mental health services

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    There are efforts underway to bring a mental health court to Levy County, and a new grant approved by the county will support fact-finding and organizing that could help lead to its realization.

  • Christmas then and now

    Christmas will be quiet at Ten Broeck Manor this year. Tom and I will celebrate at home, most likely with just our furry companions, a hot meal and perhaps an adult beverage.

    Next week, after the paper is finished I will head to Georgia to spend Christmas with my children and Tom will venture to his sisters' on the East Coast. Because of his most recent back surgery, he can't travel the almost-eight hours up north so he'll FaceTime with the granddaughters when they open presents.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Dec. 14, Ronald Wayne Andolina II, 30, Old Town, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of Schedule I drug, and/or use. Bond $11,000.

    • Dec. 11, Jacob James Benfield, 25, Dunnellon, DWLSR, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession not more than 20 grams, and/or use. Bond $33,000.

    • Dec. 16, John Brian Bennett, 54, Williston, failure to report name or residence change, DWLS. Bond $115,000.

  • City hall scheduled for demolition

    Plans are moving at a brisk place in order to get city workers into a new city hall in 2018.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann told the city council Tuesday night that he is waiting on a facility use agreement with the School Board of Levy County in order to use the MP building on the campus of the old Williston High School.

    The building, located in front of the gym, is well suited for a temporary city hall, Lippman said.

  • Arrest made in double shooting

    An arrest was made Dec. 11 in connection with a double shooting that occurred Nov. 24 at Melvin and Alice’s Restaurant, east of Williston.

    Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Anthony Walter Vessels, 26, in Broward County and charged him with two counts of attempted murder.

    The victims were wounded by shotgun rounds fired by an unknown suspect. Following an extensive investigation, LCSO Investigator Justin Douglas was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Vessels.

  • Williston sets city election for March 6

    Three positions are up for grabs in the Williston City Election, scheduled for March 6.

    The mayoral seat, currently held by R. Gerald Hethcoat, is one of the slots that will be filled. Additionally, Group D, the seat held by current Council President Charles Goodman and Group E, held by Vice President Nancy Wininger are also available.

  • Happenings

    December

    Walk To Bethlehem

    Walk To Bethlehem is a narrated interactive journey.

    The free event is located at 4551 SE SR121, Morriston between CR326 and CR464 and is open every evening through Dec. 23 from 7-9 p.m.

    All are welcome to come out and stroll through the Christmas fantasyland, check out the many new displays, see Santa and enjoy refreshments, in addition to joining a caravan on the journey to Bethlehem.

    This annual event is sponsored by Living Water Life Center, Morriston.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Dec. 9, Everette Michael Adams, 40, Dunnellon, child abuse without great bodily harm. Bond $5,000.

    • Dec. 9, Marvin Leon Barnes, 30, Gainesville, VOP.

    • Dec. 7, Christopher Ray Bowers, 51, Ft. Myers, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    • Dec. 6, Janet Nicole Bowman, 19, Cross City, grand theft. Bond $5,000.

    • Dec. 10, Timothy Scott Burton, 32, Cedar Key, touch or strike.

    • Dec. 8, Tiffany Janelle Colello, 31, Brooksville, VOP.

  • Officer award named for Mike Joyner

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    So many of the details of Mike Joyner’s extensive career in law enforcement – particularly his heralded undercover work – will never be available for public consumption.