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Today's News

  • Unexpected visitors

    It was a lovely April morning, having finished some chores, I took my usual stroll around my yard to see what was up. I happened to be standing near one of the two bird hopping around some shrubs. I first thought it was a Carolina Chickadee, a regular visitor at my feeders.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    We are “the shining city on the hill.” The world looks up to us. However, President Obama’s programs for spending trillions of dollars are putting us into devastating debt.

    This is starting to move our shining city down into a dark valley where the rain (Taxes) will drown it.

    Wake up, America. It is no t too late to stop the spending. Congress can stop him and we have the power to have Congress do this.

  • Johnny Sanderford sentenced for mistreatment of mentally handicapped man

    One of the three people charged with the mistreatment of a 51-year-old mentally handicapped man has been sentenced.

    Johnny Ray Sanderford, 34, of Bronson is serving a 3-year, 4-month sentence for false imprisonment and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult for punching the malnourished and handcuffed man. His anticipated release date is in 2012.

    The victim weighed between 80 to 100 pounds when found by deputies acting on an anonymous tip.

    One officer who saw the victim said he looked like a prisoner of war.

  • Chiefland man charged with burglary

    On July 13, Lt. Scott Tummond arrested Santiago Ruiz, 39, of Chiefland for armed burglary and grand theft.

    On July 8, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to 15117 NW 46 Lane in Fowlers Bluff in reference to a reported burglary. The victim reported that unknown person(s) forcibly entered the residence by kicking the front door in. The suspect(s) stole Louis Vuitton luggage valued at 10,000, Men’s Cartier wrist watch valued at $ 5,000, jewelry and one firearm. The total loss was over $17,000 dollars.

  • Williston Police Department

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Roger D. Puckett, 38, of SW 2nd Street, Williston was charged with aggravated assault .

    • Eugene Francis Reynolds, 41, of Gainesille was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked, times nine.

    • Nicholas A. Bunch, 20, of Gainesville was charged withdriving while license suspended or revoked, times four.

    • Joshua C. Bradshaw, 19, of NE 166th Ave., Williston was charged with no valid driver’s license.

     

  • Woman dies from suspected case of meningitis

    Fifteen Levy County residents have been treated with antibiotics after coming into contact with a 21-year-old woman who died of suspected bacterial meningitis at a Sumter County Hospital.

    Kellie Nichole Taylor, 21, died July 7, at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages in Sumter County where she was staying with a friend.

    Barbara Locke, administrator of the Levy County Health Department, said it was “a sad case.”

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    • Kyle James Cyr, 20, of Bronson was charged July 9 with burglary of a residence after he allegedly removed a computer from a Bronson home. He was charged with two counts grand theft, two counts burglary and stolen property. Bond was $50,000.

    • Christian R. Vradenburgh, 30, of Bronson was charged July 4 with aggravated battery, battery and burglary. Bond was $40,000.

  • Burglary suspect in jail; investigation ongoing

    A Dixie County man is behind bars following an investigation in a series of multi-county burglaries.

    Donald Bernier, 40, of Old Town was arrested July 9 by Officer DJ Macy for unlawful possession of prescription medication, retail theft and resisting a merchant.

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in residential burglaries in the Chiefland area where the suspect(s) would steal guns, jewelry and big screen televisions.

  • Williston Ag Program soars to the top again

    LEXINGTON, KY – The agriculture program at Williston High School in Williston, Fla., has been selected as the 2009 Florida Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Agricultural Education Program. Robert Philpot and Chris Wilder serve as instructors for the program.

  • Community Calendar

    Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner

    A spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, July 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse.

    For $6, diners will get spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.

    You may eat-in or carryout.

    Dog Wash and More

    Would your canine friends like a swimming lesson, or an opportunity to run a lure course? Do you just want someone else to wash your dog for a change?