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Today's News

  • Teen critically injured in Friday wreck

    A single car accident June 3 left a Williston teenager in critical condition.

    According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Geremy G. Williams, 18, was traveling on County Road 316 around 11:40 a.m. when he lost control of his 2000 Toyota. The car traveled onto the east shoulder and overturned.

    The report states Williams was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car.

    Williams was transported by Levy County EMS to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in critical condition.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    • Neri Abram Cano-Cifuentes, 27, of Williston was charged June 30 with Violation of Probation (VOP), no valid driver’s license. No bond.

    • Sheila Marie Zubek, 53, of Chiefland was arrested June 30 for VOP grand theft. No bond.

    • Jonathan Robert Erlandson, 26, of Crystal River was charged June 29 with domestic battery. He was released on his own recognizance.

  • Sheriff wants pay raises while county is in cutting mood

    Col. Mike Johnson surely must wish he had accompanied Sheriff Johnny Smith on his religious mission to Romania rather than stand before the Levy County Commission Tuesday asking for a 3 percent pay raise in the annual budget.

    The county commission, which has asked departments to cut their budget requests by 5 percent from last year’s budget sent Johnson on his way with the direction to cut the sheriff’s budget by 5 percent.

  • Commission deadlocks 2-2 vote on contract

    The Levy County Commission operating with three elected commissioners, two suspended commissioners, one interim commissioner and a vacancy in an interim commission seat hit the wall with a tie vote that could not be broken Tuesday.

    The vote came during the regular meeting where Tax Collector Linda Fugate and County Judge Joe Smith asked the commission to terminate its contract for the Courthouse Space Study with Clemons Rutherford Associates of Tallahassee.

  • Board to settle valedictorian problem once and for all

    Over the last several years, conferring valedictorian and salutatorian honors on Levy County’s top-achieving high school seniors has been a process fraught with controversy and dissatisfaction.

    Complications in recent years include large numbers of co-valedictorians with identical GPAs, and unweighted GPAs causing students taking less-difficult standard high school courses to be honored over students taking honors and dual-enrollment courses.

  • Chiefland coach will get administrative hearing

    Levy County School board took action this week on a tabled recommendation concerning Chiefland High School ESE teacher Mark Lundy.

    Lundy was suspended without pay two meetings ago on a recommendation by Superintendent Robert Hastings over an allegation that he falsified classwork for a student. At the last meeting, Hastings asked the board to dismiss Lundy, but Bronson board member Cameron Asbell objected, saying he felt the investigation conducted by the personnel office did not conclusively demonstrate Lundy’s guilt.

  • Fire Department starts burn education program

    Sustaining a severe burn is one of the most painful and devastating injuries a body can endure. More than 250,000 of burn injuries occur every year in the United States and more than 10 percent of those injuries result in death. The Williston Fire Department is working to lower those statistics by first changing behaviors in our own community through a new nationally recognized and distributed burn education and prevention program called To Hell and Back: Community Awareness.

  • Summer fun at the library

    All five Levy County Public Library branches will have FREE Family fun this summer. Join in on the fun at your local library. Large groups are welcome, but please call in advance. For more information, contact your local librarian, or Jenny Rodgers, Youth Services Coordinator, 352-486-5552.

    Williston Public Library

    Monday, June 15 at10 a.m.

    Animal Adventures with Ranger Pam, Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWR

    Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m.

  • School’s Out for Perry

    After 36 years in the classroom, Yvonne Perry, right, is calling it quits and last week family, friends, co-workers and former students honored her with a retirement reception at Williston Middle School. Strings ‘n Things violinists Fritz Junker and Wyeth Read were accompanied by Lisa Posteraro and played harmonious music as Perry greeted guests.

  • Another T.E.A. Party set

    Volunteers across Northern Florida are organizing a T.E.A (Taxed Enough Already) party to be held on the 4th of July at Forest Capital Park in Perry, Florida, on U.S. 19 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

    The T.E.A party is a national movement to protest the spending of trillions of dollars “which will leave future generations with a huge debt they must pay” according to one of the local organizers, Jan Hopkins. “It’s time to let the voice of the silent majority in this country be heard across the country.”