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Today's News

  • FHP: Accident investigation could take 60-90 days

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver of Williston and Marqui Cook of Morrison were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees in the early morning accident.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.

  • A chance to start over

    Every day that we are given the chance to wake up from our slumber and put our feet on the floor is another opportunity to start with a clean slate and start life anew.

    Unfortunately most of us tend to carry the burdens and travails of yesterday into our todays and that clouds our tomorrows.

    As 2010 sits on the horizon, it also marks the chance for new beginnings, new attitudes.

    What will you do with it?

    The first thing I challenge each of you to do is look back at 2009 and reflect on what was right with your life.

  • Levy County needs Sammy Yearty

    To the editor:

    While you are enjoying your busy Christmas holidays, I hope you will take a moment to say a prayer for Sammy Yearty and the Yearty family.

    If you look back at the many good things Sammy has done for Levy County, you will come to understand that he is one of those rare human beings who has deep compassion and understanding for those around him.

    When the inmates of Lancaster Correctional Institution were building the Levy County Quilt Museum, Sammy was always ready to lend support and contribute whatever was needed.

  • Sammy Yearty cares about people

    To the editor:

    I am writing to show my support for my good friend, Sammy Yearty. I have known Sammy, his father and mother and his family for more than 60 years.

    I watched him grow up and was pleased 30 years ago when he turned to serving Levy County government just as his father had. More and more, public service is not an easy path for one to choose.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Yolanda Regina White, 37, of Williston was charged Dec. 21 with possession of cannabis more than 20 grams, maintaining a drug dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis with the intent to distribute. Bond was $10,000.

    Richard N. Corbin, 44, of Williston was arrested Dec. 23 with corruption by threat and resisting without violence after he was picked up on violation of probation (VOP) warrant. Bond was $4,000.

  • Criminal sentences handed down

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros–dropped–in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information is taken from public records.

    August: Debbie J. Barfield, 55, of Chiefland, driving with a suspended or revoked license, 90 days with credit for 17 days served; and attaching tag not assigned to vehicle, 60 days with credit for 17 days served, served concurrently. Must pay jail fund and civil judgement.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Michael R. Hammock, 42, of SE 2nd Avenue, charged on an Alachua County warrant for fraud Dec. 24.

    • Warren Rashard Frazier, 19, of NE 1st Avenue, charged with resisting without violence Dec. 22.

    • Edgar Amilcar Munoz-Coto, 25, of NE 117th Avenue charged with driving without a license Dec. 27.

  • Red Devils take first game in Kingdom of the Sun tourney

    The Vanguard High School Gym was standing room only as the fans from Williston packed in to watch their Red Devils advance to the second round with a win over the North Marion Colts 75-55.

    The Red Devils played in the 6 p.m. game Dec. 28.

    The win moves them on in the winners bracket to take on their next opponent Tuesday evening.

    “We are taking these games one at a time, as there are some very talented teams and players at this tournament,” said Red Devils coach Steve Faulkner.

  • Diamond Red Devils prepping for spring

    The Williston Red Devil Baseball team held its rescheduled Hit-a-Thon Dec. 15 at the Devils Den.

    Fresh off a successful fall baseball league schedule that saw the Red Devils go 14-2, the players are excited about the season that is just weeks away from starting.

    Head Coach Jim Smith will begin his 14th season as head coach of the Red Devils, and has built one of the best high school baseball programs in North Central Florida.

    The Red Devils hold a 35-game home field district winning streak, and have won the district championship for the past three years.

  • Red Devils fall in Kingdom of the Sun

    It was a cold night outside that surrounded the Red Devil basketball team for the second night in a row. After downing the North Marion Colts with a cold shooting night, the Red Devils became even more cold as they moved to the second game against the Vanguard Knights.