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Today's News

  • Morriston firefighter charged with arson

    Just as the state was getting ready to kick off Wildfire Awareness Week a Levy County volunteer firefighter was arrested on arson charges.

    Michael Joseph Chenier, 24, of Morriston, and a member of the Morriston-Montbrook Volunteer Fire Department was arrested at about 1 a.m. Saturday, April 7,  and charged with arson in attempting to start multiple fires in the area of State Road 121 and County Road 337. His bond is $20,000.

  • Council members sworn in; new city clerk hired

    Following the city charter–and longstanding tradition–Williston welcomed three new councilmen Tuesday night.

    Jason Cason and Charles Goodman, both first-time councilors were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Tim Browning, along with Elihu Ross who has served since December and Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, who ran unopposed in March.

    Jerry Robinson was re-elected as council president and Norm Fugate was elected as vice president–both by unanimous votes.

  • Red Devils down Tigers in slugfest 15-12

    The 13 and 2 Williston Red Devil Baseball team hosted a non district Dunnellon team on Thursday night March 29, at the Devils Den.
    Justin Baker 5-0 on the season took the mound for the Red Devils.
    The Red Devils scored in every inning as they plated 1 run in the first and a run in the second for a 2-0 lead in the game. Baker struck out the side in the first inning, and added another strike out in the second inning of the game for the Red Devils.

  • Highland County fugitive caught in Montbrook

     The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Benjamin Monroe Hamilton for an outstanding Highland County warrant.
     The Task Force Unit received a collateral lead that Hamilton was living in Levy County.  Hamilton has been on the run since 1996 and was living in the Montbrook area under the name Benjamin Crawford. 
    Hamilton was allegedly involved in a bar brawl. The fight led to the parking lot and Hamilton ran the victim over with a vehicle seriously injuring him.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    March 27, Deontra Andrews, 36, Panama City, three out of county warrants. Bond $11,800.
    March 27, Jeffrey Steven Baggett, 36, Bronson, possession of ammo or ammo by convicted felon. Bond $15,000.
    April 1, Roger Frederick Bartell, 55, Cedar Key, battery. Bond $5,000.
    March 31, Maurice Antwain Brown, 19. Chiefland, battery.
    April 1, Brett Byers, 40, St. Petersburg, battery.
    April 2, Amanda Dora Cofield, 24, Fanning Springs, petit theft. Bond $1,000.

  • Holy Week, Easter services set

    Williston First Baptist
    Williston First Baptist Church will present “The Thorn” a multi-media presentation Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
    Visit www.willistonfbc.net for more information.

    Cornerstone Easter
    Cornerstone Assemby of God will hold Easter sunrise services at 6:45 a.m. April 8 in the church parking lot.

    Bronson UMC Easter

  • BOCC looks at big Medicaid bill

    Levy County could be on the hook for up to $900,000 in Medicaid bills due to the state under a new law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.
    County Attorney Anne Bast Brown told the Board of County Commissioners in Tuesday's meeting that they could owe the state for 10 years of Medicaid patient bills and the state plans to take the money out of revenue sharing money before it is sent to the county.
    “Chances are Levy County owes something,” she told the commissioners.

  • City Council honors April Students of the Month

    At it’s regular meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Gerald Hethcoat and the Williston City Council honored April Students of the Month.
    Selected from Joyce Bullock Elementary School was Olivia Davis, daughter of Dennis and Tammy Davis.
    A first grader, she was nominated by her teacher Monica Cooper, who wrote, “This student is an excellent role model for the class. She is always on task and is very helpful. She is so motivated to learn and is excelling in all areas of study. She is an excellent reader and always displays such a positive attitude.”

  • Drought impacts another Levy County Spring

    Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.
    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it a muddy brown.

  • Drought impacts another Levy County Spring

    Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.
    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it a muddy brown.