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Today's News

  • Serving Our Country

    Davis
    Air Force Airman Brittni V. Davis graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Man dies in single car accident

    A single vehicle, single occupant crash claimed the life of Shannon Douglas Gunnels, 23, of Williston Levy County late Saturday night.
    According to Florida Highway Patrol Investigators, preliminary findings indicate that Gunnels was traveling south on NE 140th Ave. (a local, 2-lane rural roadway) at an excessive high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached the area of this crash it was
    entering into a slight left curvature of the roadway and the driver oversteered to the left to compensate for this curve. This action

  • Council honors Students of the Month

    Williston City Council paid tribute to November Students of the Month at Tuesday night’s meeting.
    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat introduced the students from each of the city’s schools and presented them with certificates of excellence and gift certificates for pizza.
    Honored were:
    Joyce Bullock Elementary
    Maclayne McGowan, 2nd grade, the daughter of Paul and Scarlett McGowan who was nominated by her teacher Kim Milton.

  • Decorate a pizza box and win

    Angelina Mia’s Restaurant in Williston is offering a “Painted Pizza Box Contest” in conjunction with the Levy County Fair.
    Every month there will be a total of 30 boxes available to be picked up at the restaurant on West Noble Avenue.
     Paint the box any way you like and bring it back by the end of the month.  Boxes will be judged monthly and the top three winners from each month will receive a free large pizza.

  • School health care will cost lot more

    In a speedy, 17-minute meeting this past Tuesday, The School Board of Levy County’s semi-monthly officially approved an 11.85-percent increase in the health plan rates for district employees.
    The approval came with little discussion, as it was debated at a previous meeting in October. The increase is expected to cost the school district about $300,000. Superintendent Bob Hastings, in his closing remarks, said that the health plan increase and $335,000 in bonuses approved at their previous meeting are necessary costs to the district in a tough economic climate.

  • Jail gets heat because sheriff needs it

    The boiler that provides heat for the Levy County jail almost provides heat for the sheriff’s office so the county commission has approved replacing the 20 years plus piece of equipment.
    Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Sheffield told the Levy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the annual pre-winter inspection of the boiler that provides heat for the jail showed it needed to be replaced. In an email to County Coordinator Freddie Moody, Sheffield wrote “Must be replaced, dangerous to run it...”

  • It was a sweet day for Levy 4-Hers

    The four judges took about an hour to make it from one end of the room to the other.  Slowly they moved, slicing little layered cubes of spongy bread and icing from cakes that resembled miniature farms, exotic landscapes and football fields.
    “There’s some inconsistency in this cake,” one judge said.  “One part of it is breaking up. One part is really moist.”
    “It may be a mixing issue,” another said, jotting notes on a form.
    “It’s too moist,” the first reiterated.

  • Photographers Showcased

    Pet lovers enjoy photographing their friends and Williston veterinarian Bill Bennett, right, provides a showcase for their work. Most recent winners of Dr. Bennett’s contest are M.M. Lauderdale who photographed  his puppy and Leslie Redding who submitted a winning cat photo. Pictured with Dr. Bennett is Denise Young.

  • Bride’s murder means life sentence for groom

    A jury took three hours to decide that newlywed Felicia Fine’s death was premeditated 1st degree murder by her husband, Charles Edwin Duke, 24, condemning him to spend the rest of his life in state prison.
    The decision on Friday, Oct. 29, came two weeks after what would have been their first wedding anniversary and 358 days after Duke fired one shot from a single-shot .45 caliber handgun into Fine’s head at the Rosewood home the couple shared with Duke’s friend Justin White.

  • Red Devils fall to 2-2 in district; playoff hopes gone

    After starting out 2-0 in district play, the Williston Red Devils hopes for a runner up spot where soundly ended Friday night, Oct. 29 at Mount Dora.
    Mount Dora junior quarterback Vegas Harley put on a show for the Hurricanes homecoming crowd, leading his team to a 41-27 win over the visiting Red Devils.