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Today's News

  • Sheriff's right-hand man calls it quits

    On July 17, 2009, Melissa Owens called the Levy County Sheriff’s Office to report that her son-in-law, Walt Stephens, a man with a temper, who also owns guns, was headed to Deputy Charles “Chuck” Johnson Jr.’s home to confront his wife and the deputy.

    Stephens was also on the phone to dispatch saying he wanted to file a complaint about the affair and he was going to confront the two.

    A probe into the incident has raised questions about the Sheriff’s Office operations in a situation that potentially could have turned violent and deadly.

  • Sheriff adds his two-cents worth to controversy

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith defended his second in command, Col. Mike Johnson, denying favoritism was shown to Johnson's two children by the department, but he acknowledged there have been mistakes and he is correcting them..

    “I view this as we have had a few bumps in the road,” Smith said, but added the Sheriff's Office “is in great shape.”

  • Deputy resigns ahead of firing

        Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Charles M. “Chuck” Johnson Jr., resigned Thursday morning just hours after a disciplinary review board decided he should be terminated after a new complaint arose that he had a sexual encounter with a pregnant married woman in the driveway of his Bronson home.

  • Skateboarders will need to find other place to play

    There may soon be strict regulations on skateboarding within the city limits. This had been only a topic of conversation before a minor accident in the municipal parking lot in front of city all brought it to the fore.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday, Feb. 20

     ‘Cruzin’ for Kidz”

    The Williston Elementary School Safety Patrols are hosting the Second Annual “Cruzin’ for Kidz” motorcycle ride on Saturday, Feb. 20 beginning at Williston Elementary School, 801 S. Main St. Registration 8:30-9:45; kickstands up at 10. Ride for free—Donations accepted. Lunch will be available for purchase upon the riders’ return to WES. For info: wescruzinforkidz@yahoo.com or 352-528-6030. Proceeds will go toward the kids’ trip to Washington in June.

  • Sheriff's Report

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

    • Daniel Anthony Pritchard, 39, of Morriston was arrested Feb. 12 on a writ of bodily attachment.

    • Doyle W, Smith, 43, of George Town, La., was arrested Feb. 11 on a Louisiana warrant for felony theft, conspiracy, forgery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. No bond.

    • Bruce Michael Roach, 47, of Old Town was charged Feb. 11 with RWOV. Bond was $25,000.

  • District Champs

    Playing against a much improved Suwannee Bulldog team, the Williston Red Devils had to reach down deep after a slow start to down the Bulldogs 67-53, cinching the district title.

    The Bulldogs were able to keep the game close in the first quarter with their 3-point shooting as the first quarter ended with the Red Devils holding a 19-17 lead.

    The Red Devils stepped up their defense in the second quarter and the Bulldogs were able to cash in at the foul line to keep the game in reach as the Red Devils held a 37-28 lead.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Tommy Lee Green, 19, of Inglis, disorderly conduct, released on own recognizance.

    Jesse Kenneth Thomas, 28, of Bronson, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.

    Jesse Schonborn, 26, of Chiefland, domestic battery, simple assault, released on own recognizance.

    Anthony William Meeks, 19, of North Miami, four counts of violation of probation as drug offender, no bond.

  • Letters to the editor

    To the editor:

    Isn’t it a shame that we live in a community that tolerates double standards?

    A select number are trained to uphold the law. We elect a leader of that group of dedicated men and women to serve and protect our lives and property.

    We are expected to give these individuals courtesy and respect and in return we are to anticipate a safe environment for our family and our children.

  • Celebrate Florida Literacy “Month” by reading a good book

    “Naïve righteousness is a real turn off. Bible bigots give Western scripture a bad name.”

    Last week Florida celebrated Literacy Week. For those of you who missed the statewide promotion to remember to read, fear not. I, Warren Parkin a literate, am declaring February Florida Literacy Month. I know that February also marks national Black History Month. The two celebrations are not incompatible. In fact, they compliment each other. Thus, it is a good time to recommend some good books.