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Today's News

  • City will get FDOT funding

    A new Joint Participation Agreement between the city and the Florida Department of Transportation was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of Williston City Council. It provides $100,000 in addition to the $487,500 already pledged to the airport for the coming fiscal year.

    Finance director Mark Schiefer explained that FDOT had not initially expected the funds to be available, but was now able to offer the additional assistance to the city.

  • WEee^SOAR brings culture to Williston area youth

    For as long as she can remember, Mimi Johnson has wanted to seek creative ways to keep area children constructively busy.

    At Tuesday’s Rotary meeting, Johnson explained the WEee^SOAR (WE Support Outreach through Arts and Recreation) group and its aim to connect youth with programs–no matter what financial situation families are in.

    Johnson said much attention is now being focused on getting children back to school, armed with the supplies they need to do their work.

    Donations of supplies or cash that will purchase those tools is needed.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    • Cassandra Lynn Campbell, 24, of Old Town was charged July 16 with Violation of Probation (VOP) petit theft. No bond.

    • Andrew G. Phillips, 30, of Bronson was arrested July 11 and charged with burglary of a residence.

  • Reward offered in gun theft

    A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who stole seven rifles, two shotguns and a gun safe valued at $10,300 from a residence at 1350 NW 132 Lane, Chiefland on July 1.

    Witnesses saw a white Ford Explorer in the victim’s driveway during the timeframe. On July 9, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office seized the Explorer after its driver, Donald Bernier, was arrested for shoplifting.

  • Williston Police Department

    Javier F. DeJesus, 23, of Morriston was arrested July 12 on an active warrant after police officers performed a traffic stop and discovered his window tint was too dark.

    Robert Lee Mozell, 45, of NE 41st Street, Williston was arrested July 9 and charged with theft when he allegedly used a company gas card to fuel four vehicles that did not belong to the company. Eight different transactions were caught on surveillance tape at the locations and the cost came to over $3,300.

     

  • County looks for revenue in citation fee increase

    Drivers and scofflaws beware.

    The Levy County Commission voted unanimously to have the county attorney prepare an ordinance raising the court facility fee tacked onto every citation from $15 to $30.

    The item came up during the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday morning when County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp said Legislature passed the law approving the increase in the 2009 session.

    With 8,000 tickets issued in Levy County annually and many uncontested, a new ordinance could bring in $120,000 a year for the Levy County court facility fund.

  • Williston fugitive caught in North Carolina

    The U.S. Marshals Service and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office working together as part of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) tracked down and arrested a major case federal fugitive, John Roger Sager at a campground in Canton N.C. on Friday, July 17.

    The search for Sager began a little over a one year ago when Sager went on the run.

  • School board cracks down on cell phones

    Warning to Levy County students: you already weren't allowed to use your cellphone, pager or cellphone digital camera during the school day. Now you're really not allowed to.

    At Tuesday's meeting of Levy County School Board, Director of Curriculum Patrick Wnek presented some changes to the Student Code of Conduct, the manual that governs student discipline in county schools.

  • Community Calendar

    Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner

    A spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, July 24 beginning at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse.

    For $6, diners will get spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.

    You may eat-in or carryout.

    Dog Wash and More

    Would your canine friends like a swimming lesson, or an opportunity to run a lure course? Do you just want someone else to wash your dog for a change?

  • Church Briefs

    Morriston Baptist

    Go “Down Under” with Morriston Baptist Church during Vacation Bible School on July 26-30 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. A Parents’ Night will be held July 31 at 7 p.m.

    “All Aboard the Boomerang Express,” says Children’s/Youth Pastor John Potts.

    “As your kidaroos travel across Australia, they will discover the vastness of God’s love and they will learn that no matter where they go or what they do in life - it all comes back to Jesus.”