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Today's News

  • Legal free rides

    One of the most frustrating parts of making laws is the ability of lawmakers to tack on completely unrelated amendments to a bill. Consumer protection became the law of the land in February, and riding along on that bill’s coattails was an amendment that spells disaster in my personal life. It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with feeling safe in our National Parks.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I attended the Levy County Commission meeting on April 6 and all I can say is shame on three of our county commissioners.

    The residents of South Levy County, have always felt under-represented until Gov. Crist appointed Commissioner [Marsha] Drew to the board. Since being in office, she has tried to address the needs of her constituents, but has been blocked by the power struggle taking place on the board.

  • Community Events

    Friday, April 16

    Benefit Golf Tourney

    The Chad Reed Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Chiefland Golf & Country Club Friday, April 16.

    The first flight check-in will be at 7:45 a.m.

    For more information, call Stacey at 352-542-3181 or 352-262-4081.

    Saturday, April 17

    Fun Run

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    Ronald Webster Cannon, 30, of Chiefland was arrested for burglary of a residence, two counts grand theft and burglary/conveyance April 7. Bond was $40,000.

    Jason Earl Solomon, 30, of Crystal River was arrested April 9 with VOP for burglary of a dwelling and VOP grand theft. No bond.

    Ronald Howard Housekeeper, 36, of Chiefland was arrested April 9 for VOP weapons and possession of a deer. No bond.

    Sean Stacy Abbott, 42, of Bronson was charged with battery April 10.

  • Williston police reports

    Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    Michael Wayne Puckett, 21, of Williston was charged April 9 with felony battery.

    L. Shaun Williams, 29, of Florida City was arrested on a Miami-Dade County warrant for battery April 10.

    Willie Sherman, 19, of Williston was charged with resisting arrest without violence April 6.

    Keith Antonio Manning, 40, of Orange Lake was charged with possession of marijuana during a traffic stop April 11.

    Michael W. Holland, 60, of Williston was charged with domestic battery April 10.

  • Wife accidentally shoots husband on hunting trip

    A Bronson man was injured in an incident Sunday when he and his wife were hunting turkey.

    Arthur T. Conquest, 39, was shot in the shoulder at the McGee Branch Hunt Club, off County Road 343, near Bronson at approximately 8:15 a.m.

    Conquest and his wife, Lori Lee Conquest, 42, were walking back to their vehicle after turkey hunting, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. She was approximately four feet behind her husband.

  • If you will build it, they will come

    Four Williston young men are facing a daunting task–but they’re confidant that with community support their dream can become a reality.

    Led by Robert Jones, Wesley Rizer, Sean Hicks and Calvin Root are determined to see Williston youth have a recreation center that can be used now and in the future.

    The four meet at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints each Wednesday to play basketball, and when others heard, they came too.

  • Want to drive in Florida?

    There was a time when passing written, eye and driving tests were all you needed to be a legal Florida driver. These days you have to have concrete proof of who you are.

    As of Jan. 1, new requirements went into effect for anyone renewing or getting a new driver’s license, and it’s caused a few headaches for those issue the licenses.

    “I’ve been chewed out and cussed at,” Linda Fugate, Levy County Tax Collector, told Williston Rotary Club members last week as she explained what’s needed to be a legal driver.

  • March marches on

    Time goes by so quickly, it can be easy to forget important deadlines and even easier to let critical items fall to the nether regions of your to-do list. Whether you get to everything or not, time marches on — so we’d like to share some March reminders with you.

  • Third commission seat to be on fall ballot

     The pending November resignation of Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland means voters will have the opportunity to choose his replacement, Gov. Charlie Crist's office confirmed on Wednesday evening.

    Johnson, who was appointed by Crist in late July 2009, recently announced he would be seeking the District 2 seat now held by Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland. Johnson's family is building a new home in District 2. At the time of the announcement, he sent Crist his resignation effective on Nov. 16 — two weeks after the general election.