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Today's News

  • Chamber co-founder Joe Lewis dies at 89

    Led by Pan Zettler, Joe Lewis, Frank Etheridge and a handful of others work began to form an organization that would promote Williston to not only Willistonians, but the outside world.

    It was 1985 and it was the formation of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Last Friday, Lewis, one of those community-spirited people died after fighting the good fight with cancer. He was 89.

    “He was one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known,” said Zettler. “There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help.”

  • Sheriff says budget cut will cost three jobs

    There will be bad news for three employees at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    They will lose their jobs in the coming year.

    That’s the news delivered by Sheriff Johnny Smith and Col. Mike Johnson to the County Commission as they delivered their revised budget proposal.

    “This is kind of sad in a way,” Johnson said. “It’s sad that we’re losing people.

    “I feel more consideration could have been given to the sheriff’s department.”

  • Unexpected visitors

    It was a lovely April morning, having finished some chores, I took my usual stroll around my yard to see what was up. I happened to be standing near one of the two bird hopping around some shrubs. I first thought it was a Carolina Chickadee, a regular visitor at my feeders.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    We are “the shining city on the hill.” The world looks up to us. However, President Obama’s programs for spending trillions of dollars are putting us into devastating debt.

    This is starting to move our shining city down into a dark valley where the rain (Taxes) will drown it.

    Wake up, America. It is no t too late to stop the spending. Congress can stop him and we have the power to have Congress do this.

  • Johnny Sanderford sentenced for mistreatment of mentally handicapped man

    One of the three people charged with the mistreatment of a 51-year-old mentally handicapped man has been sentenced.

    Johnny Ray Sanderford, 34, of Bronson is serving a 3-year, 4-month sentence for false imprisonment and aggravated abuse of a disabled adult for punching the malnourished and handcuffed man. His anticipated release date is in 2012.

    The victim weighed between 80 to 100 pounds when found by deputies acting on an anonymous tip.

    One officer who saw the victim said he looked like a prisoner of war.

  • Chiefland man charged with burglary

    On July 13, Lt. Scott Tummond arrested Santiago Ruiz, 39, of Chiefland for armed burglary and grand theft.

    On July 8, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to 15117 NW 46 Lane in Fowlers Bluff in reference to a reported burglary. The victim reported that unknown person(s) forcibly entered the residence by kicking the front door in. The suspect(s) stole Louis Vuitton luggage valued at 10,000, Men’s Cartier wrist watch valued at $ 5,000, jewelry and one firearm. The total loss was over $17,000 dollars.

  • Williston Police Department

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Roger D. Puckett, 38, of SW 2nd Street, Williston was charged with aggravated assault .

    • Eugene Francis Reynolds, 41, of Gainesille was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked, times nine.

    • Nicholas A. Bunch, 20, of Gainesville was charged withdriving while license suspended or revoked, times four.

    • Joshua C. Bradshaw, 19, of NE 166th Ave., Williston was charged with no valid driver’s license.

     

  • Woman dies from suspected case of meningitis

    Fifteen Levy County residents have been treated with antibiotics after coming into contact with a 21-year-old woman who died of suspected bacterial meningitis at a Sumter County Hospital.

    Kellie Nichole Taylor, 21, died July 7, at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages in Sumter County where she was staying with a friend.

    Barbara Locke, administrator of the Levy County Health Department, said it was “a sad case.”

  • Levy County Sheriff's Office

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

    • Kyle James Cyr, 20, of Bronson was charged July 9 with burglary of a residence after he allegedly removed a computer from a Bronson home. He was charged with two counts grand theft, two counts burglary and stolen property. Bond was $50,000.

    • Christian R. Vradenburgh, 30, of Bronson was charged July 4 with aggravated battery, battery and burglary. Bond was $40,000.

  • Burglary suspect in jail; investigation ongoing

    A Dixie County man is behind bars following an investigation in a series of multi-county burglaries.

    Donald Bernier, 40, of Old Town was arrested July 9 by Officer DJ Macy for unlawful possession of prescription medication, retail theft and resisting a merchant.

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in residential burglaries in the Chiefland area where the suspect(s) would steal guns, jewelry and big screen televisions.