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Today's News

  • Inglis police officer assaulted by bank robbery suspect

    An Alabama man wanted in connection with a bank robbery was apprehended in Yankeetown last week, but not before he injured an Inglis police officer.

    Tim Swiggett was treated for minor injuries after he was allegedly cut by Chad Floyd Jeter, 29, of Atmore, Ala.

    According to the sheriff’s report, Swiggett was conducting an investigation on an older model Blue GMC pickup with no tag that was backed into the woods on CR 40W.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    •Devin D. Loftton, 24, of Ocala was arrested May 22 and charged with possession of marijuana, less than 20 grams.

    The arrest came following a traffic stop for an unlawful turn.

    According to the police report, the alleged marijuana weighed 7.4 grams and was valued at $30.

    • Elray Brennon Battles, Jr., 27, of Williston was charged May 24 with driving while license suspended or revoked with knowledge.

  • Sobriety checkpoint set for Williston Friday

    The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting a Comprehensive Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint (CRSC) within the Cross City Sub-District District, on Friday, May 29 starting at 9 p.m. This multi-agency checkpoint will be conducted in Levy County on US 27 at NW 1st Street, in the city of Williston.

    This is a continuing enforcement program to identify persons who are operating a motor vehicle with defective equipment, without a valid driver's license, without a proper vehicle registration, proper insurance or while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

  • Third grade FCAT scores down countywide

    The Florida Department of Education released the results of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in reading and math for third-graders last Thursday.

    The results show that 68 percent of Levy County students in reading and 77 percent in math meet or exceed expectations for their grade level. This year’s results are down from 2008, which showed that 74 percent of Levy students in reading and 79 percent in math met or exceeded expectations.

  • Chipoletti: It’s all about the execution

    After several weeks of grueling practices sessions that saw temperatures in the 90 degree range, and then wet muggy rainy conditions, the 2009 Williston Red Devil Football team is ready for its test.

    This Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m., the Red Devils will travel down to take on the Crystal River Pirates.

    This season the Red Devils have been practicing under new first year Head Coach Derek Chipoletti. The team has been learning Chipoletti’s offensive system while switching over to a three-five defensive system.

  • Softball team feted at banquet

    Tuesday evening May 26, the 2009 3A District 5 Lady Red Devil Softball champs held their awards banquet in the high school cafeteria.

    The young Red Devil team ended their season in the regional semi-finals with a loss to Keystone Heights, and finished the season with an 18-9 record.

  • Things to do, places to go

    Dunnellon Visionary

    May 28

    The Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Destination Dunnellon Committee will hold a Visionary Meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.

    The upcoming meeting’s agenda is to review visions created by other groups in the Dunnellon area and to discuss how to implement the plan currently endorsed by the City of Dunnellon into a vision for the entire Dunnellon area.

  • Todd Etheridge named to Perkins board

    The shareholders and board of directors of Perkins State Bank announce the appointment of M. Todd Etheridge to the board of directors, effective April 10th.

    Etheridge will assume the seat of Louise Breeden, who retired after 65 years as an employee and board member.

    Etheridge is a life-long resident of Levy County and began his career with Perkins State Bank in 1994 as a teller working his way to his current position of executive vice president.

    He attended the University of West Florida and is a graduate of the Florida School of Banking.

  • Risner to take helm as editor

    This issue of the Williston Pioneer Sun News marks the last by editor Jim Clark.

    Current Chiefland Citizen editor Carolyn Risner will be assuming the helm of the Williston Pioneer Sun News.

    Clark will be taking over the editorship of the Chiefland newspaper.

    “This transition is a better allocation of our resources and will allow us to continue to provide strong news products in both areas,” said Chiefland general manager Tom Ten Broeck.

  • Community Calendar

    Pap smear clinic May 14

    T.MC. Healthcare of Williston will hold a pap smear clinic on Thursday, May 14, from 1-4 p.m.

    No appointment is necessary. This service will be provided to all women with a charge of only $5. This fee includes the office visit and the laboratory billing.

    For further information call 528-0587. The office is located at 630 N. Main St., Williston.

    Dunnellon FOL May 15