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Today's News

  • Couple refuses to cede custody despite court order

    A Williston couple who refused to comply with a court order found sheriff’s deputies at the door, ready to do whatever was necessary to enter the home.

    William Bennett, 50, and Lori Bennett, 49, of NE 153th Court were arrested Sept. 15 after they refused a court order to remove their handicapped son from the home.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The following information is taken from public records supplied by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Edwin Floridan Lopez, 26, of Morriston, charged with aggravated assault and domestic battery. Bail is $7,000.

    Timothy Scott Sterling, 45, of Bronson, charged with domestic battery. Bail is $1,000.

    William Grady Fortner, 27, of Bronson, charged with domestic battery. He was released.

    Terry Lynn Herndon, 51, of Williston, charged with violation of probations (VOP) on production of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. No bond.

  • Jailed inmate charged in Morriston theft

    A 22-year-old Coconut Creek man was charged with entering a residence in Morriston and stealing a Toshiba laptop computer valued at $220.

    Michael Kerklin, who is in the Levy County Jail on unrelated burglary and grand theft charges, was charged with additional burglary and grand theft charges in the Aug. 18 incident .

  • Bronson Chamber to hold yard sale

    The Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a yard and pumpkin sale Saturday, Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Main Avenue and the Grass Triangle in Bronson as a fund-raiser for its Pumpkin Fest. Oct. 31.

    Individual sellers may also set up a 10’x10’ space the day of the sale for $10.

    Pumpkin Fest Schedule

    Setup 8-10 a.m.

    Opening Ceremony 10 a.m.

    Marine Corps League

    Pie Baking Contest 10:30 a.m.

    Dessert Auction Noon

    Pie Eating Contest 1:30 p.m.

    Pumpkin Carving Contest 2:30 p.m.

  • Regional Happenings

    Breast Cancer Fund-raiser

    The Second Annual Bunco Babes Ocala -Breast Friends - Shak’n Dice 4 a Cure Tournament Fund-raiser Against Breast Cancer will be held Jan. 8, 2010.

    The doors open at 6 p.m. and gaming begins sharply at 7 p.m.

    The event will take place at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 Southwest 36th Ave. in Ocala.

    Tickets are $30 and include playing Bunco and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available.

  • Levy Cup stays in Williston after 48-0 romp over Chiefland

    From the start Williston was in control, while the Indians could only see red.

    Williston easily retained the Levy Cup for the second year in a row last Friday with a 48-0 blowout of county rival Chiefland.

    The Red Devils (3-0) pounced early with a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dalton Edwards to running back Deonte Welch on their opening possession. The Indians followed with a 3-and-out that was stamped with quarterback Eugene Carter getting sacked on 3rd and 9.

  • Father Lopez edges out Eagles in Daytona Beach

    Daytona Beach Father Lopez needed to hold off a fourth-quarter Bronson rally to beat Bronson 27-22 at Alumni Field last Friday night.

    Bronson, which struggled against the Lopez defense, stayed in the game with big plays. Its first two touchdowns came on a 43-yard interception return and an 85-yard kickoff return.

    After the Green Wave’s Taylor Crimmins scored his second touchdown — a 33-yard run around the left end — Lopez (1-2) was up 27-14 with 4:49 remaining in the game.

  • Volunteers needed at Williston Middle School

    Several parents and community members have asked about volunteer opportunities at Williston Middle School.  Here are some school and class projects that would benefit from help from volunteers.  Please contact the office, 528-2941, or Dedee McLeod if you are interested in helping in these areas:

    • PBS (Positive Behavior Support) will hold an incentive event very 4 ½ weeks and volunteers are needed to help with it. This would be about a two-hour commitment.

  • Testing pushed president’s school speech aside

    Levy County students did not watch President Barack Obama's speech to students on Sept. 8, prompting questions from teachers and parents as to why the speech was not shown live at area schools.

    Ann Coffel, of Williston, said she was surprised to hear from a teacher in the school district that the speech would not be shown live to students. Coffel said she comes from a family of educators, and Obama's speech would have been a worthwhile teaching opportunity.

  • Apologies

    Our Web site was not updated last week because the editor was on vacation. The person who was responsible for updating the site did not and has been properly flogged, per your recommendations.

    We apologize for this egregious oversight and will update this week, both last week's stories and current ones.

    The rested and refreshed editor,

    Carolyn Risner