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Today's News

  • Community mourns death of teens

    They came to cry. They came to laugh. They came to remember young women who were taken from them in the spring of their lives.

    Tuesday night, friends, family, teachers and community members gathered at the flagpole at Williston High School to honor the lives and now memories of Tiffany Oliver and Marqui Cook, high school seniors who died following an accident Sunday morning.

  • Marqui Nichole Cook

    Marqui Nichole Cook, 17, of Morriston died Dec. 27, 2009.

    She was born Feb. 22, 1992 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. to Mark Allen Cook and Diane Michelle Gianforte. She had lived in Morriston since 2004 moving here from Ocala. She attended church at Present Truth Ministries. She was a senior at Williston High School where she was a cheerleader. She belonged to FFA where she was part of the parliamentary procedure team. She enjoyed mudslinging at the power lines with her friends.

  • Tiffany Nicole Oliver

    Tiffany Nicole Oliver, 17, of Williston, died Dec. 27, 2009.

    She was born June 21,1992 in St. Petersburg. She was a senior at Williston High School, Class of 2010.

    She had a passion for family, friends, horses and working hard. and more with

    She was a tomboy at heart who loved climbing trees when she was younger, riding dirt bikes, ATV's, mud bogging to her newest adventure, hog hunting. She enjoyed the beach, swimming with dolphins and exploring the sea. Hlady. Her beautiful face and smile lit up any room she walked in..

  • FHP: Accident investigation could take 60-90 days

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver of Williston and Marqui Cook of Morrison were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees in the early morning accident.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.

  • A chance to start over

    Every day that we are given the chance to wake up from our slumber and put our feet on the floor is another opportunity to start with a clean slate and start life anew.

    Unfortunately most of us tend to carry the burdens and travails of yesterday into our todays and that clouds our tomorrows.

    As 2010 sits on the horizon, it also marks the chance for new beginnings, new attitudes.

    What will you do with it?

    The first thing I challenge each of you to do is look back at 2009 and reflect on what was right with your life.

  • Levy County needs Sammy Yearty

    To the editor:

    While you are enjoying your busy Christmas holidays, I hope you will take a moment to say a prayer for Sammy Yearty and the Yearty family.

    If you look back at the many good things Sammy has done for Levy County, you will come to understand that he is one of those rare human beings who has deep compassion and understanding for those around him.

    When the inmates of Lancaster Correctional Institution were building the Levy County Quilt Museum, Sammy was always ready to lend support and contribute whatever was needed.

  • Sammy Yearty cares about people

    To the editor:

    I am writing to show my support for my good friend, Sammy Yearty. I have known Sammy, his father and mother and his family for more than 60 years.

    I watched him grow up and was pleased 30 years ago when he turned to serving Levy County government just as his father had. More and more, public service is not an easy path for one to choose.

  • Sheriff's Reports

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

    Yolanda Regina White, 37, of Williston was charged Dec. 21 with possession of cannabis more than 20 grams, maintaining a drug dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis with the intent to distribute. Bond was $10,000.

    Richard N. Corbin, 44, of Williston was arrested Dec. 23 with corruption by threat and resisting without violence after he was picked up on violation of probation (VOP) warrant. Bond was $4,000.

  • Criminal sentences handed down

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros–dropped–in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information is taken from public records.

    August: Debbie J. Barfield, 55, of Chiefland, driving with a suspended or revoked license, 90 days with credit for 17 days served; and attaching tag not assigned to vehicle, 60 days with credit for 17 days served, served concurrently. Must pay jail fund and civil judgement.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Michael R. Hammock, 42, of SE 2nd Avenue, charged on an Alachua County warrant for fraud Dec. 24.

    • Warren Rashard Frazier, 19, of NE 1st Avenue, charged with resisting without violence Dec. 22.

    • Edgar Amilcar Munoz-Coto, 25, of NE 117th Avenue charged with driving without a license Dec. 27.