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Today's News

  • Suspect in home invasion killed

    One suspect is dead and four others are under arrest after a home invasion early Wednesday.

    According to a news release, the invasion occurred in the 19000 block of Northwest County Road 335 in Marion County, just outside of the Williston area.

    Officials say two armed suspects unlawfully entered the residence, and as a result a homeowner "retrieved a firearm and shot and killed one suspect."

    The second suspect fled along with some others.

    The dead man was identified as Jonathan Gaal, 19, of Southeast 70th Loop in Ocala.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday, July 26

    * SHARE Distribution, 9-10 a.m., Cornerstone Assembly of God. Contact Elsie Neal 528-5709.

    Monday, July 28

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * Whole Wide World @ My Public Library. Join us for books, stories, games crafts, and much, much more. All programs begin @ 10:00 a.m. at Williston Public Library, 528-2313.

    * CRA, 5:15 p.m. City Hall.

  • Upcoming events

    Bethany Church

    to hold centennial

    On July 25-27 the Bethany Church of Christ will celebrate its centennial with a gospel meeting.

    Each day one of the men who previously preached at this church will return with a lesson on how the Love of God can save your soul, and preserve a congregation of believers for 100 years.

    Gospel meeting

    set in Morriston

    Morriston Church of Christ is "Celebrating 100 Years" with a gospel meeting July 25-27.

  • Stretch of 441 to be name for Williston resident

    On Wednesday, July 9, a road sign was unveiled that honors a local hero; a stretch of U.S. 441 is now designated as the Lt. Colonel Robert T. Heagy Jr. Memorial Highway.

    Lt. Col. Robert T. Heagy Jr. resided in Williston before he died in 2005. He was born just outside of Archer in 1930. Lt. Col. Heagy Jr. became assistant to the base commander when he entered the Air Force. He soon became an officer. Lt. Col. Heagy Jr. served in the military for over 30 years. For 28 of those years he was a fighter pilot.

  • Man charged with enticing child

    A 63-year-old Fanning Springs resident has been charged with impersonating a police officer, and luring and enticing a child into his vehicle.

    Levy County Sheriff's Investigator Lauree Allen arrested William Silas Johns July 10 on the charges.

    The 6-year-old girl who reported the July 2 incident was not physically harmed, according to a sheriff's office press release.

  • Fallen son remembered

    Cpl. David Wayne Moss will be honored by a grateful city 20 years after his death in the line of duty. A memorial to Moss was erected several years ago in front of the Williston Police Department headquarters. Now, city council has directed that SW Main St., which runs from Noble Ave. to the public safety complex at SW 1st Ave., be renamed Cpl. David Wayne Moss St.

    The decision grew from an initial suggestion by Lt. Clay Connolly that the Linear Park be renamed in Moss' honor. Connolly had made the same request some years ago, but no action had been taken.

  • Missing girl found

    Williston Police and Fire personnel, along with CERT volunteers searching for a local girl Monday morning were relieved when the girl was found after several hours of searching.

    Rachel Tiffany Blakely, 16, left her residence in the Williston Crossing RV Park at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and was not found until 10:15 a.m. Monday morning.

    Blakely reportedly left her residence after a disagreement with her younger brother. Originally from Washington State, she has only been in the area for two months, is home schooled, does not drive and is not familiar with the area.

  • RV sites will become permanent fixtures

    A request by Goethe Trailhead Ranch to convert 37 of 73 recreational vehicle sites into stationary park trailers drew sharp criticism from neighbors before being approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    The Ranch, located at 9171 Southeast Levy County Road 337 between Williston and Dunnellon, is a horse-themed resort with a lighted arena, convenience store, tack and feed store, the Chuck Wagon Diner, 96 box stalls for horses, and access to more than 120 miles of trails in Goethe State Forest.

  • PSC approves need for nuke plants

    The public's opportunity to give the Levy County Commission their opinion on the proposed Progress Energy two-unit nuclear plant near Inglis will come at an informational hearing at 7 p.m. on August 7 in the Levy County Courthouse courtroom.

    The hearing, required as part of the plant's application process, would be the only one held by the Commission.

  • Bronson questions fire chief's health

    BRONSON - A recent workers' compensation claim by Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo has town officials wondering if he is healthy enough to perform his duties.

    Plus it has brought about the question, would a possible merger with Otter Creek put an added burden on his physical condition and affect the best interests of all concerned?

    The quandary surfaced at the July 7 monthly meeting when Town Lawyer Stephen Warm surprised council members when he revealed Lombardo's compensation claim history over the past couple of years.