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Today's News

  • Police Memorial Week

    Every day, our Nation's dedicated law enforcement Officers put themselves at risk to keep the citizens safe. As we observe Peace Officers' Memorial Day and Police Week, May 11-17, 2008, we pay tribute to the courageous men and women who have lost their lives protecting us, and we honor all those who wear the badge and keep the peace.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office announced the following felony arrests:

    * Alvin Edward Cloninger, 29, of Davenport, burglary if a structure. No bond.

    * Michelle Ann Waskom, 37, of Williston, worthless check. Released on own recognizance.

    * William Dray Harris, 19, of Gulf Hammock, battery. Released on own recognizance.

    * Willie Leon Blunt, 48, of Williston, dealing in stolen property.

    * Sonia J. Carter 48, of Archer, burglary of a structure, forgery or altering a bill or note and scheme to defraud. Bond $10,000.

  • Williston police reports

    Williston Police officers pursued and apprehended an Archer man Monday night when he refused to stop after coming out from behind a church at 1:50 a.m.

    Thomas Fletcher of the 7200 block of Southeast 78th Place was arrested in a wooded area east of State Road 121 in Alachua County just north of the Levy County line.

    Fletcher fled from his vehicle and had to be tasered to be subdued. He was hospitalized after stating that he had a heart condition and allegedly admitting he was under the influence of crack cocaine.

  • Store clerk faces narcotics charges

    The clerk at a Williston convenience store has been arrested on various charges by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    On May 7, Waqas Illahi, 27, was arrested for trafficking in controlled substance, sale of controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and three counts of resisting arrest with violence.

  • Horses need protection

    Editor:

    I have to comment on these two stories of animal abuse that were in your paper. It's good that people get to read these stories, so they will be aware of just how bad the animal neglect and abuse situation is.

    It's about time the legal system takes animal cruelty seriously. It's a crime and the law needs to step up their penalties for it.

    They need to enforce stiff penalties for people who abuse animals. What was done to those horses at Beauty's Haven Farm is horrible.

  • Fourth graders start reading project

    The Levy County Schools Foundation announces the start of the Black Stallion Literacy Project for all Levy District fourth graders for the second year. "This literacy program motivates children to discover the joys of reading and wonders of learning through the magic of live horses and a Black Stallion book by Walter Farley", says Dara Bergdoll, Black Stallion Chairman. 2007 funding for this program was provided by Perkins Financial Group, Inc. and Heath Davis Company, Inc. and this year's program is being sponsored again by Perkins Financial Group, Inc., along with The Barfield Group.

  • Deaths could have been prevented

    There were some items in the news from this area recently that deserve comment.

    BOY DIES ON HIGHWAY: In neighboring Ocala, a 7-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while he was crossing Interstate 75 on foot.

    Take the time to digest a couple of things from that sentence: 7-year-old, and crossing the highway on foot.

    There are a number of blogs going on about this incident, and they are divided into two camps. First, they feel sorry for the parents and want to help them, and second, where were the parents when this was happening.

  • Bronson race results

    It was another beautiful night for racing at the ASA Sanctioned Bronson Motor Speedway and the crowd was buzzing with excitement as the stars of the RC-Cola/Moon Pie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour invaded the high banks of Bronson for the Flagship RV Gator 100. Not only did the Limited Sportsman feature end with a different winner, a new face was able to put the brakes on a winning streak in the Super Stock Division as well. With the addition of qualifying, it was an action packed night of excitement for the whole family.

  • Spring football under way

    The Williston Red Devils are deep into their spring football practice.

    They have been working hard for the last couple of weeks under the watchful eyes of Coach Jamie Baker and his coaching staff. This past Tuesday evening saw the Red Devil players going through intense training and drills.

    The weather was hot and muggy but the instruction and effort were both exceptional. The Red Devils will continue with spring practice every evening until their spring game at Keystone Heights on May 27.

  • Trio gets ramp for better access

    On a hot, dry Thursday morning last week, members of the Williston branch of the AARP descended upon a mobile home on 118th Terrace, northeast of Bronson, with one purpose in mind - build a ramp.

    It was a combination of the Rural Ramp Program that serves North Central Florida, and the National Day of Service for the AARP, that brought the two programs together at the home of Rexford and Dexter Batten and Lynn Zeneski, and their five dogs.