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Today's News

  • Ribbon cutting held at O's So Sweet
  • Coleman fired as city manager

    About 15 minutes after Tuesday's City Council meeting started, City Manager Jim Coleman picked up his notebook and his dark glasses and walked out of the community center.

    He had just been fired by the Williston council.

    Later in the meeting finance director Mark Schiefer was named interim city manager. Final terms of his new position will be discussed at a special meeting and workshop next Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The council will also discuss how they want to proceed to fill the permanent position.

  • Make people wear seatbelts

    There is one law in Florida that I have been fighting for years. Maybe something is finally going to happen.

    Under current law, a law enforcement officer is not allowed to stop someone just because they don't have a seatbelt on. They can only be cited if they are stopped for some other reason.

    There reportedly is a bill in the Legislature that would change that. Hopefully, it will go through.

    Normally I'm not in favor of more government intervention. However, sometimes you just have to legislate something to overcome people's lack of judgment.

  • Honoring the dispatchers

    April 13-19, 2008 is National Public Safety Telecommunication Week. In 1991, Congress proclaimed this particular week to nationally recognize dispatchers across our country. I want to take a special moment to personally honor the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers for Levy County.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    * Joseph Thomas Hodge, 22, Dunnellon, possession of ammunition by convicted felon, possession of RX drugs without prescription.

    * Travis Scott Thorrington, 41, Bronson, theft of gas/attendant present, bond $1,000.

    * Jeffrey Vernan Coleman Jr., 16, Gainesville, burglary of unoccupied dwelling, unarmed, assault, larceny, theft, bond $30,000.

  • Williston police reports

    With the price of recycled materials going up, police say the chances of theft are rising also.

    On April 9 Williston Police arrested Malina Gaye Browning, 39, of Southeast Fourth Street, and Robert Rutlin, 49, of Southeast Fourth Drive, on charges of dealing in stolen property.

    The two were charged with taking a variety of items from a local yard and then taking it to a local recycling company.

    A Williston woman was arrested last week on six warrants, two each from Marion, Levy and Alachua counties.

  • Levy's biggest indoor pot grow house raided

    Law enforcement officials seized more than a ton of marijuana and arrested four people last Wednesday in raids in the Williston area, shutting down what is believed to be the largest indoor grow site in Levy County history.

    The estimated street value of the drugs was $1.2 million.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff's Office, a federal warrant was executed at 4150 N.E. 167th Court by the Levy County-Chiefland Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Mailbox baseball isn't legal

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  • Hastings to run for superintendent

    A face familiar to former students in all parts of Levy County is entering the race for school superintendent.

    Robert Hastings, who retired as Chiefland High principal nearly two years ago, said last Thursday that he would enter the race.

    While attending the Williston baseball game, he was asked if "rumblings of a candidacy" were true. "There are no rumblings," he said with a smile. "I'm running."

  • Class reunions

    The Class Reunion Committee of 1998 wants you to remember to mark your calendar regarding upcoming events that will take place on May 24. That day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the reunion will kick off at Johnny T. Henry Park (one block behind Hardee's). There will be hot dogs and hamburgers with all their necessities. Please bring your significant other, your family, blankets and chairs for your convenience.