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Today's News

  • Easter egg hunt delayed one week

    Because of this weekend's weather, the Rotary Easter Egg hunt has been postponed until March 15, according to City Manager Jim Coleman, a former president of the Rotary Club, which sponsors the event.

  • O's So Sweet holds grand opening

    O's So Sweet, the new ice cream and sandwich shop located at South Main Street and Southwest First Avenue, held its grand opening on Saturday.

    The long-time dream of Melanie Burchett has taken shape in the former quarters of McMillen Surveying at 40 S. Main St., across from police headquarters.

    The shop is named after Olivia, Burchett's 3-year-old daughter.

    In keeping with the '50s theme of the shop, an Elvis impersonator entertained and proud owners displayed classic cars.

  • Middle School now at 7-1

    Williston Middle School's baseball team ran its record to 7-1 Monday with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Fort White.

    The win avenged the only WMS loss of the season.

    Justin Baker pitched four innings, striking out four. Austin Etheridge relieved in the fifth inning and also fanned four.

    Etheridge had a single, Max White had a triple and a single, Baker had a double, Damian Strange had two singles, and Dylan Blalock had a single.

  • A visit to the state basketball tournament

    Sitting at the state high school basketball championships in Lakeland last Friday, watching P.K. Yonge get swept away in the Class 3A final, I had someone next to me lean over and say, "I wonder what Williston would be thinking right now."

    I was wondering, too.

    Were it not for one bad quarter in the regional final against P.K. Yonge, that might have been Williston's boys out there playing for the title. They had worked real hard to get where they ended up, but falling behind in the first quarter of the regionals was their downfall.

  • Williston police reports

    A Williston woman has been charged with grand theft after she allegedly stole money while on the job as a cashier at Sparr Lumber.

    Kelly Jo Claflin, 20, of Northeast 84th Street, Williston, was charged by Investigator James Bond of the Williston Police Department after interviews with store personnel.

    Originally, according to the report, she tried to implicate a co-worker, but records showed that the co-worker was not on duty when the transactions, which involved getting money from the register for returns that did not exist.

  • Drugs seized in Morriston

    A Morriston man was arrested for trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, maintain a drug dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia, after he allowed law enforcement officials to search the residence for a murder suspect.

    The alleged killer wasn't there, but plenty of drugs were, and Juan Alvarado, 27, was arrested.

  • Suspect 'looking for work' at 4 a.m.

    On Feb. 28, Wesley Leon Lindsey of Southwest 73rd St. Road, Ocala, was arrested on a Marion County warrant. During the arrest the defendant resisted arrest with violence and fought two Levy County deputies.

    At 3:51 A.M. the Levy County Sheriff's Office Communication Center received a call at 5251 N.E. 140th Court in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the driveway. The caller stated that the dogs were barking at a white male walking in front of the residence.

  • Convicted felons

    There were 27 people convicted of felonies in Levy County from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29, according to records.

    Following are the people and the crimes for which they were convicted:

    * James Ausherman, 28, of Bronson, resisting arrest by using a vehicle to elude law enforcement officers.

    * Ronald J. Barwick, 50, of Vidalia, Ga., producing methamphetamine and possession of illegal chemicals.

    * Joseph Burnett, 46, of Cross City, burglary and grand theft.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Hello and welcome to Your Sheriff's Corner. I would like to focus this week on a topic that we all encounter during our daily driving experiences, emergency vehicles. It is important that we are all educated on the importance of yielding to emergency vehicles. It is also imperative that we are aware of the laws surrounding emergency vehicles.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The following people were arrested by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. All people in the United States are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Darrel Petrykowski, 19, of Bronson was arrested Feb. 23 for three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Bond $37,500.

    * Timothy Ronald Wetherington, 19, of Chiefland was arrested Feb. 29 for aggravated battery. Bond $15,000.