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Today's News

  • City election set for March 3

    It's not too early to begin thinking about whether you're called to serve the community.

    Tuesday night, the Williston City Council aproved the 2015 election schedule that was proposed by Fran Taylor, city clerk. That schedule starts early December and calls for the candidate qualifying to begin at noon Jan. 12 and close out at noon Jan. 16.

    Three council seats–A, B and C will be open for qualifying seats. Those posts are currently held by Matt Brooks, Elihu Ross and Cal Byrd.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Nov. 7, Isaac Buchanan, 33, Chiefland, three counts aggravated assault.
    • Nov. 7, Salvador Jose Calvillo, 35, Bronson, out of county warrant.
    • Nov. 9, William Stephen Escue, 34, Alachua, DUI, possession of marijuana.
    • Nov. 6, Kyle Guthrie, 22, Bronson, domestic battery.
    • Nov. 10, Michael Hawkins, 53, Bronson, possession of drug equipment.
    • Nov. 5, Kenneth Hunsinger, 20, Inglis, aggravated battery.
    • Nov. 7, Johnny Jackson, 57, Williston, battery.
    • Nov. 4, Tyrone Jones, 32, Morriston, two out of county warrants.

  • Bronson mayor questions early voting petition

    The subject of early voting in the Town of Bronson, though sleeping dormant for more than a year, was again brought to light Monday night during a discussion on revisions to various amendments to be placed on a referendum ballot early next year.
    The issue, which was hotly debated by council members from June to August of 2013 and rejected by council two times, received the most attention Monday night, especially from Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler.

  • CRA looks for muralists

    If you are an artist and aren't afraid of heights, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) may have a job for you.
    Monday night CRA members learned that a Request for Proposals to paint a mural on the east side of the pavilion's clock tower netted no response.
    Williston businessman, and city councilman, Matt Brooks suggested the CRA could get a 30-inch aluminum plaque of the city's seal to hang in the frame beneath the clock. The cost would be $900.
    But CRA member Nick Williams said the emblem didn't work well in black and white nor did it fit the space.

  • Courts hand down sentences

    Levy County courts disposed of the following cases April 16, April 23, April 24, May 7, May 14:

    Vincent Louis Baker, VOP on destroying evidence, dismissed.  

    David Bezanson, possession of paraphernalia, 35 days with credit for 35 days served; possession of controlled substance, 35 days with credit for 35 days served, 24 months drug offender probation; served concurrently. must pay probation cost, civil judgment, jail fund. 

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Oct. 30, Demi Ember Appling, 24, Old Town, DWLS. Bond $15,000.

    • Nov. 1, Johnnie Russell Arnett, 31, Lakeland, FTA. Bond $10,000.

    • Oct. 30, Bobby Leon Baker, 69, Inglis, FTA. ROR.

    • Oct. 27, Charles Anthony Baugh, 66, Bronson, out of county warrant. Bond $2,000.

    • Oct. 27, William E. Beck, 54, Wellborn, DUI. Bond $10,000.

  • Traylor, Wendlant exchange wedding vows

    Chelsea Allyse Traylor of Williston and Luke Edward Wendlandt of Carrollton, Ga. were joined together in marriage on Sept. 27.

    The bride is the daughter of Greg and Pam Traylor of Williston. The groom is the son of Jerold Wendlandt of Carrollton, Ga. and Darla Cross of Panama City.

    The couple resides in Gainesville.  

  • Man charged with manslaughter in death of Cedar Key woman

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    It was just a simple report by the caretaker of a 96-year-old woman who claimed she died of natural causes.

    But Helen Bishop's story was not yet finished.

    And it was left for a funeral director, the 8th Circuit Medical Examiner, the Levy County's Sheriff's investigators and the 8th Circuit State Attorney's Office to write the final chapters.

  • Bronson officials: Email decisions are no big deal

    "Don’t kill the messenger,” wasn’t a saying expressed by some on the Bronson Town Council Monday night regarding a story written weeks ago by an area blogger about what some have called a secret vote.

    “You always come out with something that’s one sided,” Mayor Franklin Schuler said to blogger Jeff Hardison about the story, which centered around emails sent out to council members Sept. 30.

  • Williston veterans memorial kicks off Tuesday

    It's been talked about for a long time and finally Tuesday on Veterans Day, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will launch its public fundraising campaign to erect a war memorial in Heritage Park.

    Dr. Kenneth Schweibert, chairman of the CRA, said last week that some money has already been committed for the memorial, but more money is needed.

    Plans call for the memorial, and its surroundings, to be constructed in the west end of the park close to Noble Avenue.