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Today's News

  • Every vote counts

    It took a couple of hours on Thursday and all day Friday, but by the time the weekend started the Supervisor of Elections was able to announce that former District 4 Commissioner Lilly Rooks had won the Republican nomination by a three-vote margin.

    The final count: 1,728 votes for Rooks to 1,725 votes for incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland. Rooks will face Democrat Jamie Griffin in the Nov. 4 general election.

    It was a sweet comeback for Rooks, defeating the man who unseated her four years ago, and after suffering two strokes earlier this year.

  • Stories from the river

    As a scientist, Dr. Ken Sulak is trained to make observations.

    He makes his living studying the ways of the natural world, with an emphasis, in recent years, on the lives of sturgeon swimming the lengths of the Suwannee River.

    But his professional work over time has bled into his personal interests: observations on the lives of humans and their place in the world.

    "In the course of being on the river, you run into a lot of people, a lot of old timers," Sulak said from his office at the U.S. Geological Survey last week.

  • Jury convicts operator of Club 212

    Eugene Donald Jr. was found guilty of one felony count operating an unlicensed nightclub in a residential neighborhood east of Williston by a Levy County jury on Wednesday and will be sentenced on Wednesday, Sept. 3, after the Levy County's Sheriff's Office takes the opportunity to make an impact statement.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Aug. 26, Melba Paige Alexander, 23, Williston, non support of children or spouse. Bond $500.
    • Aug. 26, Erica Sue Allen, 36, Inglis, two counts non support of children or spouse. Bond $1,160.
    • Aug. 26, Eugene Carter, 53, Cross City, non support of children or spouse. Bond $586.
    • Aug. 25, Tammie Lee Chapin, 23, Archer, abuse without great harm to child. Bond $40,000.
    • Aug. 26, Walter R. Clark, 40, Chiefland, non support of children or child support.

  • Things I learned from teachers that I wonder if they teach today

    Schools across the country are back in session after what probably seemed like a very short summer. Unless you're a parent, that is.
    I remember being so excited for school to start every year. Truthfully it was more about socializing than learning, but I actually enjoyed learning too.
    And many things I learned–especially in elementary school–have stuck with me more years than I care to disclose.
    A couple weeks ago, Tom and I took a weekend trip to cat sit for his sister in Ft. Myers.

  • Red Devils fall 14-7 in pre-season Classic

    By Max Yavel

    Contributing Writer

    The Red Devils opened up their 2014-2015 season last Friday night as they were defeated 14-7 in a tight game against the Central High School Bears. The game consisted of just one half of football with no live special teams but was still a spirited contest nonetheless.

  • Season of Discovery

    If Williston Head Football Coach Cliff Lohrey has any apprehension, fear or dread about the 2014 season, he’s not letting it show.

    In his first year as the Red Devils’ gridiron leader, Lohrey is all smiles heading into tomorrow night’s season opener against P.K. Yonge on the opponents’ home field.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Aug. 18, Daniel Lee Bennett, 25, Floral City, grand theft. Bond $50,000.

    • Aug. 21, Shannon April Brown, 36, Old Town, petit theft. Bond $500.

    • Aug. 23, Joshua Zachary Clemons, 21, Trenton, VOP.

    • Aug. 19, Richard Cooke, 19, Tampa, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond $1,000.

    • Aug. 18, Bobby Duffy Jr., 33, Chiefland, non support of children or spouse.

  • Miss Moody to marry Mr. Beasley Oct. 11

    The engagement of Adrienne Victoria Moody to Allen Martin Beasley is announced by her parents, Mrs. Owen Baynard, and Mr. and Mrs. Horace A. Moody of Destin.

    She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Pansy Robinson of Bronson.

    The bride-elect is a 1999 graduate of Chiefland High School.

    She is a graduate of Santa Fe College with associate degrees in arts and science. She is employed by Edmiston and Edmiston PA in St. Augustine.

    The future groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Beasley of Ethel, La.

  • Deans celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

     Mr. and Mrs. James G. Dean celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Aug. 28. 

    The couple was married in Ft. Lauderdale Aug. 28, 1944 after James, a member of the U. S. Marine Corps, returned from the South Pacific, where he participated in the invasions of Guadalcanal and New Guinea.

    After the end of WWII, the couple resided in Miami until 1959, when they moved to Williston.  He spent his early years in Levy County and the return brought them closer to family.