Today's News

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • July 14, Reginald Ventrell Adams Sr., 56, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $2,500.

    • July 12, Christopher Scott Allen, 42, Inglis, out of county warrant.

    • July 12, Sydney Leigh Allen, 20, Inglis, possession of a controlled substance w/o a prescription, trafficking in amphetamine, two counts possession and/or use of drug equipment, destroying/ tampering with evidence, smuggling contraband into a detention facility. Bond $325,000.

  • Happenings


    Clothes Give-Away

    First Baptist Church Williston is once again opening its clothes closet for the annual Back-to-School Clothes Give-Away Saturday, Aug, 4, 9 a.m. - noon in the Family Life Center.

    New and clean, gently used garments are available for the whole family - babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, women and men.

    If you have any questions or have clothes you would like to donate to this effort, call the church office at 352-528-4331.

    Brunch with AARP

  • Dollar General robbed Saturday

    The Williston Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two men who allegedly robbed the Dollar General Store on Noble Avenue late Saturday night.

    Police Chief Dennis Strow said his officers responded to the report of an armed robbery shortly after it occurred at 10:31 p.m. July 14.

    The suspects had a handgun, Strow said and robbed the clerk of an undetermined amount of money before fleeing from the store and traveling east.

    Both suspects wore ski masks.

  • Carolyn's I-95 adventure

    Regular readers know that I spent the weekend after July 4 in Eastern Kentucky at my class reunion. Everything went smoothly and I had the time of my life.

    Now, as the late Paul Harvey once said, now for the rest of the story.

    The reunion was over at 9 p.m. to allow those who had traveled to return home, or those like me, who needed to get an early start the next day.

    However, I ended up talking with classmates behind the trunk of my car in the parking lot until 10.

    By the time I returned to the hotel and changed, it was 10:45.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • July 2, Earnest Gerome Brown, 63, Williston, contempt of court. Bond $40,000.

    • July 4, Christian Miles Cannon, 30, Newberry, three out-of-county warrants. ROR.

    • July 3, Vajiha Farooq, 31, Bronson, two counts cruelty toward a child w/o great bodily harm. Bond $50,000.

    • July 5, Kelly Letrisha Geer, 40, Bronson, aggravated assault. Bond $5,000.

  • We are the same

    I've been gone longer than I lived there but there's no doubt my roots are tied deeply to the mountains of Appalachia and the people who live there.

    This past weekend, I made a 12 1/2 hour trek back as those vibrant verdant hills beckoned me once more.

    They are not the mountains of my childhood where narrow two-lane roads were crammed with heavy trucks carrying even heavier loads of coal.

    Once impressive homes are now in a state of disrepair and kudzu blankets abandoned properties.

  • I believe in what I do

    I was out doing errands Thursday when I got a text from friend and former co-worker, Lou Jones.

    "Shooting at Annapolis paper," it read. "Several shot."

    My heart dropped.

    Once I returned to the office and was able to check into what was going on, I was numb.

    I've been in this business a long time – and I've known journalists who were targeted for their reporting: Tires slashed; a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window of a newspaper office; telephone curses and in-your-face screaming.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • June 20, Donyahl Michelle Adams, 42, Trenton, possession of drugs w/o a prescription, possession and/or use of drug equipment, VOP. Bond $31,000.

    • June 22, Mark Stuart Allen, 26, Trenton, fleeing/eluding LEO, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. Bond $5,500.

    • June 23, James Blair Bailey Jr., 37, Inglis, two counts FTA. Bond $3,000.

    • June 18, Dakota Perry Ballard, 20, Archer, out of county warrant.

  • Happenings



    Candidate Forum

    Wishing for an easy way to meet candidates for office and ask about issues that matter to you? If so, mark your calendar for the 2018 Candidates Forum. This free nonpartisan event will be Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williston Middle/High School cafetorium. 

  • County candidates set for August elections

    By Sean Arnold


    A pair of Levy County Commission races and a School Board race highlight the county election season, which could be completely determined by the end of the primary on Aug. 30.

    The qualifying deadline for county-wide offices was June 22.

    The two County Commission seats both feature a pair of Republicans squaring off, so the races will be decided in the primary, which will be open to voters of all affiliations.