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  • County workshop coming on Crabfest

    The Williston Crabfest, an unorganized annual gathering in East Williston each April, is still getting attention because of the furor over a shooting that left one person dead and four wounded.

  • Chiefland pitbull ruled dangerous

    After months of reports that pitbulls have been roaming the streets of Chiefland attacking residents, commissioners Monday night voted unanimously to deem at least one of the dogs dangerous.

  • Commission rejects alcohol ordinance change

    Responding to public pressure to not make changes in the hours alcoholic beverages are sold, the Levy County Commission decided Tuesday night to let the current ordinance stand.

  • Sheriff's reports (week of 5-2-2013), and Most Wanted

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • April 26, Bryan Keith Baker, 49, Williston, VOP.
    • April 25, Jamie Marie Barr, 19, Newberry, violating injunction of protection domestic violence.
    • April 22, George Black, 34, Homasassa, VOP. Bond $10,000.
    • April 26, Nikia Shonquise Brown, 22, Williston, aggravated battery.
    • April 26, Mary Christina Marie Byrd, 29, Bronson, battery. Bond $2,000.
    • April 28, Salvador Jose Calvillo, 34, Bronson, aggravated assault, battery.

  • Gun-blasted kitten up for adoption

    Some have guardian angels. Others are angels with guardians.
    Such is the case for a 2-month old yellow tabby that was brought into the Family Pet Vet about three weeks ago.
    Angel, as staff at the Chiefland veterinary clinic has dubbed her, was barely clinging to life when she was found in an area parking lot and brought in by a concerned citizen unable to afford paying the $600 to $700 in treatment that would save Angel's life.
    But that didn't prevent staff at the hospital from doing what it could to keep her alive.

  • Wild Hog brings in hundreds

    Organizers with the 36th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race say it's still too early to know just how much money was made at Saturday's event, though, based on attendance, it's believed it will be one of the most prosperous ever.

  • Sewage spill update

    Contamination levels from a recent sewage spill into the Withlacoochee River are below state limits for fecal coliform bacteria, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
    Dea Ann Miller, FDEP spokesperson, wrote in an email Monday that tests were done in two locations Friday on the Withlacoochee, near Madison Blue Spring and at County Road 141.

  • Crabfest with no humanity

    A long-time celebration was marred Saturday night when shots rang out at Crabfest, killing one and injuring four others.
    Barry Barney, 36, died after being shot at Crabfest, which, billed by promoters as a cultural event for the black community, occurs every April on CR 318, east of Williston.
     Sheriff Bobby McCallum said the incident erupted at 8:05 p.m. and law enforcement agents were on the scene immediately.

  • Second sewage spill prompts warnings for Suwannee

    For the second time in as many months, state health officials are cautioning against contact with water from the Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers.
    Anyone who comes into contact with the water, until officials can determine what, if any, contamination is still present from a recent sewage spill in Georgia, should wash thoroughly, the Florida Department of Health warns.

  • PreK class raises $200 for Relay for Life Team

    Kay Gordon and Janet Hinote are members of the Chiefland Elementary ‘Kids for a Cure’ Relay for Life Team.