Today's News

  • Man arrested on sex charges

    A tip to the Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline has resulted in the arrest of a Williston man on charges he rigged his home to record young girls as they came out of the shower, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Mark Kristian Stringer, 59, faces multiple charges of video voyeurism and two counts of lewd or lascivious battery of a minor child.

  • FWC Enforcement Report

    LEVY COUNTY – Officer Schulz was on land patrol in the area of Watermelon Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA) when he found a vehicle parked in a secluded area during closed hunting season. Officer Schulz noted where the subject had entered the WMA and concealed himself to wait for the hunter’s return. When the hunter arrived he was dressed in camouflage, carrying a shotgun and a crow decoy with a speaker (electronic call). The man admitted to hunting during closed season and using electric game calls. Officer Schulz issued the appropriate citations and warnings.

  • Christian school worker arrested on sex charge

    A 26-year-old man who was a bus driver for Vision Christian Academy in Raleigh was arrested on Jan. 27 and faces charges of lewd and lascivious behavior with a seventh grade student.

    Devonte Jerome White, of Williston, was arrested after he admitted to Levy County Sheriff's deputies that he has engaged in sexual activity with the girl, but had ended the relationship and communication with the student, according to the arrest report.

  • 2/4/16 Sheriff's Report

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

    •Jan. 28, Kyle Douglas Wayne Ashley, 18, Chiefland, battery. Bond $5,000.

    •Jan. 29, Kevin Geovany Campos, 20, Trenton, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license, possession of marijuana. ROR.

    •Jan. 26, Samuel S. DeLoach, 45, Archer, two counts VOP. No bond.

    •Jan. 26, Cunguan Dong, 46, Chiefland, resist arrest, commit theft, resist recovery of property. Bond $500.

    •Jan. 31, Brenda Michelle Hallman, 40, Chiefland, battery.

  • Fanning chamber gives back to fire department

    The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce donated 100 percent of the proceeds of the duck race and then some to the Fanning Springs Fire Department.

    The popular duck race event was one of the highlights of the Festival of Lights held this past Dec. 5. Chamber members sold every duck they had, around 1,850, and made about $1750. They rounded up and gave the fire department $2,000.

  • Fuller's time to take it easy

    By Lacy S. Harris

  • What should you do when you see a manatee?

    Manatees are found in many of Florida’s waterways and can be difficult to see, especially when you travel in a boat on the water. 

    You may see a swirl on the surface caused by the manatee when it dives; see an animal’s back, snout, tail, or flipper break the surface of the water; or you may only hear the manatee when it surfaces to breathe (as shown here). In all of these instances, keeping your distance and passive observation are the best ways to view manatees. 

  • CF offering connect to UCF

    The College of Central Florida has joined DirectConnect to UCF. This partnership with the University of Central Florida guarantees UCF admission to students who earn an Associate in Arts or an articulated Associate in Science at CF.

  • I-75 task force eager for details

    By Mike Wright

       The task force charged with finding a relief plan for Interstate 75 heard plenty of information Monday, but several members are antsy for details.

      The I-75 Relief Task Force met at the National Guard Armory in Crystal River, its second meeting since being formed by the Department of Transportation. It has meetings planned in each of the six counties in the study area, and plans to have a recommendation by August.

  • Now I Lay Me down to Count Sheep

     All my life, sleep has been a most trusted companion. I never leave home without it. It does not matter where I am or what I am doing, I can sleep at the drop of a hat.

     For years, I have heard of people who had problems sleeping at night. I have never been one of those people. I can sit down in a chair and in a few winks, the snoring machine begins. I can never understand people who could not sleep. I always thought they were kind of joking about the whole scenario. Then it happened to me this week.