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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.

  • Levy EMS: Answering the call

    It was a regular day for county employees, what some even called a slow day, but a day unlikely to be forgotten by the people whose calls for assistance were answered.

  • Fuller's time to take it easy

    By Lacy S. Harris

  • Deal made in sunshine case

    Three Fanning Springs council members who were charged with violating the sunshine law have pleaded no contest.

    Charges against Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were filed with the Levy County Clerk's Office on Jan. 26. The arraignment date was changed from Feb. 16 to Tuesday, Feb. 2.

  • Raccoons may be cause of birds leaving nests

    On April 19, 2015, the thousands of nests on Seahorse Key were occupied and the sounds of birds filled the air. Those feeding their broods brought in fish, some of which drooped from nests to be devoured by the cottonmouths that live below.

    “They are very sloppy and they are a food source, a very large source of food for the cottonmouth which eats marine fish,” said Coleman M. Sheehy III, a researcher on the island since 2001. “The important thing is they eat the fish, not the birds.”

    On April 21 Seahorse Key was quiet. No birds.

  • Parade for Words

    Students at Chiefland Elementary School concluded their celebration of literacy week with a parade of literary characters and vocabulary words.

    Throughout the day on Friday, Jan. 29, grade levels kindergarten through second grade students, who dressed up as their favorite literary character, paraded their outfits around the track or courts at the physical education area. Grade levels third through fifth made posters and dressed up to illustrate a vocabulary word. Each class participated in their grade level's parade during their recess time.