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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for February 22

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

    • Feb. 12, Stephen Michael Baker, 23, Inglis, battery on law enforcement officer.

    • Feb. 11, Tamara Cournoyer, 41, Cedar Key, DUI, battery on officer, R/WV.

    • Feb. 14, Joe Nelson Davis Jr., 39, Cross City, out of county warrant.

    • Feb. 11, James Anthony Elder, 60, Old Town, taking deer or turkey with gun and light, firing weapon from a vehicle, possession of weapon or ammo by a convicted felon. Bond $85,000.

  • Community honors leaders at Black History Month event

    For about two hours Friday morning, residents from around the county crowded into the county's commision meeting room to pay homage to a handful of the area's black leaders and community members that have made a difference throughout the years.

    The event, organized by area historian and artist Carolyn Cohens and Clerk of Court Danny Shipp, has been taking place for years in honor of Black History Month.

  • Stone gains clout in new legislative job

    Friday, Feb. 13, was not a bad luck day for state Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala), whose 22nd District is made up of all of Levy County and a portion of western Marion County.

    Florida House Majority Leader Dana Young (R-Tampa) and Majority Whip Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) on Friday announced the appointment of Stone and fellow state Reps. Colleen Burton (R-Lakeland), Julio Gonzalez (R-Venice) and David Santiago (R-Deltona) as House Majority Deputy Whips for the 2015-2016 legislative term.

  • Board cancels contract for Williston school

    The Levy County School Board has cancelled its contract with its first choice for construction of the new Williston Middle High School and is now negotiating with its second ranked choice for the project. 

    The vote to end talks with Gilbane Building Company's Jacksonville unit came during the Tuesday, Feb. 10 board meeting and was unanimous.

  • Courthouse remodeling detailed

    It started with a simple complaint: A reporter said he and others in the back of the commission meeting room could not hear what was being said. It appeared the overhead speakers did not work. 

    The fix included new sound and recording equipment, a new dais for commissioners so wiring could be hidden, new microphones, comfy seats for the public even if fewer in number, and a bill for $57,379.09 for taxpayers.

  • Students remember a friend

    A crowd showed up for a last minute memorial of a young man who's life was lost in a tragic automobile accident early morning Feb. 12.

    Deshawn Roland was known not only for being a skilled athlete, but also a great person, said speakers at the event, which was held at 6 p.m.

    "An outpouring of love," Coach Aaron Richardson said, is what the night was about. He spoke of how tragedy hits small communities and choked back tears as he spoke about remembering the guy who "meant so much to all of us."

  • Visitation Friday for Deshawn Roland

    Chiefland lost a standout football star and all around nice guy when two vehicles crashed at 1:35 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, in front of the Marathon gas station, formerly the South Chevron, on U.S. Highway 19 in South Chiefland.

    Former Chiefland Indians football player Deshawn Roland, 20, died during surgery at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. At least three others were hospitalized with serious injuries after the crash, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Former Indians football player dies in crash

    Students of Chiefland Middle High School will be gathering at Doyle McCall field at 6 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 13) to reminisce and comfort each other following the early morning death of a popuar standout Chiefland Indians football player Deshawn Roland. 

    Afterwards mourners will be welcome for visitation with the family of James Corbin, Deshawn Roland's close friend. The Corbin family fostered Roland after his mother died of breast cancer in his senior year.  

    Plans are still being made for his funeral. 

  • Sheriff seeks help in solving shooting

    Investigators are appealing once again to the residents of East Williston to come forward with information or a gun used in a shooting on Friday, Feb. 6, at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 318 and U.S. Highway 27A.

    Arrested in the shooting is Robert Junior Rives, 37, who is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond is $400,000. Rives is the brother of a victim in a still unsolved fatal shooting in 2014.

  • Sheriff's Report for the week of February 12

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

    • Feb. 5, Michael Bergeron, 25, Inglis, FTA. Bond $1,000.

    • Feb. 4, Stephanie Ann Carlisle, 21, Bronson, VOP.

    • Feb. 6, Kenneth Elliott Craner, 49, Ocala, out of county warrant. Bond $11,000.

    • Feb. 4, Jimmie Lee Donald, 55, Chiefland, FTA.

    • Feb. 7, Deanna Marie Drew, 29, Chiefland, retail theft, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $5,000.