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Today's News

  • Chiefland Rotary has big gift for Haven

    There may not have been many dove bagged at the Chiefland Rotary Club's annual Buck Mitchell Memorial Dove Hunt in November, but there were lots of bucks bagged on behalf of Haven Hospice — $7,000 in all.  William A. Lapole, left, associate director  of development for Haven, accepts the check from David Renaud, president of the Chiefland Rotary Club on Dec. 15.

  • Convicted in Alachua, living in Williston

    Five men convicted of sex crimes — two designated as predators and three as offenders — are sharing the same residence in East Williston, although all of them are from Alachua County.
    And while it may seem coincidental, the state probation office is fully aware of the living situation and has approved the home for Christopher Caffie and Detwan Wommack, labeled sexual offenders and Robert Lewis Jr., Jeremy Astrologo and Robert J. Perry, all convicted predators.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Dec. 22

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Dec. 13, Cody Wayne Andrews, 19, Williston, dealing in stolen property and grand theft. Bond $13,500.
    n Dec. 14, Joey Berry, 23, Trenton, out of county warrant. Bond $5,000.
    n Dec. 16–James Macolm Bonner, 43, Reddick, FTA, four counts obtaining goods/services. Bond $20,000.
    n Dec. 18, Eric Alan Booth, 50, Cedar Key, DUI. Bond $2,500.

  • Drug dealer sentenced to 45 years

    Hermie McClendon of Chiefland has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for his conviction in a case that also spawned a jury tampering charge against his lifelong friend.
    McClendon was found guilty by a jury on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and sale of a controlled substance. He was sentenced on Nov. 29 to 15 years on the first charge and 30 years on the second, both to be served concurrently.

  • Chiefland man arrested on drug charge

    Torry F. "Big White" White, 45, of Chiefland, was arrested Dec. 12 on trafficking in Lortab and Oxycodone, by the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force conducting undercover drug purchases.
    Agents gave a confidential source $120 which was used to buy 25 pink pills from White, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The agents identified the pills as Lortab, a drug prescribed by physicians for pain management.

  • Man accused of supplying drugs to Chiefland, Cedar Key

    Kenyatta Daron Howard. 36, of Hawthorne was arrested Dec. 16 by the North Florida Violent Fugitive Task Force on drug charges, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Howard was considered as a mid level drug dealer in Levy County supplying drugs to the Cedar Key and Chiefland areas, according to the release. The Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force made undercover drug buys from Howard and obtained an arrest warrant for sale and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.   

  • Community Calendar for the week of Dec.22

    Through Dec. 30

    Train display at College
    of Central Florida
    The Ocala Model Railroaders and private collector Bruce Richardson are partnering with the College of Central Florida to again present the 16th Annual Trains at the Holidays with exciting layouts and models with historic and holiday themes.
    The exhibit at the Webber Gallery of the Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road, opens on Thursday, Dec. 15.

  • Medicare answers available

       If you have questions about options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare billings, there is a place to go for answers.
    Visit a SHINE volunteer and get the answers. SHINE is a program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for one-on-one counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance by trained volunteers.  If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.
       SHINE volunteers will be available:

  • Relive history at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

       Come be swept away with medieval magic by volunteering at the 26th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Step back in time at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Jan. 28, Sunday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 5.  Become a part of Gainesville’s rich tradition of community service while enjoying one of north central Florida’s most exciting cultural events. Volunteers will receive a one-day pass for free admission to the Faire.

  • Local dog in holiday parade

    Jessie McDonald, 9, of Old Town, coordinated her outfit with that of her dog, Tiny Tiger, for the Cedar Key Canine Christmas Celebration. The parade around downtown Cedar Key, which attracted more than 30 dogs and their owners
    and admirers, was held Saturday, Dec. 17.