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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DHSMV warns customers about unnecessary fees

    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has issued a warning to its customers about deceptive websites that lure people into paying a fee to access DHSMV’s online motorist services. The official-looking websites require their customers to pay a surcharge for their assistance. DHSMV does not require a surcharge for any of its websites -- www.GoRenew.com and www.flhsmv.gov and others. The Department posts fees on www.flhsmv.gov. 

  • Dry, dry, dry, dry, dry

    As if it wasn't enough that the low water on the Suwannee River forced the cancellation of last Saturday's lighted boat parade on the Suwannee River, the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club was told that water supplies are getting lower and action needs to be taken.
    David Still, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, in a presentation that was loaded with data and graphs available on the district's website said, "Citizens want to know information and they want it right now."

  • Light station opens for holiday season

    It took about half an hour for the small fiberglass tour boat to make it from the oyster-encrusted dock at Cedar Key to the small island known as Seahorse Key.
    About a dozen passengers, clad in windbreakers and lap blankets, sat quietly, bobbing in unison with the gray waves of low tide. An osprey, clutching a fish in its talons, watched the boat from the channel marker it was using as a perch.

  • Toys For Tots reps: economy challenging

    Pat Arcadi was marshalling an army of volunteers Tuesday morning in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church in Bronson while her husband, Vince, was visiting with each and thanking them for their help.
    The Arcadis and the volunteers work all year just to spend three days helping parents of more than 2,000 children choose gifts in a toy store-like atmosphere, free of charge, from Tri-County Toys For Tots.

  • Schofield seeks District 3 commission post

    Jack Schofield, of Yankeetown, has filed with the Levy County Supervisor of Elections to run for County Commissioner, District 3, in the upcoming 2012 election.
    Both Schofield and his wife, Susie, have been involved in their local community.  Schofield is serving his second term on the Yankeetown Town Council, is vice president of the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, is a member of Friends of the A. F. Knotts Library and a member of W.A.R. (Withlacoochee Area Residents).  

  • 40 years of food

    Levy County Schools Foodservice Director Candy Barber, left, is presented a plaque honoring her 40 years of service by Schools Superintendent Bob Hastings on Monday. The presentation was at a retirement party put on by food service personnel at Chiefland Elementary School.  Barber, who is president of the Florida School Nutrition Association, is retiring Jan. 4

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Dec. 15

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Dec. 9, Cynthia Krystal Brownfield, 26, Cross City, grand theft.
    n Dec. 11, Gerald David Browning, 31, Trenton, deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond $5,000.
    n Dec. 8, Ashley Nicole Coronado, 22, Bronson, petit theft. Bond $500.
    n Dec. 6, Howard Lee Dayton, 23, Morriston, two counts VOP.
    n Dec. 7, Jonathan Lee Figueroa, 25, Chiefland, grand theft. Bond $15,000.
    n Dec. 5, Sarah Suzette Fine, 24, Cedar Key, battery.