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Today's News

  • WHS boys reach Kingdom semifinal

    For the Williston team, coaches and fans, things were a little better Saturday night.

    After a struggling win against North Marion in the opening round of the Kingdom of the Sun basketball tournament, the Red Devils came out Saturday against host Vanguard with a vengeance, winning over the Knights, 52-35.

    Williston will play Monday at 7 p.m. in the tournament semifinals against Jacksonville Wolfson, which defeated Eastside, 60-55, coming back from a 17-point deficit.

  • Williston boys suffer first two losses

    OCALA - Williston's run through the Kingdom of the Sun boys basketball tournament ended Monday night as Jacksonville Wolfson downed the Devils, 60-49, in the semifinals.

    The Devils then played a tough Decatur (Ga.) Columbia team for third place, and were beaten again, 78-35.

    The losses wereWilliston's first two this season after 10 straight wins.

    Isaac Floyd was named to the all-tournament team.

    In Monday's contest, the game was a battle between third-ranked teams, Williston in Class 3A and Wolfson in Class 5A.

  • Upcoming events: listings

    Saturday, January 3

    * Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Catholic Church, Williston.

    * Friends of the Williston Library, Book Fair, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Center in the the City Hall Complex.

    Monday, January 5

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

  • Upcoming events briefs

    Toy giveaway

    was a success

    On Dec. 6, Tri-County Pregnancy Center held its third annual Christmas Toy Giveaway. This year’s Giveaway was a record breaker for the Center. Approximately 90 families and 208 children received gifts. The Tri-County Pregnancy Center would like to thank all the people in our community who helped make this year such as success.

    SHINE help

    is Jan. 7

    Do you have questions about Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare Billings?

  • Make 2009 a year of helping

    his week we’re concluding the “holidays,” as Christmas and New Year’s have slipped by and we are entering into 2009. The Christmas decorations are being taken down and schools and clubs are resuming their normal schedules.

    But this is a different year. We’ve heard nothing but gloom and doom predictions.

    There are ways, though, for people to cope, mainly by helping others. Read on:

    ‘Twas the week after Christmas

    And all through the town

    Decorations and trees

    Were all coming down.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    Heather M. Lowe, 18, of Northeast 135th Terrace, Williston, charged with Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams after being stopped for having illegal tint on her car window. The male in the car with her fled the scene after marijuana was allegedly found in his possession.

    Marcia Kay Burr, 50, of Northwest 7th Street, Williston, was arrested on an Alachua County warrant for failure to appear, larceny theft over $300.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has listed the following arrests:

    James Powell, 32, of Northeast 100th Street, Bronson, was charged with retail theft after he was allegedly caught trying to smuggle beer out of IGA in his pants.

    Christina L. Haven, 29, of Jacksonville, was charged with disorderly intoxication after she refused to stop screaming in the parking lot of the Dawg House Bar.

    DOMESTIC ARRESTS

  • Williston girls fall in opener of tournament

    By Steve Jarboe

    For the Pioneer

    The Williston Lady Red Devil Basketball team opened their first game in the Eastside Holiday Tournament short on players. They were four players short from the regular roster and played with just eight players dressed.

    The team also came up short, after playing three quarters of intense basketball against the Bradford Lady Tornadoes and lost the game 57-45.

  • 2008 was year of change in city and county

    As the nation underwent a year of major change with the election of a new president, Levy County and Williston also experienced some changes during 2008.

    Downtown took on a new look as the first block of Northwest Main Street disappeared and became a part of Williston Heritage Park, the new name for what was known as Linear Park. Included was a new parking lot for the City Hall area and an entrance to Walgreens.

  • Dry conditions cause concern

    The combination of recent hard freezes in North Central Florida along with an average drought index of 619 has created higher than normal risks for wildfires.

    The index is based on a scale from 0 to 800 with readings in the winter months over 540 considered severe. And hard freezes kill and dry-out grasses and other light vegetation that helps spread fire. Wildland fire officials are urging citizens to use caution.