Today's News

  • WMS tops Lake Butler

    The Williston Middle School baseball team smothered Lake Butler, 17-7, in a mercy-rule five-inning game Monday.

    Max White and Bradley Jones each had a single and a triple, Justin Baker had two singles, and Trent Johnson and Justin Forsyth each had a single.

    Austin Etheridge pitched into the fourth inning and struck out six, while reliever Max White struck out four.

    The team travels to Bell today (Thursday) and visits Chiefland Friday, then returns home Monday to face Fort White, while entertaining Chiefland Tuesday.

  • Sports Calendar


    High School Softball

    Williston at Newberry, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Williston at Citrus, 4 p.m.

    FRIDAY, FEB. 29

    High School Baseball

    Williston at Newberry, 7 p.m. (JV at 4)

    High School Softball

    Gainesville at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)


    High School Baseball

    Dixie County at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 4)

    High School Softball

    Williston at Chiefland, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Citrus at Williston, 4 p.m.


  • Bronson hires new coach

    Bronson High's three-month long search for a new head football coach is over.

    Enter Al Cooksey, a 60-year-old who has coached the sport many years in parts north of Levy.

    Most recently, Cooksey coached at tiny Hilliard High north of Jacksonville. He was there one year at the Class 1A school, finishing 2-8 with a squad that started eight sophomores.

    "It was a unique situation," said Cooksey, who will teach physical education at BHS. "I replaced a coach who was ill, but he got better and wanted his job back. He had been there something like 27 years. I stepped aside."

  • Memorial unveiled

    The Williston High School softball program unveiled a memorial dedicated to Ann Williams Planas, a former player who died of cancer several years ago after refusing chemotherapy because of possible damage to her unborn child. The memorial is at the field near Williston Elementary School where the girls play their home games.

  • Williston man killed as roof falls

    A Williston man was killed Sunday when the roof of a mobile home collapsed on him.

    Espiridion "Pete" Zamora, 78, was working with relatives on dismantling an old mobile home in an area of northwest Marion County.

    He was outside while a pair of family members were inside. The house collapsed while the two men were working inside.

    They were able to escape, but the roof came apart on Zamora, who was killed.

    Marion County rescue officials reached the scene quickly but could not revive the victim. A sheriff's spokesman said the death was ruled accidental.

  • Williston Police reports

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    * James Edward O'Dell, 19, of Northeast 100th Lane, Archer, was charged with stealing two copper ring lugs, each valued at $2.98, from a local auto parts store.

    * Todd Brandon Norris, 24, of Trenton, was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation, driving while license suspended or revoked, out of Gilchrist County.

  • It's time to vote again

    Somewhere in the past, someone in Florida decided not to hold city elections on Election Day. So here we are, just a few weeks after the presidential primary election, ready to hold a city election next Tuesday.

    There are a couple of issues on the ballot. One has to do with economic growth, which would allow tax exemptions to entice businesses to move here.

    It's a necessary evil, given the competitive climate throughout the state of communities that want the jobs that go with new industry and/or business.

  • Will you marry me? gets things started at concert

    The cats and dogs of Levy County got a big boost Saturday as country chart-topper Chris Cagle headlined the Bark-N-Purr Benefit in Bronson. The event, a fund-raiser for the Humane Society of Levy County's planned spay, neuter and adoption facility, attracted more than 2,700 visitors, according to organizers.

    Cagle rocked the soccer field at Bronson Youth League as his stamping, chanting fans sang along to such hits as "What Kinda Gone" and "My Love Goes On and On and On" as well as a sleeper from the new album, "Change Me."

  • Library book sale to be held Saturday

    The Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold the March First Saturday Book Fair, March 1 at the Williston City Hall Community Center.

    The hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and, as always the best buys are for the early birds.

    The Book Fair is a major source of donations for "Friends", because the books themselves are donated, as are the donations that people give to take the books home. Suggested donations amounts will be displayed in the center during the fair.

  • City election to be held Tuesday

    In addition to choosing between Lindsey Hager and Brooks Holloway for City Council seat E in the March 4 election, citizens will vote on two referenda.