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Today's News

  • Lady Red Devils advance to district championship

    The Williston Lady Red Devils took their number one seed and had to wait three days to play. They were matched against the Santa Fe Lady Raiders on Thursday night at the Santa Fe Gym.

    It took the Lady Devils about 3 minutes to kick the rust off their playing and shooting as they missed their first 14 shots even after forcing 4 turnovers by the Lady Raiders.

    The Lady Devil defense held up and they never trailed in the game on their way to a 58-42 win.

  • From watermelon fields to the lights of LA, Jim Pitt has never forgotten home

    It’s been almost 30 years since Pat Wilson graduated from Williston High School, but the boy who became the man Jim Pitt has never forgotten the town, community, school and friends that helped shape his character.

    Pitt, an actor who plays a space shuttle captain in James Cameron’s Avatar that opens Friday, dropped in last week to catch up with old friends and remind people he is still the person they knew.

  • Baseball team ready for the diamond

    Jim Smith may coach the high school baseball team but Tuesday he told Williston Rotary members a thing or two about football.

    Smith, in his 14th year at Williston High School, said first year football coach Derek Chipoletti had accepted the head football coach position at Starke (Bradford) High School.

    The school had to act fast and Jamie Baker, former Red Devil coach for five years was amenable to returning to the football field.

  • Cedar Key is state’s best rural community

    The USDA has named the City of Cedar Key as Florida’s Rural Community of the Year for 2009.

    Located on the Gulf Coast of Levy County, Cedar Key’s belief in partnering to protect the community’s history, environment and working people piqued the interest of UDSA Rural Development, and led to the award that will be officially presented the community next week.

  • Public works director retiring after 36 years

    On Feb. 11, the city of Williston will lose one of its most valuable and respected employees.

    James Arrington, longtime director of public works for the city, will retire on that day, to the dismay of many of his “crew,” those people who keep the city running, in good times and bad.

  • No vote this year on county judge

    Levy County voters will not get to vote this year on two of Gov. Charlie Crist’s judicial appointments.

    That is because Article V, Section 11 (b) of the Florida State Constitution says appointees to vacancies will not have to stand for election for at least one year after their appointment.

  • Chiefland lobbies for veterans' parade

    Veterans and residents of Levy County will once again have a Veterans Day Parade if one Chiefland official gets his way.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, spurred on by the absence of a parade last year, said he’s already spoken to representatives from the cities of Inglis and Bronson about the possibility of forming a committee, composed of representatives from each city in Levy County, to organize the event.

    Bronson and Inglis “whole heartedly agreed,” he said in a Monday morning interview.

  • AARP lobbies for you

    Floridians served by Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy can breathe a sigh of relief. Regulators clearly understood the tough realities of balancing a family budget, during this time of severe economic distress for many Floridians and rejected increase proposals by the state’s two largest utility providers.

  • Community Happenings

    Sunday, Jan. 31

     Woman’s Club Luncheon

    The Williston Woman’s Club is holding a Soup/Chili Dinner Sunday, Jan. 31 at the clubhouse located on Highway 121 North. A variety of homemade soups and chili, plus salad and cornbread as well as an assortment of homemade desserts will be on the menu. 

    Cost for the meal is $7.50 for adults, $5 for those under 10 and no cost for children under three.

      The doors will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit club projects.

  • Red Devils run hot, scorch Indians’ feathers

    Monday was a bad night for the Chiefland Indians, as they traveled to the Williston gym and ran into a hot shooting Red Devil team.

    The Red Devils knocked down five 3-point baskets in a runaway first quarter that saw the score bloom to 29-8 as the quarter ended.

    In the second quarter, the Red Devils added another two 3-point basket on their way to a 49-18 half time lead over the Indians.

    The hot hands belonged to James Monroe with 3, Paul King with 3 and Kelsey Coleman with 1 3-point baskets.