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Today's News

  • Letter carriers deliver . . . food

    Even in difficult times, the people of Williston and the surrounding area banded together to help out the less fortunate.

    Last Saturday, letter carriers collected more than 9,100 pounds of food during their annual food drive.

    Williston Postmaster Patty Lisotto expressed her appreciatin to everyone who participated, including her carriers, volunteers and members of the Red Devil football team who helped load and unload the food.

  • Williston wins district baseball title

    Trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, Williston got three hits to rally for a 3-2 win over P.K. Yonge Thursday night to win the district baseball title.

    The Devils got a single from Cody McLeod followed by a game-tying double from Max White. Damon Ming then got a hit to drive in the winning run.

    Derick Milam pitched the complete game for the victory.

    The win means the Williston seniors concluded their four-year home careers without having ever lost a game to a district rival.

  • Softball team loses in regionals

    Starting two freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and one senior, after lineup changes in each of the postseason games, the Williston Lady Red Devils fell to the Keystone Heights Lady Indians 10-0 in six innings Friday, May 1.

    The Indians were patient through the first two scoreless innings at the plate, and their defense continued to play well. Pitcher Jessica Knight extended her current shutout streak to 26 innings.

    The Red Devils had several chances to score in the first three innings but stranded two base runners in each inning.

  • Planners back crowd, defeat mine proposal

    After a four-hour public hearing and testimony from more than 20 residents who live in Levy and Marion counties, the Levy County Planning Commission unanimously refused to recommend an application for a mining operation south of Williston.

    An audience of about 150 who gathered to oppose the special exception to allow the mining operation greeted the commission, in its first meeting for several months due to the economic downturn.

    But the crowd, which was noisy at times, cheered the commission’s decision and went away happy.

  • Nuclear plant stalled

    The news came like a thunderclap.

    Progress Energy Florida announced on Friday, May 1 that it will be unable to start construction of the proposed $17 billion Levy County nuclear power plant for 20 months.

    But the company tempered that with an announcement that customers’ monthly power bills won’t be as large as expected in 2010.

    County officials are taking a positive look at the twin announcement saying it allows them to better plan for the arrival of the plant and the 3,700 construction and 800 permanent jobs that accompany it.

  • Upcoming events briefs

    Lions Club

    to meet tonight

    The Williston Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend its first meeting. A representative from the Lions Foundation will be at the Williston Club House with the intention to revive the Williston Club. There will be no pressure at this meeting to join. The club wants members of the community to know what the Lions Club is all about and introduce the great benefits. The Lions International and Lions Foundation of Florida have many programs that benefit any community were a club is active.

  • Local students receive monthly honors

    At Tuesday evening’s Williston City Council meeting, Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the council’s May Student of the Month awards.

    Hadley Etheridge, a first grader at Joyce Bullock Elementary School, is the daughter of Todd and Danielle Etheridge.

  • Remember mom on her big day

    The year was 1997. I remember clearly getting the phone call that my mother had died.

    It’s been a little more than 12 years, but I still miss her.

    I remember the last time I saw her. There was a look that passed between us that sent chills over me. As I drove away to another town where I was working, I had to fight back the tears. Somehow we both sensed that was the last time we would speak. And a week later, the call came.

  • Damaging a nice neighborhood

    Editor:

  • Williston Police reports

    The Williston Police Department announces the following arrests:

    Timothy Monroe, 41, of Dunnellon, was arrested on a Levy County warrant for fraud swindle under $20,000.

    Kenneth Lanarel Graham, 31, of Northeast 41st Street, Williston, was charged with grand theft and burglary of a conveyance after he allegedly stole money from his uncle’s truck. He had gone to Gainesville and intended to take a bus to Delaware.

    Roberto Gorostieta Cambray, 43, of Ocala, was arrested with driving with no license after being stopped for going 31 mph in a 15 mph school zone.