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Today's News

  • Community Happenings

    Friday, Feb. 12

    St John the Evangelist Church in Williston will hold a Southern Fish Fry Feb. 12 from 5-7 p.m . a the church on Hwy. 27, Chiefland.

    Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 7 years old and are available at the door.

    The mean consists of fish, french fries, cole slaw, hush puppies, grits, baked beans, dessert, coffee and tea.

    Sunday, Feb. 14

    Genealogy and History Society

    The Levy County Genealogy and History Society will meet Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Levy County Quilt Museum.

  • Red Devils take first game in district tourney

    The 2-23 Williston Red Devil Boys Basketball team opened up the District playoffs on Tuesday night at Santa Fe, playing from the fifth seed position.

    The Red Devils wasted little time as they jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead on their way to a 91-54 scalping of the Ft. White Indians.

    “I would like to think our team is playing with a sense of urgency,” said Red Devil Head Coach Steve Faulkner following the game.

  • FOL hosts story in time for Valentine's Day

    Gita Poldema Barker shares her love story in the wake of WWII with the Friends of the Williston Library Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The story of her life, love, loss and new beginning has been told in a book The Long Walk Home.

  • Bats on Fire Golf Tourney is Feb. 6

    Williston High School baseball team will sponsor the Second Annual Bats on Fire Golf Tournament Saturday, Feb. 6 ay Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

    The tournament is a three-man scamble and is $45 per person or $135 per team; lunch is included.

    If you are interested in participating or want to sponsor a hole for $75, call Molly White at 558-4286.

  • Sheriff changes punishment for deputy who tased pet dog

    Sheriff Johnny Smith ignored the advice of two internal disciplinary boards and reduced the punishment  recommended for a deputy who admitted he used his Taser on a pet on several occasions.

    Deputy Charles Johnson Jr., the son of the department's No. 2 in command — Col. Mike Johnson, will not serve the three-day unpaid suspension, but instead get a written reprimand for tasing his German shepherd Kaiser.

  • Ineligible player voids Red Devils winning seasons

    An academically ineligible player has caused Williston High School to forfeit its winning football and basketball seasons.

    “We simply made a mistake that left one of our students academically ineligible, who played for the football team this season and the basketball team this year, up to Friday, Jan. 29,” said Williston Principal John Lott, accepting full responsibility for the egregious error.

  • Exotic animal exception fails Round 1

    After more than four hours of testimony from sides supporting and opposing an exotic animal sanctuary in Morriston, the Levy County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the special exception application.

    Between 60-70 people filled the courtroom Monday night to listen to Dr. Suzanne Billiar, an exotic animal owner and veterinarian, ask for a special exception to home more than 45 animals on a 3.5 acre tract of land that is zoned AR–agricultural/residential.

  • Berny Serrano loses appeals

    Convicted murdered Berny Serrano’s appeals of his conviction in the execution style death of Jacob Langworthy are at an end.

    Serrano, who was challenging the use of a confession he gave to investigators the day after Langworthy was murdered during a home invasion and robbery by five teens, lost his bids at the 1st District Court of Appeal last summer and at the Florida Supreme Court on Jan. 4, almost 5 years to the day he murdered Jacob Langworthy 18.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, Feb. 6

    Williston FOLee^Book Sale

    The next “Friends” Book Fair will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m in the Williston City Hall Community Center.

    Volunteers are asked to help begin sorting books Thursday night at 6 p.m. and continue Friday morning at 9 a.m.

    Helpers are also needed for the sale itself on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call Mary Mcdaniell, 528-5972 if you can help at any of the times above.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    Michael Dudley Dickson, 52 and Steven Lewis, 50, both of Alachua were arrested Jan. 26 and charged with grand theft when they allegedly removed a roll of high wire electric line from Hwy. 121 and then concocted a story that they purchased the wire, complete with a receipt from a person who does not exist. Bond for Dickson was $6,000 and Lewis was $11,000.

    Victor Angel Rueros, 40, of Williston was charged Jan. 24 with failure to appear (FTA) no driver’s license. Bond was $2,500.