Today's News

  • Girls win softball opener

    When you're a leading scorer and rebounder on your high school's girls basketball team, and you're only two days away from a key regional game, how do you spend your time?

    If you're Margaret "Nana" Brown of Williston, you help your team to a 5-2 season-opening softball win.

    The senior all-state centerfielder drove in four runs with a single and an inside-the-park home run, and made a catch in deep left-center to help put down a Keystone Heights rally in the sixth inning.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The following people were arrested recently by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    * Elizabeth Robertson, 36, of Florida City was arrested Jan. 30 for three counts of possession of cocaine, three counts of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and violation of probation. No bond.

    * Jeffrey Phillip Light, 31, of Archer was arrested Jan. 31 for two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a specific minor. Bond $50,000.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Department announced the following arrests:

    * Tiffany Katara Sams, 27, of Northeast Ninth Street, Williston, was arrested on an Alachua County warrant for insufficient funds, check under $150.

    * Brittany P. Roberts, 20, of Williston Arms Drive, was arrested on an Alachua County warrant for violation of probation, fraud.

  • Convicted felons

    The following people were convicted of felonies in Levy County in January, according to court records.

    * Belinda Chavez Barraza, 21, of Chiefland, sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine.

    * Cynthia Glover Brown, 50, of Trenton, possession of cocaine.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    If you plan on traveling away to visit love ones please keep these tips in mind. Following a few simple crime prevention tips can help reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

  • The Devil, you say? Why not?

    Listen, carefully. I'm a member of the Audubon Society. I believe in the protection of birds. That's why I'm deeply offended by the nickname, Bronson Eagles. I demand that it be changed.

    Sound absurd? Of course it does. And I'm not really in the Audubon Society, although I did have a couple of parakeets when I was growing up.

    Worrying about school nicknames is, to me, a waste of time. There are far more important things to be concerned about.

  • Red Light photo plan advances

    There will be no charge for investigation of traffic accidents within the City of Williston, but those who run red lights may be photographed and issued citations.

    Those were the decisions of the city council at Tuesday evening's meeting.

    Ordinance 570, which would have levied a $175 charge on those involved in accidents, was repealed. The repeal was the result of the passage of Ordinance 576, for which council voted 3-2, with council president Debra Jones and councilman Cal Byrd dissenting.

  • Plat near 335 denied

    Just as the Levy County Planning Board voted 3-2 to recommend denial of the preliminary plat of Golden Oaks Manor, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to deny it on Feb. 5.

    If it is approved in the future, Golden Oaks Manor will be a 15-acre subdivision with 10 lots ranging between 1.6 and 1.9 acres, Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt said.

    The developer wanted to use an easement to serve two of the 10 lots, rather than creating a road.

  • Superintendent's Gala held

    The music provided by the Chiefland High jazz band was light and airy as more than 200 people filed into the Williston Middle School's sparkling Cafetorium last Saturday night.

    The vegetable, cheese and fruit spread complemented by a punch fountain drew folks together to mingle before the main event - the 2008 Superintendent's Gala.

    The formal gathering was treated to a sit-down dinner catered by Williston High's culinary arts class.

  • Fair gets OK for 2008

    Acting president of the Levy County Fair Association Bob Levesque appeared before Williston City Council Tuesday to request an agreement to hold the fair at the airport again this year. He pointed out that more than 8,500 people had visited the fair in 2007, benefiting the city's economy.

    Levesque acknowledged that the event did not make a profit in its first year, but expects that the experience of last year will contribute to a more successful event in 2008.