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Today's News

  • It's time

    Just in case you have not heard, this is my final column as editor of the Chiefland Citizen and Cedar Key Beacon. I gave my notice in mid-November and have been telling people the good news since.

    I am out the door on Friday, Jan. 27. At 64 I am taking the opportunity to enjoy some of the things my present occupation does not allow. That would include:

    being home for and cooking dinner in the evening, going out of town without having to time it for when there are no assignments, and polishing my skills at herding cats.

    This is a short list.

  • Teams go 2-1 with district losses

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    Both Williston Middle High Varsity teams (boys and girls) had overall successful last weeks, but both couldn’t secure the most important win that they needed to tie for first place in the district. The teams went 2-1, with the boys losing to Hawthorne, and the girls suffering a defeat at the hands of Newberry.

  • Marijuana moratorium heads to public hearing

    A nine-month moratorium in Levy County on the opening of any medical marijuana dispensaries passed its first public hearing without comment on Tuesday and will have a second public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse.

  • Biker dies in Bronson accident

    A motorcyclist from Archer died shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in a collision with a van on U.S. Highway 27A in front of Weeks Marathon station in Bronson, according to a Florida Highway Patrol Report.

    Michael Blanton, 41, the biker, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver in the accident, Donna Cohoon, 60, of Bronson, sustained minor injury.

  • City tells residents noise problem is not its problem

    Dwayne Williams has appeared before the Williston City Council a half dozen times over the last few months asking for resolution to what he and his neighbors perceive as a noise problem near the drying sheds of Williston Peanuts in the east end of the city.

    Williams and many of his neighbors have alleged that during peanut season, the business creates so much noise that they cannot enjoy their lives – from socializing to sleeping.

    Last week, Williams made another appearance before the council, asking once again what the city planned to do.

  • Chapter 48 Revision
  • Fan Appreciation Night Jan. 13

    It’s Fan Appreciation Night Friday, Jan. 13 when the Williston Red Devils take on Newberry’s Panthers in Williston.

    Fans are encouraged to wear red.

    The JV boys tip off at 4:30 followed by the varsity girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.

    FREE special Red Devil T-Shirts to first 300 Williston fans (shirts may be limited during JV and Varsity Girls game to ensure shirts are available for Varsity Boys game)

  • New year brings good fortune to Red Devils

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    Apparently, the new year's resolution for both WMHS varsity basketball teams was to keep winning. The girls went 2-0 last week and the boys 3-0, with both teams beating Ft. White and Hilliard at home. Both wins were important district victories for the teams, as they are both now 7-1 in that category. The girls are in second behind the undefeated in district play Newberry Panthers, while the boys are in the same position behind the Hawthorne Hornets.

  • Semi collides with truck

    Zina Braddy, known for her infectious smile as a customer service representative at the Williston Winn Dixie, was seriously injured in an accident Jan. 4.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Braddy, 53, of Bronson was traveling east on U.S. 27A in the outside lane when a 1998 Peterbilt semi, driven by Richard Allen Bryan, 48, of Williston, made a right turn from 140th Court directly into the path of Braddy’s 2003 GMC Sierra.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Jan. 8, Dale John Anderson, 64, Fanning Springs, two counts BUI, refusal to submit to DUI test after license suspended, BUI. 

    • Jan. 7, Santos Juan Bautista, 26, Williston, no DL, touch or strike. Bond $12,500.

    • Jan. 4, Thomas Beal, 55, Fort Myers, burglary of  unoccupied dwelling, grand theft. Bond $40,000.