Today's News

  • Middle school rallies to down Ft. White

    In one of the most exciting football games played at Booster Stadium in quite some time, the Williston Middle School Red Devils gave up an early 16-6 lead to the Fort White Middle School Indians.
    But the hardnosed Red Devils never quit, as they scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to down the Indians 36-34.
    When one speaks of the Middle School Indians, you have to recognize that Donald Robinson produced every point for the Indians for the game.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, Oct. 1

    Benefit Poker Run
    AMVETS Post 444 will host a Benefit Poker Run Saturday, Oct. 1 for Justin Fairbanks.
    Register at the post at 10 a.m. and kickstands go up at 11 a.m.
    The route includes stops at Sunray’s, Willards, McKenzie’s 4 Corners, AMVETS Post 422 Chiefland, AMVETS Post 88 Bronson and ends back at Post 444. Cost is $10 per hand at registration.
    There will be a 50/50 drawing and raffles throughout the day.

  • The newspaper myth

    National newspaper week, Oct. 2-8, is a time to celebrate the unique role newspapers play in our society and dispel the myth that they are going away.
    It may be difficult for some to see through the fog of recession and digital disruption, but if you look closely you’ll see that newspapers remain quite healthy.
    Despite the doomsayers, newspapers are actually growing readership as we find new ways to reach consumers.
    While overall revenues are down, so are expenses and most newspapers remain profitable.  

  • Of course newspapers are Number One

    Newspapers are the number one source of local news. That’s the theme of National Newspaper Week, October 2-8.Well, duh. Of course they are.
    Except for perhaps a few well-known papers that market themselves as national, every newspaper in the land considers local news its bread and butter. Consider all the newspapers in the country. Their combined news staffs dwarf those of any other medium.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 9-29-2011

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

    Sept. 25, Jerry Lee Allen, 29, Trenton, aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. Bond $40,000.

    Sept. 24, Francisco Penilla-Alvarez, 29, Williston, operating motor vehicle without a license. Bond $5,000.

    Sept. 23, Chastity Falia Anderson, 34, Williston, VOP.

    Sept. 25, Michael Arthur Chase, 20, Gainesville, battery.

    Sept. 25, Gary Mason Clark, 32, Chiefland, VOP.

  • Levy officer brings home bronze



    Hurricane Irene couldn’t stop Tom Martin from competing in the 2011 World Fire and Police Games in New York City.

    With Irene canceling flights up and down the East Coast late last month, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office corporal took matters into his own hands. When Martin finished his nightshift on Aug. 27, he jumped into a car with his wife, Sarah, and headed north.

  • Former Williston resident pens book

    Toni Collins isn’t shy about her beliefs, especially when it comes to history.

    “I’ve always been distressed that our young people are not learning about the history of this county,” she said Friday from the living room of her Chiefland home.

    Collins, who used to work for the county, was largely responsible for organizing the county’s historical archives and started the county’s historical board.

  • Williston Council rights the wrong

    Williston City Council jumped the gun in April when it made airport committee appointments, but took corrective steps last week to make the wrong right.

    Council Norm Fugate was first to broach the subject weeks ago, when he told the council and city attorney that he thought, according to the city charter, appointments were to be made after the election and the new council was in place.

    The airport committee members were appointed April 5, before the election.

  • Duncan McCallum dies at 68

    Duncan McCollum, who sat on the Levy County Planning and Zoning Board for more than 10 years, died Sunday after a bout with cancer.

    McCallum, 68, was a community-minded individual who worked diligently to enhance the place where he lived.

    In addition to his work with the Planning and Zoning Board, he was also active with his church, First Presbyterian Church in Williston and the Ornan Lodge.

  • Legislators get long work list

    Citizens and public officials gave the Levy County Legislative Delegation a long list of work it wants accomplished in the session that starts Jan. 10, 2012.

    Martha Lott, chief judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit which include Levy County, told the legislators on Monday afternoon in a hearing at the county courthouse that a drop in funding has almost forced a shut down — twice.