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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Guest Column

    Corporations and foreign interests now have more to say in our elections than you or I, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court. Two weeks ago, the Court broadened the status of corporate personhood with its 5 to 4 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Corporate personhood is the doctrine that corporations are considered to be individual persons in the eyes of the law. Any corporation, thanks to this incredibly obtuse interpretation of the intent of the U.S.

  • The season that almost was perfect

    It was a close game with the out come going down to the wire. Two free throws by sophomore Deterion Ross, and a lay up, followed by two free throws by senior Isaac Floyd, and a lay up by junior Jacques Edwards in the final 47.8 seconds lifted the Red Devils to a 64-60 win over the Santa Fe Raiders. Ross had 4 points in the game all coming in the last 2 minutes of play.

    It was a jammed packed full house that rose to their feet for the last minute of play with every fan from both sides yelling support for their team.

  • Two Williston seniors bound for college football
  • Lady Red Devils advance to district championship

    The Williston Lady Red Devils took their number one seed and had to wait three days to play. They were matched against the Santa Fe Lady Raiders on Thursday night at the Santa Fe Gym.

    It took the Lady Devils about 3 minutes to kick the rust off their playing and shooting as they missed their first 14 shots even after forcing 4 turnovers by the Lady Raiders.

    The Lady Devil defense held up and they never trailed in the game on their way to a 58-42 win.

  • From watermelon fields to the lights of LA, Jim Pitt has never forgotten home

    It’s been almost 30 years since Pat Wilson graduated from Williston High School, but the boy who became the man Jim Pitt has never forgotten the town, community, school and friends that helped shape his character.

    Pitt, an actor who plays a space shuttle captain in James Cameron’s Avatar that opens Friday, dropped in last week to catch up with old friends and remind people he is still the person they knew.

  • Baseball team ready for the diamond

    Jim Smith may coach the high school baseball team but Tuesday he told Williston Rotary members a thing or two about football.

    Smith, in his 14th year at Williston High School, said first year football coach Derek Chipoletti had accepted the head football coach position at Starke (Bradford) High School.

    The school had to act fast and Jamie Baker, former Red Devil coach for five years was amenable to returning to the football field.