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Today's News

  • Unemployment drops again

    STAFF REPORT

    The number of people without a job took a drop in Levy County in October to 12.5 percent, down from 13.1 percent in September – making it the second month in a row that unemployment dropped in Levy County. 

    But it is 0.1 percent above the unemployment rate in October 2009 when it stood at 12.4 At that time the county had 16,652 people available for work and 2,059 were without jobs.

    Last month, the county had 16,540 people in the workforce and 2,063 were not employed.

    So the question is why?

  • Felon kidnaps baby and is tased from a tree

    A car that was stolen from West Highway 40 near 60th Avenue with a 9-month-old boy inside was recovered in Williston later that day, Friday, Nov. 19, and a suspect was arrested.
    At about 12:30 a.m. the Marion County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle stolen from the Chevron station at 5895 W. State Road 40. The vehicle’s owner, Damian Wells, had gone inside the station, leaving his 9-month-old son in the vehicle’s back seat. The vehicle was last seen headed toward U.S. 27, and the Williston Police Department was notified.

  • Grant to fund city water line loop, extension

    Water lines equal a better economy.
    That’s what the city of Williston is banking on and last week, city council members learned that the city has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $650,000 to extend and loop the existing water system.
    When in place, the enhanced water system could help lure business and industry to town, giving the city the boost in the arm it needs.

  • Champion of the underdogs

    By Ada Lang

  • JIWAN JAMES

    When many little boys tie up the plastic cleats for T-ball and proclaim that they want to be professional baseball players when they grow up, Williston’s Jiwan James knew it was something more than just words he would say–one day he would live it.
    In 2007, James did just that when, fresh out of high school, he was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies in the  22nd round.

  • Roster-light Red Devils drop second game at PK

    With the full roster of players still not reporting to the Red Devil basketball team, the team is struggling on the boards.
    At times in the contest at PK Yonge on Friday night Nov. 19, the Red Devils had five players well under six foot tall on the floor in their 71-56 loss to the Blue Wave.
    The entire night, despite three-point baskets by Paul King, Jacques Edwards, and James Monroe, it was one shot a trip down the floor for the Red Devils.

  • Rebounding will be key to winning season

    After leading a very talented 2009-2010 Red Devil basketball team to the State Final Four in his first season as the Head Coach of the Williston Red Devils, Steve Faulkner is again ready to take the helm of the 2010-2011 Red Devils.
    Gone are the likes of Deonte Welch, Isaac Floyd, and Kelsey Coleman who played a big role in the Red Devils attack last season.
    “These were three quality players and each had leadership qualities that is hard to replace,” said Faulkner.

  • Red Devils fall in Gainesville Classic

    It was a run and gun, basket trading, wide open game between 5A defending State Champion Gainesville High School and the 3A Williston Red Devils coming off a trip to the Final Four last season.
    With several Gainesville players still on the football team going to the playoffs against Tarpon Springs, and four Williston players playing in a football Bowl Game at West Nassau one would not expect both teams to score in the 80s. But that is just what happened on Thursday night, Nov. 18, at the Gainesville Gym when the Hurricanes won 88-83.

  • Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Anastasia Jane Blaschka, 44, Archer, arrested Nov. 19, Violation of Probation (VOP) possession of paraphernalia. Bond $535.
    • David Charles Bliss Jr., 26, Bronson, arrested Nov. 16, sale of controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, resisting arrest without violence. Bond $35,000.

  • Outreach Team coming to Williston Dec. 11

    The Levy County Community Outreach Team will be conducting two more in a series of monthly community outreach events focused on connecting citizens with local health, nutrition and other resources on Saturday, Dec. 11. The Team, which includes representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, has scheduled the events for the following locations and times:
     Casa de Restauracion Shalom Church, 239 South Main St., Williston from 9-11 a.m.