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Today's News

  • Rotarians told that we're all responsible for safe water

    Take a gallon of water, remove one tablespoon and you have the representation of potable water worldwide.

    That was the opening analogy Tuesday when Charlie Smith gave a brief presentation to Williston Rotarians on how Rotary is helping preserve and protect water from Africa to Guatemala to Chiefland.

    Smith, a member of both Chiefland and Trenton Rotary Clubs, is also one of the clubs’ spokesman on the Tri-County Springs Promise geared at clean water awareness.

  • Reward offered in 2007 double homicide

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved in a 2007 homicide in Fanning Springs.

    On Dec. 21, 2007 at 9:19 p.m., the Levy County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 9210 NW 178 Lane. The caller stated that a vehicle crashed in the McDougal Mobile Home Park and the vehicle was on fire.

  • Sentences handed down

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information was taken from public records.

    Berryhill, Racheal, 21, Northeast 131st Terrace, Bronson, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, 18 months probation.

    Blair, Debra Ann, 50, Park Street, Inglis, possession of controlled substance with a prescription and larceny/petit between $100 and $300, nolle pros.

  • Four WHS baseballers named to All-State teams

    Chiefland, Bronson, Trenton and Williston baseball were represented in All-State teams chosen by Florida sportswriters and compiled by TBO.com. Below are lists for 3A and 2A All-State honorees.

    Class 3A all-state baseball team

    Second team

    Utility

    Derek Milan, senior, Williston

    Third team

    Outfield

    Damon Ming, senior, Williston

    Honorable Mention

    Catcher

    Chris Morrow, senior, Williston

    Infield

    Adam Burton, junior, Chiefland

    Outfield

    Dane Cothran, senior, Chiefland

  • Lady Red Devils earn places on All-State teams

    Players from Chiefland and Williston were recently selected to the 2009 All-Area team. Players were selected via ballots submitted by active softball coaches around the region.

    Class 3A-6A First team

    C - Taylore Fuller, Chiefland, Fr.- .717 BA, 1,340 slugging pctg, 32 runs, 21 RBIs, 14 2Bs, 5 3Bs

    INF - Crissy Rawls, Williston, Soph.- .418 BA, 33 hits, 3 2Bs, 3 3Bs

    Class 3A-6A Second team

    P - Tori Stamper, Williston, Soph.- 11-8, 2.67 ERA, 92 Ks

    C - Dayna Hunn, Williston, Soph.- .415 BA, 34 hits, 30 RBIs, 5 2Bs, 4 3Bs

  • Garbage fees raise big stink with school board

    An increase of 143 percent in the cost to collect garbage for Williston schools has the Levy County School Board steaming. At Tuesday’s meeting of the board, Superintendent Bob Hastings said the city of Williston had recently stopped providing its own waste pickup service and instead contracted with vendor Emerald Waste Services. In the process, the city had raised the cost to collect trash from Williston’s four school sites from $2,673 per month to $6,555 per month, coming to an annual cost of almost $79,000, an increase of about $46,000 more than last year.

  • Knights of Columbus serve community for more than a decade

    The men who serve in the Knights of Columbus take their work seriously. Not only do they strive to support their parish at Holy Family Catholic Church, but they stretch the arm of Christianity into the area to help others in need.

    Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Knights have been continuous fund-raisers and supporters for several charities, families and causes, according to Jamie Barley, one of the charter members.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    The swine flu is not coming–it’s already here. The question now is what will happen when our kids all get together when school opens Aug. 24. Will there be an explosion of new cases then, or later in the fall when the traditional flu spreads through society? A vaccine for the swine flu will not be ready until mid-October and right now that vaccine will take two shots given 21-28 days apart.

  • Who needs that much Drama?

    Drama is defined an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances. Most of us know that. But there are so many of us who live it. Drama. With a capital “D”.

    In any environment, whether it’s school, work, family or social, there’s always Drama. Most people keep it to themselves, handle it privately and we never know what is going on.

    But then there are those who over exaggerate everything and thrive on the crisis of the minute. You know them too.

  • Crime down in Williston

    Crime may be on the rise but not in Williston.

    For the fourth consecutive year, total index offenses (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) were down 29 percent in the first six months of 2009.

    The police department’s closure rate increased from 27 percent to 47 percent.

    “Having a fully staffed department has enabled us to maintain a superior response time–two minutes on average–and an excellent investigative effort,” said Chief Dan Davis, who has been with the city for 10 years.