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Today's News

  • Upcoming events listings

    Saturday, May 2

    * Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family, 17353 N.E. 27A, Williston.

    * Friends of the Williston Library, Book Fair, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Center in the the City Hall Complex.

    Monday, May 4

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * Al-Anon, 7 p.m. Midway Plaza, 13451 N.E. Hwy 27 Alt.

  • Downtown designs discussed

    Williston’s Planning and Zoning Commission held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening and hosted members of the Community Redevelopment Agency to review the design guidelines for the downtown area of the city.

    In addition to discussions within the committee, the CRA had sent out a questionnaire to business owners within the city asking their opinion on architectural styles and design features that would enhance the area.

  • New rule could hurt athletes

    The Florida High School Athletic Association on Monday did what a lot of folks figured they would do, cut the number of games that a team may play during a season.

    Of course, varsity football was exempted.

    The vote was close, 9-6, by the FHSAA board, and the ruling was only for two years. That’s little consolation to this year’s sophomores and juniors who will have to live with this rule for their final two years of high school. They will be gone if the rule is repealed in two years.

  • Williston Police Reports

    Another chase through the streets of Williston came to a predictable end Saturday when a Tallahassee man was apprehended after his car skidded into the front lawn of a private residence.

    Otis G. Edwards, 36, was arrested after he twice struck a patrol car while trying to avoid being stopped because he had no tag displayed.

    According to the report by Officer Kevin Sheppard, he spotted the car coming into Williston at the east end on Noble Avenue. When he tried to stop the vehicle, the driver aggressively changed lanes and accelerated through the streets of the city.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Tyree L. Brown, 23, of Northeast 4th Avenue, Williston, was accused of sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of crack cocaine. He allegedly sold approximately 0.5 grams to a confidential source who was working under the direction of the Levy County Drug Task Force. According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office report, the drug transaction took place with 1,000 feet of Williston Middle School and was captured with an audio/video recording device.

    Bond was set at $35,000.

  • Girls win district title

    After dropping two regular season district games to P.K. Yonge, the Williston Red Devils stung the Blue Wave Thursday night April 23, with a big fourth inning, and held on to win the District Championship 8-7.

    The Red Devils took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off a Laurrin Howard leadoff walk, as Angie Wilcox slammed a two-out pitch off the center field fence for a double.

    The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Red Devils until the top of the fourth inning.

  • Man wanted for shooting turns himself in

    A Bronson man being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office — an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is know for drug dealing — turned himself in at the Levy County Jail at lunchtime on Thursday.

    Aaron Sysvester “Doughboy” Hope, of Boundary Street, Bronson, was arrested on warrants for attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault. His bond is $800,000.

    Earlier in the week officers recovered the vehicle he used to flee the scene of the shooting.

  • Suspect sought in Bronson shooting

    A Bronson man is being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office, an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is known for drug dealing.

    Aaron Sylvester “Doughboy” Hope, 28, of Boundary Street, Bronson, 6-feet tall, 180 to 210 pounds, stocky build, and possibly driving a tan 1988 Toyota 4-door with Florida tag M09-2DK, is being sought.

    He is wanted on one charge of attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault.

  • Levy budget to take $1.2 million hit

    BRONSON — Levy County’s assessed land value is expected to fall 7 percent in the coming year, meaning county government will take a $1.2 million hit in a budget that is already suffering from decreased revenues in the current year.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody told the commissioners that County Property Appraiser Oz Barker had informed his office that land values will be down by about 7 percent in the coming year.

  • Annual high school rodeo is this weekend

    If you notice a lot more horse trailers and campers on their way through Williston, just follow the high school rodeo families to Williston Horseman’s Association Arena. The Johnny Hodge Memorial High School Rodeo has two performances this year, Friday night and Saturday night, April 24 and 25 beginning at 7 p.m. The arena is 11⁄2 miles south of Williston on U.S. Hwy. 41, turn west on Wellbuilt Road.