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Today's News

  • Whole lotta woofin'

    For one night, anyway, country fans at the Second Annual Bark-N-Purr charity concert reclaimed Florida roads as Nashville artist Craig Morgan wailed “International Harvester,” his hymn celebrating hardworking, road-hogging farm combine drivers.

  • Jones ends playoff hopes for Devils

    ORLANDO - The boys basketball season came to a disappointing end last Saturday for Williston as the Red Devils were beaten by Orlando Jones, 69-40, in the Class 3A, Region 2 semifinal.

    The win sent Jones to the state semifinals in Lakeland this week, where it was scheduled to play Marianna on Wednesday night. The Class 3A final is Friday.

  • Despite loss, future bright for WHS basketball

    One small step for Williston, one bigger one for the future.

    The Williston boys basketball team broke into new territory this past season, reaching the final eight in the Class 3A playoffs for the first time.

    Never mind that the Devils lost to Orlando Jones, on the road, in the regional final that could have sent them to the four-team state tournament in Lakeland. The progress made in the basketball program under coach David Vespignani over the past two years is almost mind-boggling.

  • FHSAA proposes limit on number of games

    The Florida High School Athletic Association is proposing some big changes in high school athletics for the next school year, cutting back on the number of regular season games allowed for each team in all sports except varsity football, and changing districts for sports other than football, whose new districts have previously been announced.

  • Devil baseball team tops Chiefland

    Coming off two games this past week, the Williston Red Devils were trying to give the Chiefland Indians a win. After dropping a one run 6-5 game to Trinity Catholic on Tuesday Feb. 24, the Red Devils opened their district season on Thursday Feb. 26. Caleb Mederas spread 7 strike outs over five innings as the Red Devils stopped the Newberry Panthers 11-1 in a five inning stoppage.

  • Archer woman dies after wreck on 121

    An Archer woman has died as the result of an accident on State Road 121 Tuesday south of Williston.

    According to the FHP report, Diane W. McGee, 50, was traveling north on 121 in a 1989 Chevrolet when a Mack truck driven by Leonard H. Burkhartsmeier, 67, of Ocala, attempted to pass her in a legal passing zone. But McGee apparently went to make a left turn and cut in front of the truck, initiating the collision.

    McGee was airlifted to Shands, where she died on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Sports calendar

    FRIDAY, MARCH 6

    High School Softball

    Williston at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Baseball

    Williston at Fort White, 7 p.m. (JV at 4:30)

    SATURDAY, MARCH 7

    High School Baseball

    Williston vs. Crescent City (at St. Johns River Community College in Palatka), 4 p.m.

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11

    High School Weightlifting

    Hawthorne at Williston, 3:30 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MARCH 12

    High School Softball

    Williston at Trinity Catholic, 6 p.m.

    Middle School Baseball

  • Williston loses to Jones

    ORLANDO -- Williston's run in the state boys basketball playoff ended Saturday night as Orlando Jones outshot and outrebounded the Red Devils on the way to a 69-40 win.

    The loss ends Williston's season at 22-9 while Jones heads to Lakeland for the Class 3A semifinals, where it will play Marianna Wednesday night.

    With Isaac Floyd saddled with three fouls and scoreless in the first half, the Devil offense also sputtered throughout the game.

    In addition, Jones shot 21-for-22 from the foul line.

  • Farmers market to open March 7

    Levy County Farmers' Market grand opening will be Saturday March 7. The market will be open early in the morning every Saturday at its location at Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. 6th Ave., in Williston (intersection of Southeast 4th Street and Southeast 6th Avenue).

    The farmers' market will offer organic produce, herbs, teas, baked goods, crafts-jewelry, candles, plants, herbs, honey and lots more.

  • Williston wins, reaches regional final

    It wasn’t the final hurdle for the Williston boys basketball team to clear, but it sure was a big one.

    Trailing with one minute to play, WHS scored the final seven points of the game and defeated P.K. Yonge, 55-50, at home Tuesday night in the Class 3A, Region 2 semifinal.

    The win sends the Devils on the road for the regional final. They will play at Orlando Jones Saturday night. Jones defeated Wildwood Tuesday, 61-53.