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Today's News

  • Celebrate Florida Literacy “Month” by reading a good book

    “Naïve righteousness is a real turn off. Bible bigots give Western scripture a bad name.”

    Last week Florida celebrated Literacy Week. For those of you who missed the statewide promotion to remember to read, fear not. I, Warren Parkin a literate, am declaring February Florida Literacy Month. I know that February also marks national Black History Month. The two celebrations are not incompatible. In fact, they compliment each other. Thus, it is a good time to recommend some good books. 

  • To tax or not to tax: A Social Security question

    When it comes to Social Security benefits, you may be wondering who must pay taxes on them and who does not. Let’s look at the numbers.

  • Denise Arlene Kurth

    Denise Arlene Kurth, 54, died after a brave battle with cancer Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at the West Marion Community Hospital.

    She was born in Waukesha, Wis. to Arthur and Geraldine Maass. She lived in Greenfield, Wic. until moving to Williston in 1978.

    She was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. She worked as a homemaker as well as being her husband’s right hand in the family business, Kurth Electric.

  • Community Happenings

    Friday, Feb. 12

    St John the Evangelist Church in Williston will hold a Southern Fish Fry Feb. 12 from 5-7 p.m . a the church on Hwy. 27, Chiefland.

    Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children under 7 years old and are available at the door.

    The mean consists of fish, french fries, cole slaw, hush puppies, grits, baked beans, dessert, coffee and tea.

    Sunday, Feb. 14

    Genealogy and History Society

    The Levy County Genealogy and History Society will meet Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Levy County Quilt Museum.

  • Red Devils take first game in district tourney

    The 2-23 Williston Red Devil Boys Basketball team opened up the District playoffs on Tuesday night at Santa Fe, playing from the fifth seed position.

    The Red Devils wasted little time as they jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead on their way to a 91-54 scalping of the Ft. White Indians.

    “I would like to think our team is playing with a sense of urgency,” said Red Devil Head Coach Steve Faulkner following the game.

  • FOL hosts story in time for Valentine's Day

    Gita Poldema Barker shares her love story in the wake of WWII with the Friends of the Williston Library Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The story of her life, love, loss and new beginning has been told in a book The Long Walk Home.

  • Bats on Fire Golf Tourney is Feb. 6

    Williston High School baseball team will sponsor the Second Annual Bats on Fire Golf Tournament Saturday, Feb. 6 ay Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

    The tournament is a three-man scamble and is $45 per person or $135 per team; lunch is included.

    If you are interested in participating or want to sponsor a hole for $75, call Molly White at 558-4286.

  • Sheriff changes punishment for deputy who tased pet dog

    Sheriff Johnny Smith ignored the advice of two internal disciplinary boards and reduced the punishment  recommended for a deputy who admitted he used his Taser on a pet on several occasions.

    Deputy Charles Johnson Jr., the son of the department's No. 2 in command — Col. Mike Johnson, will not serve the three-day unpaid suspension, but instead get a written reprimand for tasing his German shepherd Kaiser.

  • Ineligible player voids Red Devils winning seasons

    An academically ineligible player has caused Williston High School to forfeit its winning football and basketball seasons.

    “We simply made a mistake that left one of our students academically ineligible, who played for the football team this season and the basketball team this year, up to Friday, Jan. 29,” said Williston Principal John Lott, accepting full responsibility for the egregious error.

  • 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.