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Today's News

  • Nuclear plant stalled

    The news came like a thunderclap.

    Progress Energy Florida announced on Friday, May 1 that it will be unable to start construction of the proposed $17 billion Levy County nuclear power plant for 20 months.

    But the company tempered that with an announcement that customers’ monthly power bills won’t be as large as expected in 2010.

    County officials are taking a positive look at the twin announcement saying it allows them to better plan for the arrival of the plant and the 3,700 construction and 800 permanent jobs that accompany it.

  • Upcoming events briefs

    Lions Club

    to meet tonight

    The Williston Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend its first meeting. A representative from the Lions Foundation will be at the Williston Club House with the intention to revive the Williston Club. There will be no pressure at this meeting to join. The club wants members of the community to know what the Lions Club is all about and introduce the great benefits. The Lions International and Lions Foundation of Florida have many programs that benefit any community were a club is active.

  • Local students receive monthly honors

    At Tuesday evening’s Williston City Council meeting, Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the council’s May Student of the Month awards.

    Hadley Etheridge, a first grader at Joyce Bullock Elementary School, is the daughter of Todd and Danielle Etheridge.

  • Remember mom on her big day

    The year was 1997. I remember clearly getting the phone call that my mother had died.

    It’s been a little more than 12 years, but I still miss her.

    I remember the last time I saw her. There was a look that passed between us that sent chills over me. As I drove away to another town where I was working, I had to fight back the tears. Somehow we both sensed that was the last time we would speak. And a week later, the call came.

  • Damaging a nice neighborhood

    Editor:

  • Williston Police reports

    The Williston Police Department announces the following arrests:

    Timothy Monroe, 41, of Dunnellon, was arrested on a Levy County warrant for fraud swindle under $20,000.

    Kenneth Lanarel Graham, 31, of Northeast 41st Street, Williston, was charged with grand theft and burglary of a conveyance after he allegedly stole money from his uncle’s truck. He had gone to Gainesville and intended to take a bus to Delaware.

    Roberto Gorostieta Cambray, 43, of Ocala, was arrested with driving with no license after being stopped for going 31 mph in a 15 mph school zone.

  • Levy County Sheriff's reports

    Sandy M. McClung, 62, of Northeast 76th Place, Bronson, was charged with aggravated assault and animal cruelty after an incident outside her home. She allegedly shot at a dog the victim was walking and then threatened to shoot the victim. A gun which proved to be a BB gun was recovered. Total bond $7,500.

    Banyon Elisha Smith, 32, of Northwest 93rd Street, Chiefland, was charged with two counts of grand theft after he allegedly stole a riding lawn mower, washer and dryer. According to police he stole the items to pay for his drug habit. Total bond $10,000.

  • Levy writing scores good, flu not bad

    Results are in for FCAT writing tests, and the news is good. For the most part, county schools in all three grade levels performed near or above the state mean score for the test.

  • 'Ugly' railings get City Council approval

    At its Tuesday evening meeting, Williston’s City Council heard two requests from Dr. Ken Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency. The items under consideration had been discussed at some length by the CRA in its own meetings.

  • Milam strikes out 11 in district title game

    It was Williston and P.K. Yonge playing April 30, for the district championship.

    The game was highlighted by Red Devil pitcher Derick Milam pitching a strong game and a Red Devil seventh inning come-from-behind win, 3-2.

    The Red Devils took an early 1-0 lead as Max White slammed a one-out triple just short of the 450-foot fence. White scored two pitches later as the ball got away from the Blue Wave catcher.

    In the second, third, and fourth innings the Blue Wave left base runners stranded as Milam would get in trouble then strike out hitters to end the innings.