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Today's News

  • Veterans will be honored with Saturday parade

    Men and women from all walks of life representing every branch of military service will be the guests of honor Saturday, when the city of Williston hosts the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade.

    Step-off is at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. More than 35 units have pre-registered to participate in the parade down Noble Avenue including floats, motorcycles and horse and buggies.

    Following the parade, everyone is encouraged to come to the Heritage Park Pavilion where Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat's annual Veterans Day Program will take place.

  • Disappointed for our heroes

    Perhaps not since 9/11 has our call to patriotism been louder than it is now in the troubling times we live.

    From taking knees to honoring families of those killed in action, daily we're reminded of what sacrifice and patriotism mean.

    For three weeks, this newspaper promoted a free service to honor our nation's veterans. All anyone had to do was submit a photo and a few words about the veteran for them to be showcased in this edition.

    Sadly, few of you took the opportunity.

  • What's in a name?

    The editor of my first newspaper had been an assistant editor for over 34 years by the time I entered her newsroom.

    Over the course of the four years I worked under her as a reporter, I learned many, many things about life in a small town weekly newspaper. Perhaps the most singlehanded important tidbit has proven tried and true for almost 30 years: don’t get the name wrong.

    “People will forgive you for errors,” she told me, “but it’s hard for them to forgive you when you mess up their name.”

  • Happenings

    November

    TDC Meeting

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council (TDC) will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at 620 N Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

    CEE Luncheon

    Citizens for an Engaged Electorate will host their monthly Open Discussion Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Melanie's Restaurant, 112 E. Noble in Williston. Join any discussion going on within the group or start one of your own. No topic is off-limits, so long as the discussion is kept respectful.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Oct. 23, Stephanie Marie Abold, 37, Gainesville, FTA. Bond $250.

    • Oct. 28, Paul Lavelle Alexander, 39, Crystal River, DWLS, assault with a deadly weapon w/o intent to kill, possession of cocaine, possession not more than 20 grams. Bond $45,000.

    • Oct. 29, Mark Matthew Alibozek, 37, Morriston, DUI and damage to property. Bond $5,000.

    • Oct. 23, John Ameer Craig, 43, Williston, out of county warrant. Bond $449.

  • Much ado about sleep

    When I tell you I don’t sleep, I am not bragging. Nor am I complaining. I’m just stating a fact. And perhaps looking for some sympathy or justification on why I look so bad.

    I once was a sleeper.

    Decades ago, I could sleep until noon or later any given day of the week. Of course, that was when I really was a night owl and wasn’t getting into bed until the wee hours of the morning.

    That’s all changed now. I can go to sleep at 3 a.m. and in two to three hours, I am wide-eyed and ready to start my day.

  • Explorers are back

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is restarting its Law Enforcement Explorer Program.

    The Explorer program was established in the 1960s as a way to attract young motivated individuals with an interest for a career in Law Enforcement, Corrections or Telecommunications/Dispatch. Through Sheriffs’ Explorer Association programs, young adults ages 14 to 21 can be associated with a Sheriff’s Office, train and learn about the profession to determine if it’s the right career track for them.

  • Bad News Bears

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

     Last Friday, the Williston Red Devil Varsity football team took on the Dixie County Bears at Booster Stadium. The end result was not pretty however, as the Bears took home a 49-9 win in what was a dominant performance by the visiting team. The Devils have nothing to be ashamed about; the Bears have been doing this all year and will go into the state playoffs undefeated at 10-0.

  • Lady Red Devils advance to regional finals

    By Dylan Robertson

    Contributing Writer

    The Williston Varsity Volleyball team went for the kill last week in the semifinals against Fort Meade. The Red Devils hosted the game against the Miners, winning the first three matches and leading the Red Devils to take on the Trenton Tigers in this week’s Volleyball State Championships, in the Regional Finals.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Oct. 16, David Ryan Bair, 30, Trenton, VOP.

    • Oct. 18, Devin Lamor Bennett, 29, Archer, fleeing, DWLS.

    • Oct. 20, Chuck Emerson Best, Old Town, FTA, VOP.

    • Oct. 16, Leondre Marquis Boykin Jr., 21, Wimauma, possession of marijuana over 20 grams. Bond $10,000.

    • Oct. 16, Cody Brunner, 25, Inglis, grand theft of motor vehicle. ROR.