Today's News

  • Fall at the Derby

    The racing silks were flying. The horses were bridled and ready. The guests were meandering over the grounds. It was a clear night Saturday as Black Prong Equestrian Center welcomed hundreds of Haven Hospice supporters to Fall at the Derby.

    The autumn event is one of two major fund-raisers hosted by Haven Hospice annually, but the emphasis is always on “fun” rather than “fund.”

  • Halloween Happenings

    Trail of Treats

    Trail of Treats in the city of Williston will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m.

    Corn Maze

    A seven-acre field maze is waiting for you to lose yourself in it this Saturday, Oct. 31 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    The operation of the maze, located on the Fant Ranch, is sponsored by Levy County 4-Hee^clubs.

    Admission is $6 for children 8 years old to adult. Children 7 and under are admited free. Concessions will be available. Participants are advised to wear outdoor clothing and comfortable shoes.

  • Declining enrollment will cost schools

    School Board of Levy County Superintendent Bob Hastings said on Tuesday that the school district’s full-time enrollment decreased from last year by an estimated 96 students, raising concerns about a major source of revenue for the district.

    Speaking at the school board’s meeting, Hastings said that the loss of students would directly impact the amount of fund received by the state. The district also lost about 150 students from the previous school year.

    The estimated revenue loss is expected to be $1.75 million.

  • Letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    Re: Letter to the editor

    Foolish Pleasure did not win the 100th Derby–Cannonade did and I should know.

    I took him to the post.

    Marline Berthault

    Hidden Hollow


  • Community Happenings

    Friday, Oct. 30

    FFA Barbecue

    Williston High School FFA Chapter will host a barbecue pork dinner Friday, Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. before the Red Devil homecoming football game.

    Tickets, which are $8, are available either pre-sale from an FFA member or at the dinner in the high school cafeteria.

    For more information,call 528-2153.

    Saturday, Oct. 31

    Woman’s Club Fashion Show/Luncheon

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff reports the following arrests:

    • Reginald Jones, 45, of Tallahassee was charged with dealing in stolen property. Bond was set at $10,000 bond.

    • Kevin D. James, 36, of Gainesville was arrested Oct. 20 and charged with Failure to Appear (FTA) sex offense violation/failure to notify of residential change. Bond was $5,000.

    • Adam Paul Wagner, 24, of Chiefland was charged Oct. 20 with larceny and burglary of a dwelling. Bond was $30,000.

  • Charges brought 18 months after high speed chase

    Eighteen months after he led deputies on a high speed chase, Stephen Michael Troy was charged in the incident.

    According to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Troy, 30, of NW 160 Ave., Williston, allegedly stole a vehicle March 20, 2008 and led deputies on a chase that sometimes reached speeds of 90-100 mph. Authorities say he refused to stop on SR 500 and Deputy Marshall Smith used stop sticks prior to Troy entering Chiefland.

    Troy mnanaged to evade the stop sticks and attempted to run over Smith, the sheriff’s office said.

  • Williston goes down in blaze to Trinity Catholic

    The Williston Red Devils spent last week with a bye week and they were 2-0 in district play and 5-1 overall just one point shy of being undefeated.

    The Friday night game at Ocala Trinity Catholic was not what the Red Devils were wanting to happen going back into action.

    The Trinity Catholic Celtics struck early as they completely dominated the first half of the game on their way to a 35-0 half time lead, en route to a 57-14 win over the Red Devils.

  • Patterson returns to hardwood after three-year absence

    Robert Patterson will be taking over the Williston Lady’s basketball program as head coach this season. Patterson previously coached the Lady Red Devils from 1986-2005 and had many successful seasons.

    “I remember my first year in 1986 when our team went 6-13. It did not feel good and I never had a losing season after that for 18years,” Patterson said.

  • Buccaneers pillage Bronson

    Bronson’s offense came alive in the second half, scoring 24 unanswered points last Friday night against Branford.

    It’s a shame the Eagles were already down 57-0 when the scoring started.

    Branford pummeled visiting Bronson 63-24, totaling 367 rushing yards as a team and hammering the Eagles’ defense early.

    The Buccaneers also capitalized early on Bronson’s mistakes, opening the scoring with a 65-yard punt return for a score by John Perry after the Eagles’ first drive stalled. A two-point conversion gave Branford a quick 8-0 lead.