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Today's News

  • Upcoming events briefs

    New Abundant Life

    holds conference

    for women

    New Abundant Life, 131 N. Main St., Williston, will hold its annual Women’s Conference from Jan. 22, today, through Jan. 25.

    Tonight’s speaker at 7:30 p.m. will be Bobbie Smith.

    Baseball team

    holds golf event

    this Saturday

    The Williston High School baseball team is sponsoring the first ever “Bats on Fire” golf tournament on Saturday, Jan. 24, at Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 8.

  • City manager may add clerk duties

    An advertisement for a new position at city hall, that of Human Resource Director / Assistant City Clerk, may signal the beginnings of changes in the way Williston’s government is managed.

    At the council’s most recent meeting, the first one attended by new City Manager Marcus Collins, the subject of the retirement of City Clerk Barbara Henson was addressed.

  • CRA wants input from questionnaire

    At their first meeting of the year, members of the Community Redevelopment Association met new city manager Marcus Collins, who sat in on their deliberations, asking an occasional question and in general learning what that body does.

    Chair Dr. Ken Schwiebert read a letter he proposed sending to Bob Uhlar, who donated a great deal of his time installing new lighting in the pavilion in time for the Light Up Williston. Schwiebert said that the lighting “added significantly to the ambience of the celebration.”

  • Was it too cold for politicians?

    With all the news this week, who knows where to start?

    Obviously, the big story is the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Suffice to say, though, that the honeymoon will soon be over, and he’ll find himself facing the same problems and decisions as most of his predecessors. So we just have to sit back and see how it goes.

    A group of local citizens arranged an outdoors inauguration-watching gathering on Tuesday. Several people showed up, but probably not as many as expected. The main reason was that the weather was very Washington, D.C.-like.

  • School uniforms

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  • Southern Auction to open Variety Store

    For those who live in Levy County and the surrounding area, the big red auction barn located just west of Williston on U.S. Highway 27A is a well known landmark in the area.

    Southern Auction Marketing is a modest local auction house that has strived to be a neighborhood friendly business.

    Every Monday evening the parking lot begins to fill, and the bidding starts at 6:30 p.m.

    One of the best-revered auctioneers in North Florida, Colonel Joel Kulcsar holds the gavel and with experience and knowledge of the merchandise, Joel becomes the star of the show.

  • Williston Police Reports

    A young man from Williston is on the “most wanted” list after bonding out last week following an arrest and also investigation into two separate incidents.

    Decoda Kadarrell King, 21, of Northeast 35th Street, was stopped by Officer James Tegart after not coming to a proper stop at a stop sign. He allegedly gave the officer a false name before his companion in the car told the police his real name. He was charged with driving with a suspended license and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. He bonded out on the same day.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office arrested the following persons. All are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is gathered from Sheriff’s Office press releases, arrest reports and court appearance orders.

    Paul F. Schott, 21, Nighthawk Terrace, Inglis, violation of probation on burglary. Bail is $10,000.

    James Steven Munden, 48, Northeast 87th Avenue, Bronson, violation of probation for battery. No bail.

    David Shane Clemons, 31, Southeast 5th Street, Williston, neglect of a child without great harm. Bail is $7,500.

  • Williston boys top Fort White, Newberry

    The Williston boys have clinched a bye in the district basketball tournament and still could take first place with the best overall record.

    The Red Devils clinched the bye with a 71-30 win over Fort White last Friday, the second time this season the team has beaten the Indians by 40 or more points.

    Jacques Edwards led the scoring with 15 points, Deonte Welch had 12, Tony James had 11 with nine rebounds and James Hunt scored nine on a 4-for-5 shooting night. Isaac Floyd had eight and Paul King scored 7.

  • Williston gets new district foes

    When next football season rolls around, people will see a lot of unfamiliar opponents when district competition starts.

    Williston has been placed in Class 2B, District 4, and there doesn’t appear to be anywhere for the Red Devils to go. Four years ago they appealed and moved up a class, but this time rivals such as North Marion are two classes up.

    The seven opponents for Williston are Interlachen, Keystone Heights, Mount Dora, Newberry, Trinity Catholic, The Villages and Umatilla.