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Today's News

  • Four from Williston named all-state

    Four Williston High School football players have been mentioned on the Class 3A All-State list announced Wednesday.

    Travis Evans was named to the first team, but with an unusual designation as he was listed as a utility player on defense.

    Damon Germany was listed as a second team offensive lineman.

    Jordan White was posted as a third team defensive lineman.

    Deonte Welch was listed as a third team defensive utility player.

  • Final football districts announced, again

    Remember that final version of district football assignments that came out from the Florida High School Athletic Association.

    Now there’s a “final” final version.

    Only one school changed that affected Levy County, but it affected both district contenders Williston and Chiefland.

    The Villages, previously listed as the smallest school in Class 2B and denied permission to move down, evidently got the FHSAA to change its mind.

  • Underground pot operation found

    An elaborate underground pot-growing operation that even had its own 100 kilowatt electrical generator has been put out of business and two persons arrested by the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • Chiropractor marks 24th year here

    Dr. Craig Henderson received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, graduating cum laude in 1978 from Palmer College of Chiropractic which is the largest Chiropractor College in America. Dr. Henderson first practiced in a small coal mining town in western Colorado before moving his practice to Williston, where he has been treating patients for the last 24 years.

    His Office is located at 510 B S.W. 5th Terrace, right behind Nature Coast Hospital.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A Williston woman has been charged with four counts of forgery after she allegedly wrote checks on her son’s bank account.

    Tina Marie Aldridge, 42, of Northeast 155th Terrace, Williston, was charged with writing checks for varying amounts and cashing them at a local convenience store.

    She reportedly told officials she needed the money for Christmas.

    Her total bond was $25,000. She was already on probation for grand theft, according to a report from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Other arrests reported:

  • Barker defends firing of Golding

    Newly minted Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says he fired a veteran employee on his first day in office because he did not have confidence or trust in her, but two leaders in the Tri-County NAACP said he told them God directed him to do it.

    And they think the reason is a little less divine - that Barker traded a promise to fire her in return for votes to help him win the office in the November election.

    Barker denies he fired Mary Golding to help him win the race, will not discuss why but he did seek legal counsel from an attorney specializing in labor issues.

  • Three file to run for council

    As of noon on Wednesday, Jan. 14, three candidates had qualified for the City Council elections to be held in early March.

    Steve Holcomb, the incumbent in Group A, has filed to retain his seat. Marc Nussel, who has been a member of the council since November, when he was appointed to fill the Group B seat vacated by Cal Byrd, has qualified to run for that position for a full two-year term. He previously served on the council for eight years during the 1990s.

  • Jones to face Robinson in city election

    Only one seat on the Williston City Council will be contested when the election is held in early March.

    City Council President Debra Jones is being challenged by former council member Jerry Robinson, who left the council last year in an unsuccessful bid for the County Commission.

    Council members Marc Nussel and Steve Holcomb drew no opposition and will automatically be re-elected.

  • Local residents gather to watch inauguration

    Tuesday Jan. 20, the country swore into office the 44th President of the United States in a tremendous pomp and circumstance celebration on the steps of the Capitol.

    You didn’t have to be in Washington DC to be caught up in the celebration as a group of concerned citizens held their own celebration at Millers Park on the east side of Williston at the corner of highways 331 and 318.

    The event went off with joy and jubilation, and all who attended were even treated to the cold and blustery Washington, D.C. weather.

  • Teacher 'three days off' plan rejected

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings’ plan to ask all school employees to take three days off without pay has been dismissed, he told the board Tuesday morning.

    Because of the state retirement system, teachers must have a contract of 196 workdays.

    The plan would have reduced it to 193 days, jeopardizing employees’ retirement eligibility.

    “It was deemed that it would not be appropriate and we couldn’t take that route,” Hastings said.