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Today's News

  • May Christmas still hold surprises

    Chris Festo’s recent column about his experiences at Toys ‘R’ Us brought back memories about Christmas when I was a child. It’s a very long time ago.

    Hearken back, those of you who can, to the early 1950’s. I was nine and my sister Kathy, five. (We were born on each side of WWII). On Dec. 23, Daddy’s birthday, he put up the tree (a real one) and the lights, and then we decorated it. Traditional tree balls, special ornaments, and tinsel, one strand at a time (I’ve always hated tinsel).

  • Community Happenings

    Thursday, Dec. 10

    Judge Smith Reception

    Judge Joseph E. Smith will be honored with a reception Thursday, Dec. 10 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Bronson Elementary School Cafeteria, Ishie Ave., Bronson.

    Remarks will be made at 5:30 p.m.

    Smith is retiring after more than 16 years on the bench.

    Friday, Dec. 11

    Light Up Williston Parade

    The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for this year’s Light Up Williston parade.

  • Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Officer reports the following arrested from Nov. 30-Dec. 4:

    Mary E. Davis, 23, of Dunnellon was arrested Dec. 4 and charged with Violation of Probation (VOP) battery, sex with victim between 12-15 years old. Bond was $10,000.

    Shawn J. Reinhart, 28, of Fanning Springs was charged with driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR) Dec. 4. He was released on his own recognizance.

    Charles Lenon Jenkins of Williston was arrested Dec. 4 on a writ of bodily attachment. Bond was $2,160.

  • Williston Police Department

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Patrick Hughey, 18, of NE 3rd Avenue, charged Nov. 23 with burglary and theft after he allegedly took a cash register.

    •Andrew John Bailey, 28, of Gainesville was charged with possession of cannabis, less than 20 grams and possession of prescription oils on Nov. 24.

    •Kenyatta Misada Haynes, 31, of NE 77th Avenue was arrested Nov. 21 and charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud.

    •Donald E. Stewart, 30, of NW 2nd Street was charged with domestic battery Nov. 25.

  • Red Devils take down Indians 72-48

    Chiefland High School’s boys basketball team faced a big test in its first game of the season last week against Williston.

    And despite Eugene Carter’s 29 points and the Indians’ strong second quarter performance, the Red Devils overwhelmed Chiefland, 72-48.

    Most coaches would see a season-opening loss as an early roadblock. But Chiefland coach Mike Beck saw the defeat as a good learning opportunity. Beck said they probably won’t face another team this season that can play inside as well as Williston.

  • Hornets sting the Eagles

    Three Hawthorne players scored in triple digits, and the Hornets’ boys basketball team dominated Bronson High School last Thursday night, 62-24.

    Hawthorne came out rolling to a 15-2 lead through the first quarter, led by Montell Bryant and Ed Ray.

    Ray led the Hornets with 25 points. Bryant added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Leamon Wilson finished with 12 points for Hawthorne.

    Facing such a large deficit early, the Eagles never came close. Hawthorne tacked on 40 more points over the next two quarters, compared to the Eagles’ 18.

  • City employees get Christmas bonuses

    City of Williston employees will receive Christmas bonuses this year and also have been granted an additional half day off for the holiday. City council voted on the measures at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

    Council president Debra Jones made the recommendation and said that she and city manager Marcus Collins thought it would be beneficial to move the traditional Christmas dinner back to Dec. 18 instead of holding it on Dec. 23, so close to the holiday itself.

  • Police chief lobbies for Veterans Day parade

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas wants a Veterans Day parade and he’s visiting all of the local municipalities to get them on board.

    “We need to honor our veterans and have a Veterans Day parade,” Douglas told the Town of Bronson Council. “We wouldn’t be here tonight having these discussions if it wasn’t for our veterans.”

  • College student pens first novel

    C.T. Douglas from Dunnellon participates in his first book signing at an event earlier this month at the Williston Friends of the Library book fair. Douglas’ fantasy, Lore: A Pirate’s Charm, is the first novel of a trilogy, a rip-roaring adventure enhanced by werewolves, vampires and magic rings. Douglas was born in Wilkesboro, N.C., in 1989. He is a full-time undergraduate Liberal Arts and Sciences major attending the University of Florida in Gainesville.

     

    A Pirate's Charm

    REVIEW BY TERRY GRAYSON

  • Kent Owens is adjusting to Williston

    You don’t have to keep your back against the wall any longer. A new chiropractor has come to town.

    Kent Owens, affiliated with Trenton Medical Center that opened on Main Street March 16, is ready to give you the adjustment of your dreams.

    Chiropractic is a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column. The very word chiropractic comes from the Greek meaning “to do by hand.”