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Today's News

  • Lady Red Devils earn places on All-State teams

    Players from Chiefland and Williston were recently selected to the 2009 All-Area team. Players were selected via ballots submitted by active softball coaches around the region.

    Class 3A-6A First team

    C - Taylore Fuller, Chiefland, Fr.- .717 BA, 1,340 slugging pctg, 32 runs, 21 RBIs, 14 2Bs, 5 3Bs

    INF - Crissy Rawls, Williston, Soph.- .418 BA, 33 hits, 3 2Bs, 3 3Bs

    Class 3A-6A Second team

    P - Tori Stamper, Williston, Soph.- 11-8, 2.67 ERA, 92 Ks

    C - Dayna Hunn, Williston, Soph.- .415 BA, 34 hits, 30 RBIs, 5 2Bs, 4 3Bs

  • Garbage fees raise big stink with school board

    An increase of 143 percent in the cost to collect garbage for Williston schools has the Levy County School Board steaming. At Tuesday’s meeting of the board, Superintendent Bob Hastings said the city of Williston had recently stopped providing its own waste pickup service and instead contracted with vendor Emerald Waste Services. In the process, the city had raised the cost to collect trash from Williston’s four school sites from $2,673 per month to $6,555 per month, coming to an annual cost of almost $79,000, an increase of about $46,000 more than last year.

  • Knights of Columbus serve community for more than a decade

    The men who serve in the Knights of Columbus take their work seriously. Not only do they strive to support their parish at Holy Family Catholic Church, but they stretch the arm of Christianity into the area to help others in need.

    Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Knights have been continuous fund-raisers and supporters for several charities, families and causes, according to Jamie Barley, one of the charter members.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    The swine flu is not coming–it’s already here. The question now is what will happen when our kids all get together when school opens Aug. 24. Will there be an explosion of new cases then, or later in the fall when the traditional flu spreads through society? A vaccine for the swine flu will not be ready until mid-October and right now that vaccine will take two shots given 21-28 days apart.

  • Who needs that much Drama?

    Drama is defined an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances. Most of us know that. But there are so many of us who live it. Drama. With a capital “D”.

    In any environment, whether it’s school, work, family or social, there’s always Drama. Most people keep it to themselves, handle it privately and we never know what is going on.

    But then there are those who over exaggerate everything and thrive on the crisis of the minute. You know them too.

  • Crime down in Williston

    Crime may be on the rise but not in Williston.

    For the fourth consecutive year, total index offenses (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) were down 29 percent in the first six months of 2009.

    The police department’s closure rate increased from 27 percent to 47 percent.

    “Having a fully staffed department has enabled us to maintain a superior response time–two minutes on average–and an excellent investigative effort,” said Chief Dan Davis, who has been with the city for 10 years.

  • Officer of the Month

    David Deonarine was named officer of the month for July by Chief of Police Dan Davis.

    Deonarine is the commander of the Police Explorers. During July, he was instrumental in several drug arrests, which led to a series of robbery investigations.

  • Nights filled with kicking and screaming

    On a steamy Thursday evening just west of Williston, a huge metal building fills with young and old alike as students of Tae Kwon Do, the ancient Korean martial art, prepare to spend the next hour kicking and lunging.

    Under instructors Daniel Anderson, Chris Haralson and Demita Glover-Anderson, the students, ranging in age from 4 to 40ish, will focus on learning sets of forms and steps that will enable them to test in three months for the next rank in belts.

  • Emory Philman wants to rub you the right way

    Emory Philman puts his heart into his work and he has a tattoo to prove it.

    Philman, a massage therapist, is the newest member of Trenton Medical Center’s Williston office.

    A self-described farm boy from Bell, he became interested in massage therapy in 2002 and first learned equine massage at the Reddickee^School.

    Because of his genuine love of people–and the desire to help them feel better–he went to the Florida School of Massage and learned human techniques.

    For the last few years, Philman has alternated between horses and people.

  • Johnson named outstanding social studies teacher

    Anthony Johnson was recognized as one of Florida’s Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Johnson is the recipient of the “Dr. Theron Trimble Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award” -Elementary level for 2009.

    This award is sponsored by the Florida Council for the Social Studies, a professional organization of Social Studies educators striving to maintain and enhance the importance of Social Studies in Florida education.