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Today's News

  • 2008 year in review

    JANUARY

    3 - A 19-year-old, Ethan Monette, was killed New Year’s Eve in a single-car accident.

    An upcoming homestead exemption amendment is explained.

    10 - School Superintendent Cliff Norris says he will not run for another term.

    The city will once again debate the issue of charging for police response.

    17 - The city’s CRA is concentrating on façade improvements.

    The League of Cities opposes a budget-cutting amendment.

    24 - City of Williston employees have voted to unionize.

  • Accident halts traffic on North Main

    An accident at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday on North Main Street, north of the triangle, tied up traffic as the Williston Fire Department and local police cleared up the scene. The accident involved multiple vehicles, including a motor home.

  • O.J. goes to jail, amid the ads

    Last Friday I was home, getting psyched up for covering a basketball game that night, and ESPN, my usual TV station, was babbling about putting the O.J. Simpson sentencing on live at noon.

    So I made sure I was paying attention, and there was a lot of talk as the court procedure was getting under way in the background.

    I went to Headline News and found more talk.

  • Principal will be missed

    Random thoughts while driving through the fog (not in a fog):

    NEW PRINCIPAL: John Lott will take over the administration of Williston High School when Mike DeLucas leaves after this week.

    Our dealings here at the paper with DeLucas have always been good, and we wish him well in his new endeavor at the Florida Virtual School.

    I confess I didn’t know much about the Virtual School until I talked with DeLucas last week. I started checking up on it and it’s amazing how many students across Florida are taking part in this service.

  • Ivy House owner dies

    Freddie Byron Hale, 80, of Williston, died Dec. 22, 2008, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville following a short illness.

    He came to the Morriston area from Gainesville in 1943. He was the owner and operator of the Ivy House Restaurant in Williston and Alachua, a member of the Florida Cattleman’s Assocation, S.E. Wood Producers Association, Florida Forestry Association and the Good Ole Boys Club in Williston. He was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the Williston Church of God.

  • Principal says farewell

    Editor:

    It has been my pleasure to serve as Principal at Williston High School and Assistant Principal at Joyce Bullock Elementary School for the past seven years. I have always appreciated the support of this community for all four Williston schools.

    Since announcing my resignation last week, I have received numerous congratulatory phone calls, emails, cards and personal visits. I have been overwhelmed by the warm wishes and sincere gratitude. Thank you.

  • Family gets tree from Light Up Williston

    Lisa Beschard is a single mother who is unemployed, due to the economy. She tries her best to make sure her son lives a full life.

    It was decided that Lisa and son Steven would receive the Christmas tree (that was by Santa) at the end of Light Up Williston.

  • Devils play Friday at 3 p.m.

    Williston High School's boys basketball team kept its record unblemished last Friday with a 59-50 win over Dixie County on the road.

    The victory left the Red Devils with an 8-0 record, and a perfect 5-0 through the first half of district play.

    The next game for WHS will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Ocala Vanguard, when the Devils take on North Marion in the first round of the Kingdom of the Sun. A win would put them in an 8 p.m. game on Saturday, while a loss would result in a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday.

    The tournament continues through Tuesday, Dec. 30.

  • Bronson takes sting out of Hornets

    With leading scorer James Rivers still out of action, nursing a sore ankle, the Bronson Eagles took the sting out of the Lafayette Hornets on Dec. 19, and flew to a 73-56 win before a half-filled gym in Bronson.

    The Eagles took their first lead as the first quarter came to an end 14-12. The Hornets continued to keep pace with the Eagles and trailed by just three points, thanks to a 3-point basket by Antwan Brown as the first half ended with the Eagles leading 27-24.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A 36-year-old Fanning Springs man who allegedly improperly touched a 17-year-old girl was accused of battery, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office reports.

    Vaughn Winford Drake, of Northwest 167th Place, allegedly moved a small child for whom the victim was babysitting, lay down beside the victim and touched her. Officers came after she called her mother. Bond was set at $2,500.

    Richard Earl Aldrich Jr., 25, of Orlando, was charged with disorderly intoxication after an incident on Northeast 77th Court.