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Today's News

  • Devils top Indians

    CHIEFLAND – It was a good finish to the opening week of the high school basketball season for the Williston boys.

    The Red Devils took advantage of cold free-throw shooting by Chiefland to knock off the Indians, 61-43. Chiefland missed 17 free throws in the game.

    The Red Devils pulled out to a 38-19 halftime lead, then withstood a Chiefland rally in the second half to get the win.

    Williston scored the first seven points of the game. Deonte Welch opened with a jumper off a nice pass from Isaac Floyd, Jacques Edwards hit layup and then swished a three-pointer.

  • Schools may cut 50 jobs

    In the wake of mid-year projected budget cuts of $1.9 million, the School Board of Levy County needs to lay off 50 employees, according to Director of Finance Robert Clemons.

    "We should have reduced our staff levels by at least 25 at the beginning of this school year," Clemons wrote in a letter to the Board dated Nov. 26. "Now that half of the year is gone we need to reduce our staff levels by 50 to achieve the same results."

  • Williston High principal to resign

    Williston High School will be getting a new principal.

    Mike DeLucas confirmed Wednesday that he has resigned, effective the end of the year.

    DeLucas will become instructional leader for the Florida Virtual School, which means he is the virtual principal of 110,000 students in the state.

    The Florida Virtual School enables students to take courses online for various reasons. One common reason is that their school does not offer the course they wish to take.

  • Getting to know you

    Jack Robinson tells us he’s a junk collector. He spells the word “junque” which puts it into the category of fine antiques.

    What’s special about this collector is that with a little bit of glue, some nails and lots of imagination, he transforms junk, no matter how you spell it, into artistic creations that we might call modern art.

  • Woman faces fraud charges after pleas at churches

    A woman who allegedly told local churches that her child needed a kidney transplant has been arrested by Levy County Sheriff’s officials on one count of scheme to defraud, and could face more charges in the city of Williston and in Marion County.

    On Dec. 2, Investigator Roger Bell arrested Misty Dawn Everly, 34, of 19039 S.W. 29th St., Dunnellon.

  • Williston starts season 4-0

    Fort White had its eight minutes of fame. After that, it was welcome to the real world.

    Williston’s boys basketball team won its fourth straight game, all in the district, by defeating the visiting Indians, 77-37, Tuesday night.

    The schedule gets a little tougher this weekend as the Red Devils head for a three-day tournament at North Marion starting tonight, where they’ll play Ocala Vanguard at 7:30 p.m. The Friday and Saturday schedules depend on Thursday’s result.

  • Williston boys reach tourney final

    SPARR -- The Williston boys basketball team used a big second half to demolish host North Marion, 70-39, Friday night to reach the finals of the Tim Brinkley Memorial Tournament.

    The Devils will play Lake Weir in the championship Saturday at 7:30. Lake Weir edged West Orange by one point Friday night.

    Williston had a 10-point lead at halftime Friday, and the Colts stayed close, trailing by 12 at the end of the third period.

  • Williston falls in playoffs

    North Marion scored early, got four touchdowns from Eddie Rocker, and defeated Williston, 49-7 in the Class 3A football playoffs Friday night.

    North Marion will play Dade City Pasco next Friday. Pasco defeated Gulf, 50-0, on Friday.

  • Friday Night rights: Red Devils get rematch with North Marion Colts

    Williston football Head Coach Jamie Baker doesn't care that his Red Devils advance to the regional semifinal without having to play Nature Coast Tech. All he cares about is suiting up for another Friday night.

    "Yeah, man, we're playing!" Baker exulted Monday, as he talked about his game play.

    Williston will face North Marion, to whom they lost 21-19 on Halloween. The chance for a do-over against the Colts is irresistible to Baker.

    "We only lost by two points," he said.

  • Census Bureau looking for census takers in Levy County

    The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for a few good people to work in the 2010 Census and at least one Chiefland official is hoping the count gets done accurately.

    Project and Finance Director Laurie Copeland says Chiefland's population in the 2000 Census fell two people short of qualifying for more federal grant money.

    "We're two recorded people between the 650,000 category and 700,000 category" for Community Development Block Grant, she said.

    "The federal government is using the 2000 data. . . and there is no way to change it."