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Today's News

  • Middle School girls finish strong

    The Williston Middle School Lady Red Devils got off to a slow start as they played host to the Ruth Rains Lady Rangers Monday evening. The Red Devils fell behind as the first quarter ended. A three-point second quarter basket by Jani Ross and a six-point scoring burst in the third quarter by Maria Maldonado lifted the Red Devils to a 33-21 win.

    Red Devil Coach Priscilla Fugate said, “We simply forgot how to play defense in the early going and it took us several time outs to start to play our game.”

  • Students of the Month honored

    Three Williston school students were honored by Mayor Gerald Hethcoat last week as Students of the Month for December.

    Everett Warren, Joyce Bullock Elementary first-grader, son of Curt and Karen Warren, was nominated by Mrs. Griffith, his teacher, who made the following comments:

  • 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.