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Today's News

  • Williston makes playoffs as second place team

    Williston will be in the Class 3A playoffs.

    The Devils defeated Santa Fe, 60-27, Friday night. Coupled with Dunnellon's loss to North Marion, the Devils clinched second place in the district.

    In Friday's game, Travis Evans scored six touchdowns, including five in the first half, and Courtney Days and Dalton Edwards clinched the win with long second-half runs.

  • Surprises in the election

    Each generation or group of people has its catch phrases, something that just sort of pops into the languages.

    One of the statements making the rounds now is "Wow! Didn't see that comin'."

    That's the way I felt Tuesday night gathering the local election returns.

    I didn't foresee the defeat of incumbent Francis Akins as property appraiser, especially given the county's history of constant re-election of incumbents.

  • Little Miss Levy Fair named

    Little Miss Levy County Fair

    1. Maclayne McGowan

    2. Samantha Rene Slaughter

    3. Aubrey Hudson

    4. Jazzmyn Renee Hughes

  • Fair Queen results

    Miss Levy County Fair

    1. Jordan Lewis

    2. Ashton Bloom

    3. Miranda Morales

    4. Shakari Lamb

  • Barker unseats Akins

    "Unbelievable!"

    Osborn "Oz" Barker's reaction to being elected as Levy County Property Appraiser may well sum up the feelings of the county's Republicans as they won two offices for the first time in history.

    In addition to Barker, who unseated incumbent Democrat Francis Akins, voters chose Republican Robert "Bob" Hastings as county school superintendent.

    "It feels great," Hastings said. "It's something I've looked forward to for a long time."

  • Williston gets new council member

    At its Nov. 4 meeting, the Williston City Council named Marc Nussel to fill council seat B, which was vacated by the resignation of Cal Byrd.

    Nussel was a member of the council for eight years in the 1990s and most recently was the caretaker of the seat vacated by Justin Landon.

    Nussel, who is the owner of Williston Crane and Equipment, has indicated that he will run for a seat in the March elections. He will be sworn in at the next City Council meeting.

    The other applicants for the seat were Betty Fender, Lindsey Hager and Anthony Della Rocco.

  • Don't tax me, bro

    Cookie King stands on the corner of Noble Avenue and Main Street in Williston Tuesday morning waving to motorists. "I've been here since 9 a.m. and I'll stay here as long as I can stand, because I love America," the local Realtor said. Residents were lined up to vote at local polling places Tuesday morning.

  • Hastings, Barker win

    One incumbent was ousted Tuesday in Levy County as Property Appraiser Francis Akins lost to Osborn Barker.

    Barker collected 9,529 votes or about 51 percent, to 8,817 for Akins.

    In the hotly contested school superintendent race, Bob Hastings defeated Jeff Edison, 9,566, or 54 percent, to 8,304. Hastings has worked in all three areas of the county and most recently was the principal at Chiefland High School. Edison has worked under the retiring Cliff Norris for years.

  • North Marion edges Williston

    SPARR - If baseball is a game of inches, then high school football must be a game of millimeters.

    Williston came oh-so-close to a win last Friday, falling to North Marion, 21-19, in a key district game which, when over, left a lot of scenarios by which the district standings could be finalized ... which will happen Friday night.

    On that evening Williston plays host to Santa Fe in a homecoming game, while North Marion visits Dunnellon.

    Here are the possibilities:

    * If North Marion and Williston win, they finish 1-2 and will both go to the playoffs.

  • Pioneer sale plans put on hold

    Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC, parent company of the Williston Pioneer Sun News, Chiefland Citizen, Cedar Key Beacon and Riverland News of Dunnellon, announced Wednesday, Oct. 29, that, due to difficult credit markets, it was largely suspending the process to sell its remaining businesses. The process was launched in January and led to the sale in September of The Weather Channel Companies and some smaller sales. Landmark announced earlier this month that its agreement to sell WTVF-TV in Nashville was cancelled because the buyer lost its financing.