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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Dept. announced the following arrests:

    Keith Eric Benson, 28, of Northeast 85th Terrace, Bronson, was chargted with fleeing and eluding and reckless driving of his motorcycle after leading police on a chase in which he reached a speed estimated at 110 mph. He was first spotted at Southwest 18th Street driving at 61 mph, according to the report, and eventually lost control of his bike after trying to make a left turn. Officer David Deonarine made the arrest.

  • Upcoming events listing

    Saturday, December 27

    * Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Parish, 17353 NE 27A, Williston

    Monday, December 29

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    Tuesday, December 30

    * Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    * Rotary Club of Williston, First Presbyterian Church, Noon.

  • Williston tops Lake Weir to win tourney

    SPARR - It’s back to the district wars for one game for Williston High School’s unbeaten boys basketball team, riding high after a victory in the Tim Brinkley Memorial Tournament at North Marion.

    Williston defeated Lake Weir, 60-53, Saturday night to take the title.

    The Red Devils travel to Dixie County Friday night to complete the first round of the district schedule, then wait a week before playing in the prestigious Kingdom of the Sun tournament at Ocala Vanguard.