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Today's News

  • Williston football coach resigns

    After five good years leading the Red Devils, Williston football head coach Jamie Baker is calling it quits. In a surprise announcement Tuesday, Baker said he would be leaving the football field for the pasture to begin, or rather, reclaim a career in cattle ranching.

    “I’ve enjoyed coaching at Williston,” Baker said. “It’s as good a position as I could have had, and my decision has nothing to do with the position or the team or the people here. It was just time for a change of direction.”

  • Qualifyiing for city elections is Jan 12-16

    The qualification period for the three City Council seats available this year is scheduled beginning at noon on Monday, Jan. 12 and ending promptly at noon on Friday, Jan. 16.

    The seats available for this year’s March 3 election are Groups A, B and C.

    Steve Holcomb is the incumbent in Group A. Holcomb has been a member of the council since 2000. His particular area of responsibility is parks and recreation.

  • Council discusses permits at airport

    After the presentation of January’s Students of the month awards and the ceremonial swearing in of Marcus Collins as the new City Manager, the Williston City Council got down to two controversial items of business.

    Not for the first time, the council debated at length a policy for establishing a non-tenant business permit for those who wish to do business at the airport, but do not lease facilities there. And, not for the first time, the discussion resulted in the policy being sent back to the Airport Committee for reworking.

  • Upcoming events listing

    Saturday, January 10

    * 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, January 12

    * 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.

    * WHS Athletic Boosters, 7 p.m., WHS Media Center.

    * Williston AARP Chapter 912, 9:30 a.m., Holy Family Catholic Church Hall. Visitors welcome. For information call 528-3323.

  • Upcoming events briefs

    ‘Acts’ study scheduled

    A study of the Acts of the Apostles will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston every Thursday from Jan. 8 to May 19 from 7-9 p..m. Acts follows the footsteps of Peter, Paul and the early Apostles who built the foundation of the church.

    For more information contact Yvette Garland at (352) 466-9186.

    Blood drive Friday, Saturday

  • Hey, governor, we're still here

    Catching up on some things after the holidays:

    WE’RE STILL HERE, GOVERNOR: Levy County’s Commission is still operating two people short as of this writing Tuesday night. Two commissioners were suspended some time ago, and yet the governor has not appointed even temporary replacements.

    Nancy Bell, Danny Stevens and Lilly Rooks deserve plaudits for keeping the county running in the absence of the two others, but it sure would be nice if the governor would give them some help. Those trials are still a long way away.

  • Christmas items stolen

    Editor:

    On New Year’s Day someone took a plastic Santa Claus and a candy cane out of my yard. I would like to say thank you for allowing it to stay in my yard over the Christmas Holidays. The children in the neighborhood really enjoyed walking through the yard and looking at the different items.

  • Students of the Month honored

    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the January 2009 Student of the Month awards at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

    Each student is awarded a personalized certificate of achievement and a coupon for a pizza from King Munchie’s.

    From Joyce Bullock Elementary school, the designee is Kindergartener Maclayne McGowan, daughter of Paul and Scarlett McGowan. Maclayne was nominated by Mrs. Cecillia Edwards, her teacher, who made the following comments:

  • Williston Police Reports

    Tommy Glenn Chadwick, 31, of Ocala, was charged with possession of marijuana less than 20 grams after the car in which he was riding was stopped for having no tag lights and a cracked windshield.

    Russell Edward Howe Jr., 19, of Southeast 3rd Avenue, Williston, was charged with possession of a prescription drug, Valium, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was the driver of the above vehicle which was stopped for having no tag lights and a cracked windshield.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has announced the following arrests:

    A Trenton man was charged with armed burglary of a dwelling, grand theft and grand theft auto.

    Bryant L. Shaw, 42, was arrested after he returned to the scene of a burglary at a hunting cabin near Otter Creek about one mile north of State Road 24 in Gadsbay. He was detained by the victim. The truck he was driving had been stolen out of Dixie County. Total bond was $40,000.