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Today's News

  • 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."

  • Levy County 'Open for business'

    The Levy County Commission has a message for citizens: "We are Open for Business."

    During its 35-minute meeting Tuesday morning the three commissioners left no question that the county will continue normal operations despite the suspensions of two county commissioners facing federal trials on bribery charges.

    "We do have a quorum and the people's business will be conducted as it has always been," said Commissioner Nancy Bell of Chiefland, who moved up from vice chair to chair of the commission.

  • Few seem to recall JFK's death

    Last weekend while dial-doodling around by TV, I came across a fascinating story called "The Search for John Wilkes Booth," about the manhunt for Lincoln's assassin. There's been a lot of Civil War stuff on for some reason, and this one was pretty good.

    But what I was looking for was some material on an assassination anniversary that's coming up, and I couldn't find a whole lot on the channels.

    Saturday is the 45th anniversary of the killing of President John F. Kennedy.

    This weekend is another big 45th anniversary for me, but more on that later.

  • Marilyn L. Keels

    Marilyn L. Keels, 76, of Chiefland, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at Seven Rivers Regional Hospital in Crystal River.

    Born in Newark, Ohio, she moved to Chiefland from Bradenton 11 years ago. She was a retired dental office manager, enjoyed making dolls, was an avid quilter and member of the Suwannee Quilting Club.

  • Morrison resigns from School Board

    Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor.

    Board member Paige Brookins read aloud a letter from Morrison that stated he had sent his resignation to Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Brookins said that Morrison had asked her to read the letter dated Nov. 18 so that it could be added to the official Board minutes.

  • Hastings takes office

    Robert Hastings was sworn in as Levy County School Superintendent Tuesday morning, becoming one of the first Republicans elected to countywide office in Levy County.

    "We keep in mind in all we do that we are bettering our system, thereby helping our children," Hastings said. "We need to remember that we are working with our students so that they can have a good and healthy and productive future."

    Judge Joseph E. Smith administered the oath for Hastings, as well as Board members Paige Brookins and Beth Davis who ran for re-election unopposed.