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Today's News

  • Walk to Bethlehem continues

    The journey is long for Mary and Joseph but each evening between 7 and 9 p.m. caravans leave Nazareth and give visitors the opportunity to join them in the interactive narrative led by Callie Fields all the way to Bethlehem where the Baby Jesus was born in a manger in a stable.

  • Win over Vanguard started big weekend

    SPARR - It was a good way to make an opening statement at the Tim Brinkley Memorial Tournament last week.

    Williston’s boys came out and led all the way in defeating Ocala Vanguard, 71-59.

    Jacques Edwards led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Isaac Floyd with a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) and James Hunt with 13 points. Deonte Welch contributed nine points and nine assists.

  • WHS reached finals by topping North Marion

    SPARR - After three quarters, it appeared that Williston had finally had enough.

    The boys basketball team was engaged in a battle with host North Marion in the Tim Brinkley Memorial Tournament and had pulled to a hard-fought 12-point lead going into the final eight minutes.

    But then the Devils exploded, outscoring the Colts 24-5 in the final quarter to take a 70-39 win in the tournament semifinals.

    At the beginning of the period North Marion made the score even closer, scoring the first bucket to make it 46-36.

  • Middle School boys win in two overtimes

    The Williston Middle School boys basketball team ran the gauntlet Monday night as it hosted the Ruth Rains Rangers. The Red Devils went from a cold-shooting first quarter to a dominating double overtime win, 45-39, before a screaming crowd at the Middle School gym.

    After a cold shooting first quarter the Red Devils ended the quarter trailing 9-6. The defense stepped up in the second quarter of play and held the Rangers to just one basket as the Red Devils, behind a six-point performance by Tre Wilson, jumped ahead of the Rangers 15-11, as the first half came to an end.

  • 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.