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Today's News

  • Margaret Brown signs with Polk

    Williston High School all-star softball player Margaret Brown has signed to play with Polk Community College in Winter Haven for the next two years.

    The three-sport star was a first-team Class 3A All-State outfielder last year. This year's team has not yet been announced.

    The left-handed Brown will be joining the Vikings and coach Dottie Cupp. "She'll definitely be in the outfield," Cupp said at a signing ceremony at the WHS Media Center on Tuesday.

  • Memorial Day memories

    Editor's Note: This is a column published annually, with some minor changes, by the editor.

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    I never knew my Uncle Joe.

    Somewhere there's a slide or a picture of him holding me on his lap shortly after I was born, but soon after that photo in early 1944, the sergeant shipped out.

    He was not only my uncle, he was my Godfather.

    He died in Normandy just one month after D-Day. I found his name on the Web, complete with the plot number in the cemetery in which he is buried.

  • Firefighters save local man

    On April 7, Williston Fire Rescue responded Northeast 85th Street in Raleigh to a reported grass fire. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a 3 to 4 acre pasture fire spreading rapidly.

    Firefighter Lt. Shane Colman and Firefighter Daniel Smith immediately started extinguishing the grass fire.

    Shortly after containing the fire and starting a second sweep to look for hot spots firefighter Smith noticed the landowner lying on the ground. Smith immediately notified Coleman and they found that he was not breathing had no pulse.

  • East Williston Park advances

    The East Williston Park is a major step closer to reality after the City Council approved the site plan and gave the go-ahead for permitting at its Tuesday meeting.

  • Abandoned foal found

    Perhaps as a sign of troubled economic times, a 5-day old foal was found abandoned Saturday morning, May 16, at about 7:30 a.m. on the outskirts of Williston.

    The foal was found between some parked trucks about 100 feet off U.S. 41 about a half a mile from the intersection of State Road 121.

    Seen first by a passerby, the foal, a colt, is being cared for by a nearby horse farm. There are two adjoining businesses- BC Hauling and Williston Peanut. Volunteers have scoured all surrounding farms in the immediate area from which the foal may have originated.

  • Community calendar

    Monday, May 26 MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY

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

    Tuesday, May 27

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

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

    * Williston Senior Singles, 6 p.m., Hilltop Restaurant (rescheduled because of Memorial Day)

    * Police Explorers, 6:30 p.m., Fire Department.

    * Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.

    * AA Book Study, 7:30 p.m., 810 E. Thrasher Ave., (SR 24), Bronson.

  • Upcoming events

    Brisket cooking contest

    The Levy County Cattlewomen would like to invite you to test your brisket-cooking-skills at the third annual Williston Ranch Rodeo on May 23-24 at the Williston Horseman's Park. For team rules and sign-up information, please call (352) 535-5226.

    Church to hold yard sale

  • Football, basketball camps planned

    The annual Williston Red Devil football camp, for players ages 7-14, will be held Thursday, June 12, through Saturday, June 14, from 7:45 a.m. to noon each day behind the high school.

    Campers will be taught offensive and defensive fundamentals by the WHS varsity football staff. There will be a punt, kick and throw competition for each age group. Campers will receive a camp t-shirt and snacks/drinks will be provided each day.

    An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, the 14th, at noon.

    Shorts, t-shirt and cleats are recommended to be worn but are not required.

  • Police Memorial Week

    Every day, our Nation's dedicated law enforcement Officers put themselves at risk to keep the citizens safe. As we observe Peace Officers' Memorial Day and Police Week, May 11-17, 2008, we pay tribute to the courageous men and women who have lost their lives protecting us, and we honor all those who wear the badge and keep the peace.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office announced the following felony arrests:

    * Alvin Edward Cloninger, 29, of Davenport, burglary if a structure. No bond.

    * Michelle Ann Waskom, 37, of Williston, worthless check. Released on own recognizance.

    * William Dray Harris, 19, of Gulf Hammock, battery. Released on own recognizance.

    * Willie Leon Blunt, 48, of Williston, dealing in stolen property.

    * Sonia J. Carter 48, of Archer, burglary of a structure, forgery or altering a bill or note and scheme to defraud. Bond $10,000.