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Today's News

  • Parent night set for 8th graders

    Williston High School will hold a Parent Night on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Williston High School for all Williston Middle School 8th grade parents/students to present information and answer questions you may have about your child's entrance into the 9th grade for next school year.

    Eighth grade students will bring home information on April 30 for the pre-registration process that should aid you in making important decisions about your child's future.

  • Devils win regional opener

    Williston played its comeback role to the hilt Tuesday, coming from behind twice, then whipping Union County, 13-5, in the Class 3A regional quarterfinal at Williston.

    The Red Devils will play Keystone Heights, a 10-9 winner over P.K. Yonge, at home this Friday.

    Following is an earlier story about last week's district final.

    FORT WHITE - Williston's never-say-die baseball team had another big comeback win last Thursday, taking the district title with a 10-5 victory over P.K. Yonge.

  • The dismissal of the city manager

    There is obviously more than meets the eye when it comes to the dismissal of Jim Coleman as the city manager of Williston.

    There were references to unhappy city employees, projects not followed through and the treatment of the city clerk during Tuesday's meeting when Coleman was fired.

    For my part, I can only say that all the dealings I had with Coleman were positive. He was always accessible for information. I am sorry to see him go.

    Now comes the interesting part, figuring out how to go about hiring someone new.

  • Drug trade takes a hit

    The drug trade in Levy County and surrounding areas took a big hit recently with the announcement last week of the arrest of more than 70 people in a joint Levy-Dixie County effort.

  • Ribbon cutting held at O's So Sweet
  • Coleman fired as city manager

    About 15 minutes after Tuesday's City Council meeting started, City Manager Jim Coleman picked up his notebook and his dark glasses and walked out of the community center.

    He had just been fired by the Williston council.

    Later in the meeting finance director Mark Schiefer was named interim city manager. Final terms of his new position will be discussed at a special meeting and workshop next Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The council will also discuss how they want to proceed to fill the permanent position.

  • Make people wear seatbelts

    There is one law in Florida that I have been fighting for years. Maybe something is finally going to happen.

    Under current law, a law enforcement officer is not allowed to stop someone just because they don't have a seatbelt on. They can only be cited if they are stopped for some other reason.

    There reportedly is a bill in the Legislature that would change that. Hopefully, it will go through.

    Normally I'm not in favor of more government intervention. However, sometimes you just have to legislate something to overcome people's lack of judgment.

  • Honoring the dispatchers

    April 13-19, 2008 is National Public Safety Telecommunication Week. In 1991, Congress proclaimed this particular week to nationally recognize dispatchers across our country. I want to take a special moment to personally honor the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers for Levy County.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    * Joseph Thomas Hodge, 22, Dunnellon, possession of ammunition by convicted felon, possession of RX drugs without prescription.

    * Travis Scott Thorrington, 41, Bronson, theft of gas/attendant present, bond $1,000.

    * Jeffrey Vernan Coleman Jr., 16, Gainesville, burglary of unoccupied dwelling, unarmed, assault, larceny, theft, bond $30,000.

  • Williston police reports

    With the price of recycled materials going up, police say the chances of theft are rising also.

    On April 9 Williston Police arrested Malina Gaye Browning, 39, of Southeast Fourth Street, and Robert Rutlin, 49, of Southeast Fourth Drive, on charges of dealing in stolen property.

    The two were charged with taking a variety of items from a local yard and then taking it to a local recycling company.

    A Williston woman was arrested last week on six warrants, two each from Marion, Levy and Alachua counties.