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Today's News

  • Baseball team reaches Thursday final

    The Williston Red Devils defeated Lake Weir, 11-10, Wednesday night to reach the finals of the Red Devil Challenge.

    Williston will play Dunnellon tonight at 7. The Tigers swept through their half of the bracket unbeaten, as did Williston.

    In the tournament, the Red Devils won their first two games, knocking off P.K. Yonge, 8-7, and beating Gainesville, 17-14.

  • Staged Automobile Crashes

    Consider this scenario: You're stuck in heavy traffic on a busy highway. Another car cuts off the driver in front of you, forcing him to slam on the brakes. You try to stop, but there's no time ... and you rear-end the guy in front of you.

    An everyday accident? Not this time. Turns out you've been had by a well-organized criminal ring that staged the entire thing.

  • Convicted felons

    BRONSON - There were 21 people convicted of felonies in Levy County from March 1 through March 31, according to records.

    Following are the people and the crimes for which they were convicted:

    * Alfredo Aragon, 21, of Newberry, grand theft of a vehicle.

    * Richard Blackshear, 24, of Newton, Ga., aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    * Keith A. Colson, 46, of Chiefland, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

    * Dennis Malone Daniels, 23, of Dunnellon, possession of cocaine.

  • 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 they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Richard Z. Horne, 63, of Chiefland was arrested March 27 for aggravated assault and resisting arrest without violence. Bond 32,000.

    * Ronald W. Knea, 51, of Williston was arrested March 28 on Duval County warrants for two counts of grand theft, and theft from a person older than 65 years old. No bond.

  • Williston police reports

    A Gainesville man who was picketing a Williston church was arrested on Sunday, March 30, after allegedly ignoring a trespass warning.

    Edward E. Young, 53, of Southwest 75th Street, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony, threat through intimidation, also a felony, and two misdemeanors, trespass after warning and resisting without violence.

  • Airport response

    Editor:

    For incoming City Council member Shoemaker to call the Airport Committee members self-serving is both an insult to this dedicated group of citizen volunteers, but also unjust and unfair. They are a diverse group (pilots, a mortgage broker, local business owners, a clergyman, council representatives, and the City Manager/Airport Manager) who spend many hours not only working toward improvement of the Williston Municipal Airport and Industrial Park, but also for economic development and job creation on behalf of Williston area residents.

  • Message was good, delivery wasn't

    So many things to write about, so little space. So let's go back to the headline format and cover a few topics:

    STOP SMOKING: There was a presentation at the high school last week by a group that organizes Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT). You can find photos elsewhere in today's paper.

    I went to the assembly to take pictures and, in all honesty, I was disappointed. There was a lot of loud music and a lot of yelling, most of which couldn't be understood.

  • Stearns to be in Williston

    U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala) will hold one town meeting in Williston and three in Ocala on Saturday, April 12. So far Stearns has held over 500 town meetings across North Central Florida. "I look forward to meeting with the citizens of the Sixth District to discuss the important issues," said Stearns.

    The Williston meeting will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at the library. 10 S.E. First Ave.

    Other meetings are:

    Ocala Palms

    10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Magnolia Room

    Royal Palm Clubhouse

    Oak Run

    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Oak Run Country Club

  • Subdivisions get county approval

    Three residential subdivisions and variances to allow them met with unanimous approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners on April 8.

    Angelina Farms, a 70-acre site outside the Williston Municipal Service District (MSD), was approved. It will be seven 10-acre residential lots.

    Harper's Subdivision, a 40-acre site to the east of Chiefland near Levy County Road 134 and CR 320 East, was approved.

    It will include four residential lots - ranging in size from 8.8-acres to 9.7-acres.

  • Council welcomes new members

    The Williston City Council welcomed two new members Tuesday night and said goodbye to a pair of long-time associates.

    Brooks Holloway and Michael Shoemaker were sworn in by Judge Joseph Smith, as was Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, who was re-elected without opposition.

    Shoemaker also won without having to face an opponent, but Holloway defeated Lindsey Hager in the March election.