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Today's News

  • Mining firm seeks delay

    A March 31 letter from an attorney representing Tarmac America shows the mining company wants to delay consideration of its request for a special exception.

    The Levy County Planning Commission would not consider the Kings Road Mine again until January 2009 at the earliest, if the request for a delay is granted. The letter to Chiefland Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt asks the Planning Commission to "hold in abeyance Tarmac's pending special exception application until at least January of 2009."

  • Wild Observations

    Have you ever tried to find a word to describe wildflowers growing in numbers more than a few? Bees can come in hives, swarms and colonies. Cattle in herds. Fish in shoals. Geese in skeins and gaggles. And so on. In my research I discovered a few new words to describe numbers: a "sedge" of heron; a "nide" of pheasants; and my favorite-a "fling" of sandpipers.

  • Williston Elementary Honor Roll

    Golden Apples for March

    Reggie Days

    Brandi Porter

    Jackie Holt

    Willie Duncan

    Alexas Casillas

    R.C. Crooms

    Summer Damiano

    THIRD GRADE

    Principal's List

    John Carlisle

    Joy Crow

    Valentina Lavieri

    Robbie Sistrunk

    Alexis Strange

    Katelynn Bastanzi

    Jason Clubb

    A/B Honor Roll

    Kevin Allen

    Quadriel Anderson

    Connor McCoy

    Jacey Osteen

    Ryan Austin

    Tyrese Pruitt

    Chance Harrell

    Drew Holcomb

    Rashiel Delgado

    Sarah Smith

    Austin McCurdy

  • Williston Police reports

    The Williston Police Department has announced the following arrests:

    * Dannette D. Parmley, 49, of Northwest 100th Street, Micanopy, was arrested on a Marion County warrant after being stopped for a tag obstruction. She was also charged with giving false information to a law enforcement officer, after Inv. Eliza D. Kolak recognized her from a picture of those who had warrants.

    * Benjamin David Gilland 49, was charged with driving with a suspended license (with knowledge) after being stopped for driving with an inoperative headlight.

  • WHS boys top Chiefland

    After the start of a game which seemingly saw Chiefland's baseball team in full control, Williston suddenly finds itself tied for first place and in a position where a coin toss might determine the top seed in the district.

    The Red Devils rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat Chiefland, 11-5, last Thursday night.

  • WMS reaches championship game

    Helped by a series of Chiefland mistakes, the Williston Middle School Red Devils came from behind Tuesday to win their baseball division of the Suwannee Middle Athletic Conference, 8-5, over the visiting Braves.

    Williston was scheduled to play in Lake Butler Thursday for the conference title.

    Trailing 5-4, the Devils entered the bottom of the fifth with the top of the order coming to the plate, the part of the lineup that had been doing damage all afternoon.

  • Proud of my community

    Editor:

    I did not grow up in Williston, but have been fortunate enough to have lived here for almost 20 years. Not long after moving to Williston, I realized that it was not just a town, but a group or community of people that worked together for the betterment of "the community."

  • When is dead really dead?

    One of the strange stories of the past week comes out of Texas, and it really can raise some ethical questions.

    A 31-year-old man was injured four months ago in an ATV accident. He was declared brain-dead, but kept alive artificially so his organs could be harvested.

    But recently, when officials were ready to work on him ... he moved.

    Turns out he had been alive all the time, and even heard the doctor pronounce him dead.

    Now he's recovering and says he feels pretty good, according to an Associated Press story.

  • Setback rules may change

    After weeks of discussion with the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), a 330-foot setback may be changed to be a 100-foot buffer, Levy County Planner Shenley Neely said.

    The Levy County Comprehensive Plan currently requires property owners to not build or use their own land when it is within 330-feet adjacent of any state forest, federal wildlife reserves, state wildlife reserves or next to Suwannee River Water Management land.

  • Barker to run for property appraiser

    Osborn "Oz" Barker has announced that he is seeking the position of Levy County Property Appraiser as a Republican candidate.