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Today's News

  • Community calendar

    Monday, March 10

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

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    * WHS Athletic Boosters, 7 p.m., WHS Media Center;

    * Williston area AARP Chapter #912, 9:30 a.m., Ornan (Masonic) Lodge, 250 N.E. Sixth. Blvd. Visitors are welcome. For information call 528-3323.

    * CRA, 5:15 p.m., City Hall.

    * WHS SAC will meet in the media center at 6 p.m.

  • Students of the Month honored

    The Williston City Council presented its first Student of the Month awards at its Tuesday evening meeting.

    The council decided recently to honor outstanding students at each of the Williston schools on a monthly basis to underline the importance of education and to recognize those young people who embody the best of Williston.

  • Holloway wins

    Brooks Holloway was elected to the Williston City Council Tuesday by a 138-58 margin over Lindsey Hager.

    A referendum to allow tax breaks for new businesses was approved, 111-79, but city residents narrowly voted down a proposal to extend the terms of mayor and council members to three years by a margin of 99-95.

    More details will be posted late Wednesday or Thursday.

  • Rotary Easter egg hunt is March 8

    A free Easter Egg Hunt is being planned for Saturday, March 8 at the Johnny T. Henry Celebration Park on Northwest 4th Street one block north of Noble Avenue and near the Williston Health Care Center.

  • WHS pitchers no-hit Bronson

    Maybe it wasn't pretty, but a no-hitter is a no-hitter.

    Four Williston pitchers combined for a no-hitter Friday night as the Red Devils defeated Bronson's baseball team, 10-3.

    As you might guess from Bronson's three runs, there were a few control issues, but the Devils were able to overcome the challenges.

    Brandon Scott was the starter, and he threw three innings, walking only one and striking out three. One batter reached on a throwing error.

  • WMS tops Lake Butler

    The Williston Middle School baseball team smothered Lake Butler, 17-7, in a mercy-rule five-inning game Monday.

    Max White and Bradley Jones each had a single and a triple, Justin Baker had two singles, and Trent Johnson and Justin Forsyth each had a single.

    Austin Etheridge pitched into the fourth inning and struck out six, while reliever Max White struck out four.

    The team travels to Bell today (Thursday) and visits Chiefland Friday, then returns home Monday to face Fort White, while entertaining Chiefland Tuesday.

  • Sports Calendar

    THURSDAY, FEB. 28

    High School Softball

    Williston at Newberry, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Williston at Citrus, 4 p.m.

    FRIDAY, FEB. 29

    High School Baseball

    Williston at Newberry, 7 p.m. (JV at 4)

    High School Softball

    Gainesville at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    TUESDAY, MARCH 4

    High School Baseball

    Dixie County at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 4)

    High School Softball

    Williston at Chiefland, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Citrus at Williston, 4 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MARCH 6

  • Bronson hires new coach

    Bronson High's three-month long search for a new head football coach is over.

    Enter Al Cooksey, a 60-year-old who has coached the sport many years in parts north of Levy.

    Most recently, Cooksey coached at tiny Hilliard High north of Jacksonville. He was there one year at the Class 1A school, finishing 2-8 with a squad that started eight sophomores.

    "It was a unique situation," said Cooksey, who will teach physical education at BHS. "I replaced a coach who was ill, but he got better and wanted his job back. He had been there something like 27 years. I stepped aside."

  • Memorial unveiled

    The Williston High School softball program unveiled a memorial dedicated to Ann Williams Planas, a former player who died of cancer several years ago after refusing chemotherapy because of possible damage to her unborn child. The memorial is at the field near Williston Elementary School where the girls play their home games.

  • Williston man killed as roof falls

    A Williston man was killed Sunday when the roof of a mobile home collapsed on him.

    Espiridion "Pete" Zamora, 78, was working with relatives on dismantling an old mobile home in an area of northwest Marion County.

    He was outside while a pair of family members were inside. The house collapsed while the two men were working inside.

    They were able to escape, but the roof came apart on Zamora, who was killed.

    Marion County rescue officials reached the scene quickly but could not revive the victim. A sheriff's spokesman said the death was ruled accidental.