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Today's News

  • Trinity Catholic whips baseball team

    OCALA - The visit to Trinity Catholic Tuesday night was long and frustrating, and that was just before the game started.

    Willistons baseball team dropped a 15-1, five-inning decision to the Celtics Tuesday night, getting only two hits in the process.

    The Red Devils will return home for their own tournament, which starts with four games on Monday (check schedule in calendar).

  • Williston boys win track title

    With 99.5 points, Williston boys won the team scoring at Tuesday's running of the Levy County Track Meet, and Red Devil girls placed second in their competition with 54.

    Host Cedar Key head coach Brad Penney congratulated Williston coach Becky Hilty on her boys' first-place finish, saying it was the first time in the three-year history of the county meet that any team had beaten the always-dominant Chiefland boys.

    Travis Evans led the Red Devil boys' effort, winning the long jump and 100 meters and anchoring the 4x100 relay.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A traffic stop conducted by Levy County Sheriffs Deputy Jimmy Anderson on a 2007 Saturn reported stolen from Alachua County resulted in an arrest.

    Marcus Daine Bolden, 28, of Brunswick, Ga., was arrested for grand theft auto when Anderson stopped him just after midnight on March 27.

    A search of Bolden uncovered a small plastic bag with marijuana in it, Anderson said. Then the deputy found 31 pieces of crack cocaine in a white pill bottle.

  • WYAA uniforms are ours

    Editor:

    We are writing this in response to the letter of March 27.

    Parents, players and coaches, we at Ark Print Wear are proud to say that we are the company that does the printing for the WYAA uniforms and have been doing them for the past three years. As well as doing the printing for them, we are also a proud sponsor of the WYAA.

  • Remembering a great colleague

    Sometimes your week just doesn't go as planned.

    Mine was thrown for a loop on Tuesday when I learned that the day before a journalism colleague who I both liked and respected had died.

    Vince Murray, 56, was a former sports editor of the Ocala Star-Banner, and I had the pleasure of working with him for a few years.

    But I had met him long before that, when he was working in St. Petersburg, and we had talked a lot of sports.

  • WPD chief marks 40 years in law enforcement

    Forty years ago, a young college graduate took a job with a life insurance company in Baltimore. After seven months, he says he was "bored to tears."

    That led him to the Marine Patrol in Maryland, where he started a career that would eventually bring him to Williston as the police chief.

    Daniel M. Davis talked recently about his career, and the things he has seen change over his four decades in law enforcement.

  • A day at the airport

    The Recreational Fest and Aviation Fly Market sponsored by the city of Williston and the Williston Airport was held last weekend at the airport. Crowds got to see the planes and antique cars on display, take plane rides, see Sheriff Office demonstrations and enjoy some good food served up in the hangar.

  • Radio system still needs work

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request from Fire Chief John Ward to apply for a matching grant to improve radio service in parts of the county where hand-held radios are failing.

    A request to apply for a $561,655 grant, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays 90 percent and Levy County pays 10 percent, was unanimously approved at a special County Commission meeting on the evening of March 25.

  • 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.