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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Festival at airport is Saturday

    The city of Williston along with the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its third annual Williston Airport Recreational Fest & Fly Market.

    It will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, March 30.

    Admission is $2 per person and parking is free. No food or backpacks will be allowed. Food will be sold inside the gates. Vendors and Fly-Market dealers will be admitted at 8 a.m. for setup.

    The event will be held at the Williston Airport on Southwest 19th Avenue, just off SR 121 South.

  • WHS tops Chiefland in key district baseball game

    Williston rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat Chiefland, 11-5, in a high school baseball game Thursday night.

    The result leaves each team with one district loss as they have split their district season series. If both teams win out and finished tied, a coin toss will decide the top seed. Either way, one of these teams will be seeded first and the other second.

  • WHS boys pick up three district wins

    By Jim Clark

    Editor

    With a 6-1 record in the district, the Williston baseball team is ready for a rematch with the team on top.

    The Red Devils play host to Chiefland (7-0) tonight (Thursday) in a key district contest.

    Williston picked up three wins in the past few days, including a 6-5 win over P.K. Yonge (see story below), a 10-0 whitewash of Fort White and an 8-1 win on the road at Dixie County Tuesday.

  • Girls defeat P.K. Yonge

    The Williston Lady Red Devils defeated P.K. Yonge 11-3 on Tuesday night. The Lady Red Devils brought out the bats and avenged an early-season loss to the Blue Wave in a big way. They scored 11 runs on 12 hits. Simone Cannady led the way with an inside-the-park home run. Margaret Brown also joined in the hit parade with three hits, along with three runs scored; she also made some sparkling fielding plays during the game. Senior Heather Porter pitched the first five innings, striking out four P.K. batters, and Tori Stamper pitched two scoreless innings to preserve the win.

  • No charges in fair check case

    Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone said on March 14 that his office would not prosecute Bob Levesque for check fraud in regard to an instance four months ago.

    Levesque was the president of the Levy County Fair Association when he wrote a $2,000 check on the association's account to cover a payment due to Robinson's Racing Pigs. He wrote the check on Nov. 13, 2007, according to the victims.

    Restitution was made to pig owners Randall and Sharon Ross of Fort White, Cervone said.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently arrested the following people.

    * William Alan Lancaster, 24, of Chiefland was arrested March 12 for grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property. Bond $20,000.

    * Jesse Bryan Balogh, 20, of Chiefland was arrested March 12 for dealing in stolen property. Bond $1,000.

    * John Andrew Flynn, 30, of Bronson was arrested March 12 for burglary of a vehicle and petit theft. Bond $3,500.

    * Debbie Hammonds Bouchard, 51, of Williston was arrested March 11 for grand theft auto. Bond $5,000.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Dept. announced the following arrests:

    Marty Eugene Days Sr., 44, of Williston Arms Drive, was charged by officer Michael Bracaglia with felony domestic battery after Days allegedly punched a female victim in the eye.

    William Joseph Schafer, 48, of Southeast 179th Place, and Andrea Lynn Phillips, 23, of the same address, were arrested at Williston Arms and charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia after being found in a car parked at that location.

  • Lottery and school funding

    Like many Floridians, I play the lottery, usually Lotto. I don't go overboard with the amount I spend, and occasionally I win a few bucks.

    When you see a report such as the one the Florida Lottery put out last weekend, though, it makes you think.

    In an insert in many Sunday newspapers throughout the state, lottery officials published an eight-page, full-color report of how much money has been spent on education from lottery proceeds.