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Today's News

  • Credit card fraud protection

    Credit card fraud is a serious problem. Credit card fraud causes an estimated $1 billion each year in losses in the United States. The consumer pays for the fraud by way of higher finance charges and annual fees. To protect against credit card fraud, consider the following:

    Protect Your Bills and Credit Cards:

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently arrested the following people. All people in the United States are presumed innocent of crimes until they are proved guilty in a court of law.

    * Zachary Allen Baggett, 16, of Bronson was arrested March 1 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft auto, theft, two counts of grand theft, armed burglary and three counts of burglary. The name of a juvenile charged with a felony in Florida can be published.

    * Wendy Barnhill, 35, of Williston was arrested March 1 for disorderly intoxication. Bond $500.

  • Williston police reports

    Arrests announced by the Williston Police Dept. include:

    * Rodrigo Sanchez, 42, of Alachua, no valid driver's license, after he was stopped for speeding.

    * Jason C. Lampos, 30, of Southeast First Street, Williston, domestic aggravated battery after an incident in his home with a pregnant woman.

    * Pebbles Y. White, 36, of Southeast 66th Place, Morriston, on an Alachua County warrant for fraud.

    * Priscilla Ann Meeks, 42, of Southeast Ninth Street, Williston, shoplifting, four packs of steaks at Hitchcock's.

  • Riot halted at youth camp

    Seven inmates at the Forestry Youth Camp in Inglis were charged after a disturbance on Monday, March 10.

  • About the Williston Airport

    Editor:

    My husband and I are private pilots and we frequently visit the Williston Airport. We enjoy visiting the airport because of its friendly atmosphere and have been involved in the annual activities.

  • Government and the sunshine

    Sunshine Week has arrived once again.

    No, that's not a weather report. It's the annual week where we make all people aware of their rights under open government. It started in Florida but has spread nationwide.

    This year the observance starts on March 16.

    Our state has two main "Sunshine Laws," one requiring open meetings and the other requiring open public records.

    Through the years, exemptions to these laws, especially public records, have climbed, and it's time for legislators to go back to the original intent, which was to make everything open.

  • The (horse) show must go on

    After days of stormy weather and a record 4-plus inches of rain, the opening weekend horse show at the Suwannee River Fair still went on.

    "We put down 52 loads of sand and eight loads of clay, and spent four days spreading it," said horse show organizer Holly Houghton.

    Despite the intensive preparation, participation was down at this year's horse show. Some participants said other prospective riders had stayed away because of the new rule requiring helmets to be worn.

  • Two face burglary charges

    Two late-night burglaries last week were allegedly solved by Williston Police with the apprehension of a man and a juvenile the following night.

    According to a report from the police, the City Barber Shop at 37 N. Main St. was burglarized at about 11 p.m. and a telephone was taken. About half an hour later a burglary took place at Williston Sports, where more than $2,000 worth of items were taken.

  • Upcoming events

    Relay barbecue

    The city of Williston is selling tickets for a barbecued pork sandwich with chips for $5 or barbecued pork sandwich dinner with beans and slaw or potato salad for $8. You can purchase your tickets at the City Hall.

    All proceeds will go to the city's Relay for life Team to benefit the American Cancer Society. Please come out and help support a worthy cause.

    The barbecue will be Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the City Hall.

    If you have any questions please contact the city at 528-3060.

    WYAA carnival

  • Florida Highwayman to visit library

    Friends of the Williston Public Library is pleased to announce that Al Black, an original Florida Highwayman, will appear at the library Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m.

    He will bring slides and some of his own paintings and talk about the early days of the Florida Highwaymen, a unique group of painters.

    At the program in January with Gary Newton, from The Humanities Council, Al Black's paintings were brought spontaneously by those who came to the program.

    Many local people have some of Mr. Black's artwork that they kindly shared with the rest of us in attendance.