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Today's News

  • Upcoming events

    First-graders set patriotic program

    The first-grade classes of Joyce Bullock Elementary will present a program of historical and patriotic music titled "America, Forever Free," Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Williston High School auditorium.

    The program with the general theme of freedom, features Native American songs, early American songs, a song sung by African American slaves, as well as some beautiful patriotic selections. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy these young performers as they celebrate the freedom of our wonderful country.

  • Wild Observations

    These February days outside are full of movement, a visual dance of changes. Have you noticed the amount of dry leaves falling from live, laurel and other evergreen oaks? Buds on these trees begin the unfolding of new fresh leaves to replace the old fallen ones. The pine trees release pollen that moves through the air, resting in yellow powder on receiving surfaces. Only the turkey oak leaves, jagged-edged and brown, remain on their branches longer into spring. The movement of wind causes these dry leaves to rustle insistently.

  • Community Calendar

    Monday, February 25

    * 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.

    * Williston Single Seniors Social Club (for people 55 plus), 6:30 p.m., Billy Jack's Restaurant, call Alan Lovine 495-1294 or Ruth Parker 528-6094 for more information.

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

    * 4-H meeting, Maggie Pogue, 6 p.m., 528-5221.

    Tuesday, February 26

  • JBES honors bus riders

    Joyce Bullock Elementary students started the year off right by demonstrating positive behaviors on the bus in January.

  • Devils lose in boys regional

    It didn't take long to find out how Tuesday's basketball game was going to go.

    P.K. Yonge jumped out to an 18-point lead and held off a determined Williston team to take a 51-37 win in the Class 3A, Region 2 semifinals at Williston.

    The win ends the Devil boys basketball season at 21-8. After defeating Wildwood on Saturday P.K. Yonge moves on to play Wednesday at Lakeland in the state semifinal against Fort Myers Dunbar.

  • Sports calendar

    THURSDAY, FEB. 21

    High School JV_Baseball

    Santa Fe at Williston, 6 p.m.

    High School Softball

    Williston at North Marion, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    FRIDAY, FEB. 22

    High School Baseball

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

    High School Softball

    Williston at P.K. Yonge, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    TUESDAY, FEB. 26

    High School Baseball

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

    High School Softball

    Fort White at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Williston at West Port, 4 p.m.

    WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27

  • Bronson falls in district final

    Following Bronson's district semi-final win over Oak Hall, top seeded Hawthorne polished off fourth seeded host Lafayette Mayo for the final matchup Saturday.

    Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Hornets hadn't lost anything since their most recent meeting three weeks ago, won by Hawthorne. The Hornets won the district championship 71-61 in double overtime with the help of sensational shooting by Jimmy Johnson and a war of attrition that saw the Eagles lose the invaluable Kelby Barber with just under two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

  • Girls lose in regional

    LAKE BUTLER - It was a dark and stormy night outside last Thursday, but the Williston girls basketball team couldn't transfer any of that lightning inside in its regional game against Union County.

    The Red Devils' season ended badly, as the team fell to the Tigers, 69-38, in the regional quarterfinals.

    The win sent Union County to P.K. Yonge Tuesday for a regional semifinal, but the Tigers' season ended also as they lost by 14 to the Blue Wave. P.K. plays at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando Friday for the right to go to the Final Four.

  • District titles have been few and far between

    Last year is just a memory now, as Williston prepares to enter into regional competition as the district champion.

    The Red Devils suffered a surprising loss to Newberry in the district semifinals last year. Newberry went on to lose to Interlachen in the first game of the regionals.

    At the same time, David Vespignani was finishing a stint as the junior varsity coach at Cape Coral down in Lee County, just west of Fort Myers. Eventually a coaching vacancy occurred up here, he applied and was hired.

  • Williston boys whip Interlachen

    Williston High School's boys are headed for the Class 3A, Region 2 semifinals after pounding visiting Interlachen, 67-29, Thursday night.

    The next game for the Devils will be Tuesday night at home against P.K. Yonge, which defeated Union County by 11 points Thursday night.

    WHS jumped out to a 19-6 first-quarter lead, and it was all downhill for the Rams after that. With a pressure defense and total dominance on the boards, Williston was never threatened.

    In the first half there were 11 fouls called against Williston and only one against the Rams.