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Today's News

  • Girls second in district, visit Lake Butler Thursday

    The Williston girls finished second in the Class 3A, District 5 basketball tournament last week, and will travel to Lake Butler to face Union County this Thursday.

    The second-seeded team knocked off Newberry, 67-46, in the semifinals, then fell to P.K. Yonge 65-45 on Saturday in what got to be a nasty district final.

    In Friday's game, Williston let Newberry hang around for quite a while before pulling away in the second half.

  • Bronson alumni game rescheduled

    The Bronson Grand Slam Booster Club will be hosting a baseball clinic and an alumni baseball game on Feb. 16 after being postponed on Jan. 19 due to weather. The game will be played at the high school field starting at 5 p.m.

    Prior to the game, a baseball clinic will be conducted by Mike Pogue, head baseball coach. The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A registration fee of $20 will be required for the clinic and lunch will be provided for participants.

    Registration fee for the alumni game is $25.

  • Sports Calendar

    TUESDAY, FEB. 12

    High School Baseball

    Ocala Vanguard at Williston, 7 p.m.

    High School Softball

    Williston at Ocala Forest, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Crystal River at Williston, 4 p.m.

    THURSDAY, FEB . 14

    High School Basketball

    Interlachen at Williston boys, 7 p.m.

    High School JV Baseball

    Trinity Catholic at Williston, 6 p.m.

    High School Softball

    Dixie County at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Tennis

    Williston at Lecanto, 4 p.m.

    FRIDAY, FEB. 15

    High School Baseball

  • Girls defeat Dunnellon

    The Williston girls tuned up for the district basketball tournament last weekend with a Senior Night victory over Dunnellon, 65-32.

    The team finished with a 17-8 record, 8-2 in the district, and will play Friday at 6 p.m. at Newberry in the district semifinals. The championship game is Saturday night.

    Senior Margaret Brown had a powerful double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to control the frontcourt game for the Devils.

    Kaetta Jackson and Kim Dobbins each had 10 points.

  • Boys win on Senior Night

    Williston's boys are in the middle of mop-up week, the time between regular season district competition and the post-season, which starts next week at home.

    But Coach David Vespignani says his team has some unfinished business this week, and they've already taken care of part of it.

    First, though, came Senior Night last week against Dunnellon, and the Devils knocked off the Tigers once more, 65-59.

    It was a night to send the seniors off, and Vespignani says one of the goals is never to lose on Senior Night.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    People arrested by officers with the Levy County Sheriff's Office recently included the following individuals. Any person charge with a crime is presumed innocent until a court rules he or she is guilty.

    * Matthew Goins, 16, of Chiefland was arrested Jan. 22 on two counts of burglary, one count of larceny and one count of petit theft. A juvenile who is charged with a felony in Florida can have his or her name published in the newspaper. Bond $90,000.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department announced the following arrests:

    * Sadie Mae Harris, 48, of Rt. 1, Williston, was charged with misdemeanor retail theft after she was allegedly observed taking $58 worth of merchandise at Family Dollar.

    * Kenneth Earl Oswalt, 31, of Southwest Eighth Place, The Arbours, was charged with midemeanor violation of injunction.

    * Keith W. Frasier, 46, of Northeast 10th Street, was charged with vilation of probation for possession of paraphernalia on a Levy County warrant.

  • Catching up on a few things:

    PAYING FOR ACCIDENTS: A few weeks ago we had an interesting discussion in Williston about having accident victims pay for the cost of having police answer the calls. That drew a large outcry from city folks who say they already pay through taxes, and also from those who might not be at fault in the accidents.

    Last week out of the Ocala City Council meeting came a plan that addresses both of those concerns.

    Ocala is working with the company Cost Recovery to recover the costs of police response to accidents, taking into account the complaints listed above.

  • City sets parade rules

    Are you planning a parade or a celebration that will require any of the streets of Williston to be closed off or patrolled by local law enforcement?

    If so, start planning early. And make the first item on your "to-do" list getting the proper permits and agreements from the city.

    At a recent meeting, WPD Chief Dan Davis asked the city council to require a minimum 30-day notification of any event that requires street closing and special policing. The council agreed to his request.

  • CRA discusses downtown

    Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency lacked a quorum at its Monday meeting, but the attending members discussed upcoming business nonetheless.

    The CRA's Feb. 11 meeting is to be conducted as a workshop to produce an updated plan. The CRA had agreed with David Connolly, Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council Senior Planner, that the document, produced in 2002, was in need of revision, based on progress thus far and on costs of materials and services which have, of course, risen since the inception of the plan.