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Today's News

  • Wild Observations

    I'll start my column with some lines from Mary Oliver. "The violets, along the river, are opening their blue faces, like small dark lanterns.

    The green mosses, being so many, are as good as brawny. How important it is to walk along, not in haste but slowly, looking at everything and calling out. To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."

    I agree with Mary Oliver. "To pay attention," in particular to nature, is a proper work. In the first week of February here's what I paid attention to.

  • Williston wins district boys title

    Williston High won the boys district basketball championship Saturday night with a 64-60 win over P.K. Yonge.

    The Red Devils will play a regional home game this Thursday at 7 p.m.against Interlachen.

  • Boys top Bronson in season finale

    As a late-season test before the district tournament, Bronson's home finale against Williston was a great workout for both teams.

    "I feel better now," said Williston head coach Dave Vespignani, following the Red Devils' 64-48 win over the Eagles.

    The Devils had been shocked the night before when a Trinity Catholic team that was in no way their superior beat them badly.

    Eagles head coach Kelly Beckham had also been waiting to see which Williston team emerged after that Trinity game.

  • Girls win softball opener

    When you're a leading scorer and rebounder on your high school's girls basketball team, and you're only two days away from a key regional game, how do you spend your time?

    If you're Margaret "Nana" Brown of Williston, you help your team to a 5-2 season-opening softball win.

    The senior all-state centerfielder drove in four runs with a single and an inside-the-park home run, and made a catch in deep left-center to help put down a Keystone Heights rally in the sixth inning.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The following people were arrested recently by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    * Elizabeth Robertson, 36, of Florida City was arrested Jan. 30 for three counts of possession of cocaine, three counts of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and violation of probation. No bond.

    * Jeffrey Phillip Light, 31, of Archer was arrested Jan. 31 for two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a specific minor. Bond $50,000.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Department announced the following arrests:

    * Tiffany Katara Sams, 27, of Northeast Ninth Street, Williston, was arrested on an Alachua County warrant for insufficient funds, check under $150.

    * Brittany P. Roberts, 20, of Williston Arms Drive, was arrested on an Alachua County warrant for violation of probation, fraud.

  • Convicted felons

    The following people were convicted of felonies in Levy County in January, according to court records.

    * Belinda Chavez Barraza, 21, of Chiefland, sale of cocaine and possession of cocaine.

    * Cynthia Glover Brown, 50, of Trenton, possession of cocaine.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    If you plan on traveling away to visit love ones please keep these tips in mind. Following a few simple crime prevention tips can help reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

  • The Devil, you say? Why not?

    Listen, carefully. I'm a member of the Audubon Society. I believe in the protection of birds. That's why I'm deeply offended by the nickname, Bronson Eagles. I demand that it be changed.

    Sound absurd? Of course it does. And I'm not really in the Audubon Society, although I did have a couple of parakeets when I was growing up.

    Worrying about school nicknames is, to me, a waste of time. There are far more important things to be concerned about.

  • Red Light photo plan advances

    There will be no charge for investigation of traffic accidents within the City of Williston, but those who run red lights may be photographed and issued citations.

    Those were the decisions of the city council at Tuesday evening's meeting.

    Ordinance 570, which would have levied a $175 charge on those involved in accidents, was repealed. The repeal was the result of the passage of Ordinance 576, for which council voted 3-2, with council president Debra Jones and councilman Cal Byrd dissenting.