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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Williston boys win district

    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.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    This program provides the marine community with the same benefits and protection that neighborhood watch does in other areas. The emphasis is on prevention and deterrence by practicing simple common sense precautions which reduces thefts, vandalism and other criminal activities. This is accomplished by:

    * Educating boat owners and the marine community to carry out simple crime prevention measures.

    * Encouraging all waterway users to develop a community spirit and report suspicious incidents.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The following people were arrested recently by the Levy County Sheriff's Office on the charges listed below.

    * Keith Frasier, 46, of Williston was arrested Feb. 4 for sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. Bond $35,000.

    * Victoria Lynne Lestertees, 30, of Trenton was arrested Feb. 4 for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and violation of probation. No bond.

    * Jennifer Mae Mason, 19, of Miami was arrested Feb. 5 for vehicle theft and larceny. Bond $10,000.

  • Home invasion suspects sought

    Three male suspects forcibly entered a residence on Northeast 35th Street in Williston, and committed the offenses of home invasion, attempted robbery and aggravated battery on Feb. 11, said Lt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    At 11:45 p.m., three suspects forcibly entered a residence at the Mack Apartments. There were three adult victims and four juveniles ranging from 3 months to 8 years old inside the residence.

  • Hospice of the Nature Coast

    Editor:

    Hospice of the Nature Coast is proud to be a member of the north central Florida community. Indeed, from the moment we began serving this area, your welcome couldn't have been filled with more warmth as the citizens of north central Florida recognize they now have a choice when it comes to the hospice and palliative care they wish to receive.

  • Holiday Hope thanks

    Editor:

    Holiday Hope wants to thank all our citizens, businesses, organizations, students and medical personnel for the help extended to us in 2007.

    Once again, with your help, we were able to see that approximately 350 local children had a Merry Christmas.

    This task could not have been achieved without your kindness, and willingness to become involved with helping children in our community. You are definitely the key to our success.

    Once again, thank you.

    Jean Bain

    Holiday Hope, Inc., president

  • Here's to watching people park

    You can have a lot of fun on Northwest First Avenue these days, watching people perform what has become a forgotten art: parallel parking.

    In its infinite wisdom, the city came along and authorized removal of all angle parking in front of the Williston Pioneer Sun News office and alongside City Hall. No action has been taken on the angle parking in front of the post office yet.

    The first people to get those spaces can easily coast in, as long as the first car moves all the way up to the front and then the spaces are filled in behind them.