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Today's News

  • Horse Club helps cancer center

    The Levy County Horse Club held its seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit Trailride in October at Tidewater Trailhead in Goethe State Forest.

  • Bronson loses in tourney final

    The Bronson Eagles finished as runners-up in their own Holiday Tournament, after a slow start to beat Umatilla 68-41 and a strong 75-52 win against Middleburg. Facing a tough Dixie County team in the championship round, Bronson could not sustain a slim halftime lead and fell 52-51 after a brutal second half battle.

    "We didn't execute when we needed to, and we couldn't get defensive stops," said Bronson head coach Kelly Beckham.

    "We've got to be prepared to play against a good team like Dixie County - we've got to bring our 'A' game."

    Umatilla

  • Girls top Dunnellon for 7th place

    BELLEVIEW - The Williston girls took seventh place in their bracket in the Belleview tournament to benefit cancer research last week.

    Williston whipped Dunnellon, 65-50, after a couple of strange losses in the three-day event. The Devils lost the opener against Longwood Lyman, 63-33, then dropped a one-point decision to Pine Ridge.

    In the Lyman game, Williston played the Greyhounds almost even in the first, third and fourth quarters. But the Red Devils went stone cold in the second period, being outscored 24-0, enabling Lyman to coast the rest of the way.

  • Boys sixth in Trinity tourney

    OCALA - What really made Williston's sixth-place finish in the Papa John's boys basketball tournament at Trinity Catholic last week disappointing was the feeling of what might have been.

    The Devils lost the opening game, 58-52, to Wesley Chapel, which eventually went on to win the tournament, defeating Miami Washington and Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII for the championship.

    But in that first game the Devils came very close to a victory.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    What a traumatic experience, to be involved in a vehicle collision, but was it a true accident or was it a "staged collision"? There are some collisions that are "staged" and are "criminal conspiracies" where criminals intentionally place motorist and their passengers in harm's way by staging collisions for financial gain.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    A 39-year-old Williston man was arrested for felonious child abuse on Dec. 22.

    The victim and witness said Terence Bartges had been drinking most of the night before the deputy arrived at about 11:25 p.m., according to records.

  • Put Fair commitments on hold

    Just a few weeks ago, I wrote what a good time I had at the Levy County Fair.

    That really hasn't changed, but a few revelations about the financial condition of the Fair have put a new spin on things.

    Forget the legal problems; they should clear up. It's the fact that the Fair is in the red that should concern people, especially local governments.

    By the way, if you pledged money to the Fair Association to help with expenses, and you haven't lived up to you pledge, please do so. But that's another matter.

  • Bishop to visit church for dedication

    Holy Family Catholic Church, established in 1968, has completed its third renovation.

    There will be a Rededication and Blessing Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. Bishop Victor Galeone of the Diocese of St. Augustine will preside over the celebration. He will be rededicating the church that has been doubled in size as well as blessing two new buildings, including a new parish hall and a beautiful new Angel House.

    Also invited are Mayor Gerald Hethcoat, pastors of the local Churches, former pastors of Holy Family, and friends of the parish from outlaying areas.

  • Upcoming tax amendment explained

    First of four parts

    BRONSON - Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins recently provided the first of four informational releases to explain a ballot question set for the Jan. 29 election.

    Akins said that based on an average of 18 mills, a home valued at or above $75,000 would generate about $188.50 in savings if this proposed revision to the Florida Constitution is approved by voters.

    Akins performed more calculations to show actual savings at current millages for various parts of Levy County for the increased Homestead Exemption amendment.

  • Williston resident, 19, dies in wreck

    A 19-year-old from Williston was killed Monday when he apparently lost control of his car at the intersection of State Road 121 and County Road 316 south of the city.

    Ethan Monette was turning from 121 onto 316 when he hit a power pole.

    He had attended Williston High School and worked for a fencing company. He was heading toward a family New Year's Eve gathering.