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Today's News

  • WES recyclers reap rewards

    More than 26,000 cans won't be filling up Levy County's landfill this fall, thanks to Williston Elementary School student Kanyon Arban and a handful of other environmentally conscious students.

    Kanyon, a fourth-grader in Teri Dixon's class, garnered the top prize as the top recycler for the fall with more than 10,000 cans. The recycling project, sponsored by the WES Student Council, will fund the purchase of aluminum picnic tables for the school.

  • Fifth-grader wins WES spelling bee

    Finally! Fifth grader Molly Brisendine brought home the gold at the recent Williston Elementary School spelling bee (fifth grade only). "I really studied. My parents [Lynn and Garrett] and my sister Lindsay called out the words," said Molly, a student in Tracy Kirby's class. "Wholesome" and "sensation" were the two winning words for Molly, who had competed all three years at WES and tied for first last year as a fourth grader.

  • A soldier's homecoming: Mixson back for holidays

    Catlin Mixson is home for the holidays.

    The 21-year-old Williston native, who was severely wounded in Iraq when an IED struck a Humvee in which he was riding, has been in recovery and rehab in Texas since being moved there after the September incident.

    At Gainesville Regional Airport, Mixson's homecoming was crowded and festive. Thanks to the efforts of Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith, the immediate family was able to greet Mixson on the tarmac.

  • Baseball team sponsors shoot-out at Rhino

    Williston High School's baseball team is sponsoring the first Red Devil Shoot-Out, Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rhino Outdoors on U.S. Highway 27 outside of Williston hearing toward Ocala.

    There will be a high individual prize and high score team prize for four-person teams. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.

    Entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team, and that includes lunch, per 100 12 ga. shot. There is an additional charge for 20 ga.

  • WYAA sets spring signups

    Spring sports registration for the Williston Youth Athletic Association will be held on four dates in January:

    Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    To register, each player will need a $75 registration fee and a copy of their birth certificate.

    Registration is for t-ball, soccer, baseball and softball. Ages are 5-6 for t-ball, 7-14 for the other sports.

    For information call Cathy 528-4487, Mari 528-4329, Troy 494-7927 or Lee 528-4563.

  • Sports calendar

    THURSDAY, DEC. 27

    High School Basketball

    Williston girls vs. Longwood Lyman, 1:30 p.m. (at Belleview tournament, first of three days)

    Williston boys vs. Wesley Chapel, 4 p.m. (at Trinity Catholic tournament, first of three days)

    SATURDAY, JAN. 5

    High School Basketball

    Williston boys vs. Orlando Bishop Moore (at Dante Anderson Memorial Shootout at Eastside, 3:30 p.m.)

    High School Soccer

    Gainesville St. Francis at Williston girls, noon

    MONDAY, JAN. 7

    High School Basketball

    Williston girls at Chiefland, 7 p.m.

  • Soccer team booted by P.K.

    Red Devil soccer fell to P.K. Yonge 6-2 on Friday night. The game was a physical match between the young Red Devil squad and the veteran Blue Wave team.

    The Red Devils' senior captain Susie Smith was out with an ankle injury, and senior captain Abby Rodriguez was out for most of the game when she hurt her knee in the first half. The young Devils struggled in the first half, going to the break down 5-0, but came back with a strong effort in the second half, scoring two goals while only allowing P.K. one score.

  • Girls split in district

    For the Williston girls, the past week produced one good district win, and another game they'd rather not talk about.

    With two starters out, the Red Devils defeated Fort White, 71-49, but then had to go to P.K. Yonge on Thursday, and the result was a 101-28 loss.

    WILLISTON 71, FORT WHITE 49: The local girls gradually pulled away from the Indians, despite the absence of Margaret Brown (injured arm) and Kim Dobbins (injured foot).

  • Win over P.K. was week's highlight

    Coming off a stunning win against P.K. Yonge last week, Williston High School's boys defeated Fort White on Friday night, but then saw their winning streak snapped Monday by Newberry.

    WILLISTON 57, P.K. YONGE 54: The Devils stunned the North Central Florida basketball world Thursday night with a 57-54 win over P.K. Yonge in a battle of two unbeaten teams.

    It was believed to be P.K.'s first district loss in seven years. The Blue Wave were ranked fourth in the Class 3A poll.

  • House damaged by fire

    Williston Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire on Dec. 10 two miles north on CR 241 off Alt Hwy 27. On arrival Williston Fire units reported a log cabin style home with flames and heavy smoke coming from the roof. The on scene officer requested immediate assistance for water tankers and engines for Bronson, Morriston and Alachua County Fire Departments. Due to the homeowner calling 911 quickly and hard efforts of all firefighters the home should be able to be rebuilt even though the home had heavy damage to the roof.