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Today's News

  • Tornado season is here

    "Prepare and stay aware! The Florida spring tornado season is upon us," Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson said on Feb. 6.

    The day before, dozens of tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing more than 50 people and injuring hundreds of others, according to reports.

    Know the threat of hazardous weather exists, Johnson said. Prepare for potential problems caused by these climactic events, he said, by having a weather radio and a disaster kit. Know what to do when dangerous weather strikes, he added.

  • Upcoming events

    Relay for Life Valentine Dinner

    The Relay for Life team at the First United Methodist Church will host a Valentine Dinner on Feb. 14.

    This local night out for you and your Valentine provides a complete Prime Rib (dessert and beverage included) dinner and shows your support for a worthy cause. Tickets are $20 per person. Call the church office 528-3636 to make your holiday reservations.

  • Community calendar

    Saturday, February 16

    Williston Green Clovers, Juniors 4H Club, 9 a.m., Methodist Church, Williston, 213 W. Noble Ave.

    Gospel Sing, 1:30 p.m., Highland Baptist Church, Morriston on CR 326 just east of SR 121.

    Monday, February 18

    AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

  • 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.