Today's News

  • Girls defeat Chiefland, Newberry

    The Williston girls basketball team came up with a big win last week, knocking off district rival Chiefland, 54-29.

    It was a rough game with technical fouls, a lot of glaring and some post-game confrontations. But the key was that Chiefland was playing without its star point guard, and the aggressive Red Devils were too much for the Indians to handle.

  • Devils defeat Dixie

    The Williston boys basketball team finally got another chance to be on the court Tuesday night, and despite the rust came away with a district win, 60-52, over Dixie County.

    The team travels to Dunnellon Saturday night for a girls-boys doubleheader.

    Williston had a game with Newberry postponed last week because the Panthers were in the football playoffs that night.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    We all take pride in our children and consider them our most precious resource. Unfortunately because of their built-in trust of people and vulnerability, children are popular targets for drug dealers, child molesters and many other criminals. Starting at an early age, we must educate our children on personal safety and reinforce their trust in adults who care for them like parents, police and teachers. Encourage your children to confide in you, even when the topic makes them feel uncomfortable.

  • Felony convictions from November

    The following people were convicted of felonies in Levy County Circuit Court during the month of November.

    These names have been provided to the Levy County Supervisor of Elections. Convicted felons are not allowed to vote in Florida or to possess a firearm until their civil rights are restored for those purposes.

    * Michael P. Alumbaugh, 46, of Bronson, possession of marijuana, producing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver.

    * Adam Bergdoll, 19, of Hernando, larceny.

  • Levy County Sheriff's reports

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office announces the following arrests:

    John H. Peyregne, 17, of Cedar Key was arrested Nov. 26 for possession of a firearm on school grounds. Cedar Key Chief Bubba Castell contacted School Resource Officer Sean McMullen, who recovered a loaded 30.06 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a shotgun. It is a felony to possess a firearm on school grounds.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department announces the following arrests:

    *Shavonte T. Johnson, 19, of Southeast Second Avenue, Williston, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering or removing a firearm serial number after he was found in an area where Pfc. Charles Strachan was assisting the Sheriff's Office in a battery case. In the report the officer says he searched the suspect for the officer's safety and found the weapon, which was not loaded, but the serial number had been scraped and was unreadable.

  • Horses need better care

    Letter to the editor

    I have read Cheri McDemott's letter on the 18 Arabians that were removed from their life of neglect and abuse from their owners and sent back to hell. What kind of animal protection laws is this legal system enforcing?

  • Bombarded by modern technology

    We've been bombarded by technology from all sides recently, and some of it has not gone smoothly, as many readers are aware.

    If you're reading this in print, I'm quite happy, because it means we got the newspaper out this week on a new technological system.

    If you're reading this online, then I'm happy, because with all the Web site problems it's the little things, like getting stories on there in a timely fashion, that please us.

  • Sawmill gets OK for 24-7 operation

    A sawmill that makes pine shavings received a unanimous vote of approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners for a special exception amendment Dec. 4 to let it run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The Derby Gold mill received its first special exception on Jan. 2. The Dec. 3 amendment changes the hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 24 hours a day.

    Derby Gold Pine Shaving has been operating for approximately five years in the Williston area. Its wood-shaving machinery is completely enclosed now to reduce sound.

  • County News Digest

    Sex business ordinance set for approval

    BRONSON - The Levy County Board of County Commissioners may approve a new ordinance related to sexually oriented businesses, according to Levy County Attorney Anne Brown.

    The meeting to consider adopting the new ordinance is slated for Dec. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m.

    The county attorney and others have been working on the ordinance for about two years, according to Levy County Coordinator Freddie Moody. The ordinance can be adopted at this meeting, Brown said.

    County approves letter against GRU choice