Today's News

  • Great game, but Palatka triumphs

    GAINESVILLE -- It was one of those high school baseball games that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way. It was great pitching on both sides, and you just kept waiting for a break.

    Unfortunately for Williston, that break went Palatka’s way.

    The Panthers knocked off Williston, 5-0, last Friday night in a thriller in what was billed as the Alachua County Tournament at Gainesville High School.

    They didn’t need speed-up rules in this one, as it took exactly 89 minutes to play the seven-inning contest.

  • Softball team tops Dixie

    The Williston Lady Red Devils have changed their batting order, changed a few player positions and on Tuesday April 7, the Dixie County Lady Bears fell to the Red Devils 10-2.

    Laurrin Howard took the mound for the Red Devils and gave up just four hits, striking out six, and received help from freshman catcher Kaitlyn Bannon. Bannon gunned down two Bears trying to steal second base, to break up scoring threats.

  • Red Devil Challenge starts April 13

    The Williston High School baseball team will host the 7th Annual “Red Devil Challenge” baseball tournament April 13-15.

    “This tournament is used to get ready for the district tournament and the state playoffs” said Coach Jim Smith, now in his 13th season as head coach of the Red Devils.

    WHS currently has a 13-3 record and 9-0 in district play. They also have a 33 game winning streak in district games played at home and have clinched the regular season district championship for the fifth consecutive year.

  • Tiffany Poupard funeral is Saturday

     Tiffany Linda Poupard age 29 of Dunnellon, FL passed away all too suddenly on March 31, 2009. She was born on September 2, 1979 in Ocala, FL to Mark and Evelyn Poupard. She had lived in Williston, FL most of her life and had just moved to Dunnellon, Fl six months ago. She was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. She graduated from Williston High School in 1998.

  • Devils assured of top seed in district baseball

    Williston High School’s baseball team cemented its hold on the top seed in the district standings with an emotional 7-4 win over Fort White on Tuesday night.

    The win left the Red Devils with a 9-0 district mark, with only a game at Chiefland in nine days coming before the tournament. They have been assured of the top seed for the event.

    Damon Ming pitched into the fifth inning, but had to work his way out of trouble in each frame.

  • Williston Middle wins baseball title again

    FORT WHITE -- Time ran out on the undefeated Lake Butler Tigers middle school baseball team at Fort White Thursday evening.

    The Tigers were the number one seed going into the SMSAC tournament and were riding an undefeated regular season.

    The Williston Middle School Red Devils had lost to the Tigers by big numbers in their two regular season meetings.

    After downing Chiefland Middle School 9-0 the Red Devils were set to play in the championship game against the undefeated Tigers.

  • Stamper pitches gem as Red Devils win

    It was nearly a perfect game for Lady Red Devil Pitcher Tori Stamper as she faced just 12 batters in order in the first four innings recording five strike outs and not allowing a ball hit out of the infield or a single base runner.

  • Sports calendar


    High School Softball

    Williston vs. Cantonment Tate, 9 p.m. (at Kissimmee Klassic)

    High School Baseball

    Williston at Gainesville, 7 p.m. (Alachua County Tournament)


    High School Baseball

    Williston vs. Palatka, 7 p.m. (at Gainesville, Alachua County Tournament)


    High School Weightlifting

    Sectional tournament at Fort White, 9 a.m.


    High School Softball

    Dixie County at Williston, 7 p.m. (JV at 5)

    High School Baseball

  • Running red lights? Get ready to "smile"

    Signs have been posted and cameras installed. Red light-running violators will be cited in Williston in the near future. The city recently signed an agreement with Traffipax, Inc. The company installed the system, at no cost to the city, and will take care of all administrative activities. The company’s income from the system comes from a percentage of each of the fines paid.

    The installation of the red-light cameras in Williston has been met with some confusion as to how they work what the criteria are for a citation being issued.

  • Can someone be too old to drive?

    Thirty years ago, if I had tried to write a column like this, I would have been labeled a “young whippersnapper” or worse.

    But now that I’m older and it could affect me in the not-too-distant future, it’s a question that has to be asked:

    When is a person too old to drive?

    I have some personal experience in this. When my mother died in 1997, my dad was 81.

    When we got to Ocala, there were funeral arrangements to be made, so we got in dad’s car (at his insistence) and drove to the funeral home downtown.