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Today's News

  • Boys defeat Bronson

    Bronson boys basketball lost its opener at Williston, or, put another way, Williston won its first game against the visiting Eagles. The real winners at this 57-55 nailbiter were the fans.

    Back from a roller-coaster season that went below .500 until the break and culminated in a Sweet-16 appearance, the Eagles return almost everybody and look ready to take on their whole schedule.

    The Devils have had a revival of their own, with new head coach David Vespignani at the helm, and look like a team with a plan.

  • Girls win pair, lose to PK

    The Williston Lady Red Devils basketball team came up with two wins against private schools in the past week, both on the road, but then ran into powerful P.K. Yonge at home on Tuesday and fell to the Blue Wave.

    Williston defeated Trinity Catholic in a 58-56 thriller a week ago Tuesday, then went to Gainesville to knock off St. Francis, 50-40, on Monday of this week. Tuesday P.K. won, 92-62, as the girls put up a strong effort against the perennial powerhouse.

    The Devils play host to Chiefland Thursday, then travel to Newberry next Tuesday.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Hello and welcome to Your Sheriff?s Corner. In recent years, Law Enforcement has seen an emphasis placed on domestic violence awareness.

    There is good reason for this emphasis. It is a fact that many victims do not even report domestic violence incidents. There are many reasons for their silence.

    Two main reasons are that they one, fear the abuser, and two, are unaware of the community resources in place to help them.

  • Sheriff reports

    The following people were arrested as suspects in crimes. Until a person is convicted, they are presumed innocent.

    * Nacola M. Brown, 23, of Chiefland was arrested Nov. 16 for conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, child neglect and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Bond $22,500.

    * John Stevenson, 53, of Williston was arrested Nov. 17 for domestic aggravated battery. Bond $50,000.

    * Phillip T. Walker, 54, of Inglis was arrested Nov. 16 for driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Bond $2,000.

  • Landfill fees and the county

    Editor:

    It seems to me that Nancy Bell is working hard for the residents of this county, at times standing alone. The latest disagreement with fellow commissioners has been the landfill tipping increases. She was against the increase.

    Yes, it may have been a long time since there has been an increase. But, I agree it is ?too much at one time.?

  • Business wants stolen items back

    Editor:

    Citizens of Williston, Williston Sports needs your help.

    On Nov. 18 someone broke into our business and stole a substantial amount of paintball guns and accessories in broad daylight. By the way, we?re only two blocks away from the police department. This theft is devastating to our business and future as a business.

    A description of the suspects are as follows: a young white woman with blondish hair and bad acne on her face, 5 to 5 1/2 feet tall and possibly works or worked at a convenience store or restaurant nearby. I have a witness that can identify her.

  • Not related to murderer

    Editor:

    It has been almost three years since our son, Jacob Langworthy, was murdered. And it has come to our attention that some people here in Williston still think that the owners of Angelina Mia (Da Bronx), Tony and Mike Vuto, are related to our son?s murderer.

    We would like to let everyone know that Tony and Mika are not related or connected to the one who killed Jacob. We are regular customers there and we would hate for this rumor to continue.

    The Langworthy Family

    Williston

  • Killing in a Gainesville garage

    One of the things that bothers me is when I read something about a random act of violence and realize that it could have been me, or you, or a family member.

    Such was the case with a killing in Gainesville this past weekend.

    A young man from Tallahassee was killed at a downtown Gainesville parking garage.

    Some men were stopped and talking, and blocking the exit. He reportedly told the men to ?hurry up? so he could get out, and one of them walked up to the car and shot him.

  • City officials get raises

    The Williston City Council voted at its meeting last week to award both the city manager and the city clerk 2 percent merit increases. Each has already been awarded the standard 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) afforded to every city employee.

    Council president Debra Jones presented her synthesis of the performance evaluations of each of the charter officers. Based on the overall scores, the recommendations were that City Clerk Barbara Henson receive a 4 percent merit increase, and that City Manager Jim Coleman be granted a 3.5 percent merit increase.

  • Parade, Light-Up event are Dec. 7

    The Holiday season is just around the corner and the GFWC Williston Junior Woman?s Club is sponsoring the 6th Annual Williston Christmas Parade. The parade will begin on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. and will be the official start of the 2007 Light Up Williston Festivities. This year the parade theme is ?The Night Before Christmas.?

    Once Santa Claus arrives and brings the parade through town, he will be available for pictures near the pavilion.