Today's News

  • Dedication of park is Saturday

    The public is invited to attend the formal dedication of the Johnny T. Henry Celebration Park on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m.

    The park, at Northwest First Avenue and Northwest Fourth Street, contains facilities for everyone, from toddlers, who love the brightly colored gym equipment, to adults, who take advantage of shuffleboard and volleyball courts and the walking trail. It has become a popular gathering place for many people in the community.

  • Community calendar

    Saturday, December 15

    *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.

    *SHARE Distribution, 9-10 a.m., Williston Lions Club, Contact Elsie Neal 528-5709.

    Monday, December 17

    *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.

  • Light Up Williston is held

    At the annual Light Up Williston event last Friday evening, Mayor Gerald Hethcoat reminded residents how cold it had been during the ceremonies the previous year.

    No such problem this time.

    On a beautiful Florida night, the annual parade and the lighting of the decorations in Linear Park drew large crowds to the downtown area on Dec. 7.

    Hethcoat gave a welcoming speech, asking the crowd who knew what special day it was. Bradley Perkins, 9, had the right answer: "Pearl Harbor remembrance day."

  • Master Gardener program accepting applications

    The Nature Coast Master Gardener program is accepting applications for enrollment.

    The program serves Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties. NCMG is directly affiliated with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Service through the extension offices in Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties.

    The goals of the UF/IFAS Master Gardeners program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of each county in Florida through horticulture volunteer activities.

  • Woman tries to care for dogs

    Letter to the editor

    We had been open for business for less than a week, hardly prepared for Nov. 19, when Kathleen, a financially strapped, lovely young mother of two young children, walked through our door with an emaciated, gaunt dog and a box full of faint whimpering noises. Three weeks ago, Kathleen started caring for a stray dog hanging around the house which now had eight puppies barely clinging to life due to malnutrition, dehydration, fleas, worms and ticks among other problems.

  • WHS JV tops Bears

    Williston High School's junior varsity got off to a quick start, then stalled a bit, before exploding in the fourth quarter to defeat Dixie County, 68-29, Tuesday night.

    The Devils outscored the visitors 27-7 in the final period as their constant pressure finally took a toll on the Bears.

    Tony James scored 15 points to lead the Red Devils, while Cody Brown had 10 and Jacques Edwards had nine.

    The JV takes on Chiefland at home next Tuesday evening.

  • Sports calendar


    High School Basketball

    Dixie County at Williston girls, 6 p.m.

    High School Soccer

    Fort White at Williston girls, 6 p.m.


    High School Basketball

    Williston girls at Dunnellon, 6 p.m.

    Williston boys at Dunnellon, 7:30 p.m.

    High School Soccer

    Williston girls at Ocala Vanguard, noon

    MONDAY, DEC. 10

    High School Basketball

    Trinity Catholic at Williston girls, 7 p.m.

    TUESDAY, DEC. 11

    High School Basketball

    Chiefland at Williston boys, 7:30 p.m. (JV at 6)

  • 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.