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Today's News

  • Williston grad shines bright at UF

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Williston graduate and Florida freshman Austin Langworthy introduced himself to big-time college baseball in style this past weekend.

    The starting left fielder and relief pitcher went 4 for 9 (.444 average) in a three-game sweep of William & Mary in McKethan Stadium in Gainesville. He capped the opening weekend with a 3-for-4 performance on Sunday that included a home run and a ground-rule double. The left-hander also fanned a pair of Tribe batters and allowed three hits in 2 ⅔ innings on the mound.

  • WMHS girls lose squeaker in playoffs

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    The WMHS girls varsity team’s season unfortunately came to an end last week. They lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Lafayette.

    The game, played on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the WMHS gym was a defensive grinder all the way through.

    In the closing minutes, junior guard Destiny Haynes (#14) hit a three pointer to give the girls hope. But the team missed some key free throws down the stretch that ultimately cost them the game. The final score was 24-22 in favor of Lafayette.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Feb. 9, Kenneth A. Ash, 48, Bronson, DWLS – habitual. Bond $2,000.

    • Feb. 8, Rexford Lee Batten, 32, Inglis, VOP.

    • Feb. 10, Maria Del Rosario Becerra-Morales, 40, Dayton, Texas, no DL. Bond $500.

    • Feb. 10, Andrew Jacob Blanton, 30, Chiefland, threats. Bond $75,000.

    • Feb. 10, David Cabral, 24, Bronson, two counts touch or strike. Bond $50,000.

  • Happenings

     

    February

    Cowboy Bob At The Library

    As part of the Black Stallion Literacy Program Cowboy Bob and his Gyspy pony, Max will be visiting the Levy County Public Library System. Cowboy Bob will read stories around the campfire. Then each child at the program will get to visit with his real Gyspy pony, Max. The events are free to youth of all ages and their families.

    Cowboy Bob will be at the Williston Public Library 6 p.m. Feb. 22.

     

    CEE Meeting

  • Klines celebrate Golden Anniversary

    Darrell L. Kline and Mary P. Kline will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Monday, Feb. 20. The couple was married in Freehold, N.J.

    The Klines moved to Morriston in 1992.  They have four children: Lisa Jazikoff, Michael, Chris and Kevin Kline; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    Mr. Kline retired from Ford Motor Company and Mrs. Kline retired from the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Happenings

     

    February

    WWII Vets

    World War II Vets will meet Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Ivy House in Williston. This is open to all WW II vets, their spouses or caregivers.

    For more information, call Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310.

    Hunter Safety Course

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in February.

    Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

  • Council reviews city hall proposals

    Members of Williston City Council are now reviewing four proposals for the design and construction of a new city hall. The council hopes to evaluate and score the applicants in time to make a decision at the next council meeting, Feb. 21.

    Those vying for the opportunity to modernize city hall include BBI Construction, TWC, Parrish-McCall Constructors and Oelrich Construction.

    Council had planned to discuss the proposals Tuesday night, but City Attorney Fred Koberlein reminded them that the RFP said each contender would be scored.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s office reports the following arrests:

    • Jan. 30, Nelson Miguel Berrios, 24, Williston, DWLS. Bond $1,000.

    • Feb. 2, Johnny Michael Butler, 39, Cross City, two out of county warrants.

    • Feb. 2, Shawn Aaron Caruthers, 43, Chiefland, possession with intent to sell, manufacture, deliver Schedule III drugs, within 1,000 feet of specified area with Schedule I or II drugs. Bond $100,000.

    • Jan. 30, Kjuantavis Jamal Coffee, 22, Chiefland possession of marijuana over 20 grams. ROR.

  • Back-to-Back Champs

    By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    Last week was a big week for Williston hoops when the Williston High School girls' team took home their second consecutive district championship, while the boys went 2-0 and sent off an impressive senior class.

    After a first round bye, the girls started off the district tournament Feb. 2 against Fort White. The game, held in Hilliard, was not close, as the Devils won 76-42.

  • Pay raises dominate council meeting

    A resolution to bring the city of Williston's employees' salaries to a more competitive rate drew a myriad of emotions Tuesday that after an hour of discussion resulted in a split council vote.

    In a 2-3 vote with Councilmen Kori Lamb, Charles Goodman and Elihu Ross opposed to a blanket pay increase, the resolution died but not after almost everyone spoke his mind.

    City Clerk Fran Taylor and City Manager Scott Lippmann presented a salary comparison chart of 13 different municipalities.