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Today's News

  • Sgt. Velez needs your help

    In March of this year, Sgt. Francisco "Frank" Velez was diagnosed with sepsis, which in turn severely damaged his liver.

    Velez is now waiting on a transplant at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

    Family members have created a GoFundMe account to help offset the expenses related to the surgery, as well as traveling between Florida and Minnesota.

    Without the transplant, Velez's life expectancy is 3-18 months, according to Michael Juliao, who created the account.

  • STATE CHAMPS!

    By Sean Arnold

    Chiefland Citizen

    Williston baseball coach Jim Smith said his team hung its hat all season on pitching and defense. Those facets came through strong at the most important time, as the Red Devils captured the Class 1A State Championship, beating county rival Chiefland 4-2 on May 23 at CenturyLink Sports Complex - Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

    It’s the third state title in baseball for Williston (20-9) in six years, after back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015. The school also won a title in 1923.

  • Give them shelter

    Dog lovers in and around Williston kicked off a public fundraising campaign last week to heighten awareness and solicit donations for a new no-kill animal shelter.

    About 70 people participated in a luncheon in Williston's Community Center to generate some of the $50,000 that is still needed to fund the $300,000 project that will be located near the Williston Municipal Airport.

    Bob Levesque, president of the non-profit Levy Animal Friends (LeAF), organized the event and served as its host.

  • Love One Another

    Despite the belief from many that we live in perilous times, the hope in God for deliverance was in full force during Williston's National Day of Prayer commemoration on May 2.

    Organized by Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson and Latricia Wright, 50-75 people attended the annual event held the second Tuesday of May since 1952.

    Williston Church of God Pastor Wes Smith delivered the keynote address, expounding on this year's theme, "Love One Another."

    "Love is the key," Smith said, "for a child of God."

  • If these walls could talk

    “Memories…pressed between the pages of my mind.” This lyric could not be more true for the more than 350 Williston High School alumni, family and friends who showed up on a recent spring morning in April to take a final walk-through of the buildings where they received their first 12 or 13 years of formal education.

  • Boys to Men

    Every Thursday Timothy Donald rises early in his Jacksonville home, goes into work, gets things settled there and then sets out for Williston. It's a two-hour drive each way but he does it.

    Every. Single. Thursday.

    And while Williston was his first home, he's not coming to visit family, tour old stomping grounds or look up friends.

    Instead, he heads toward Williston Middle High School where he will, for a little more than an hour, talk real – very real – to 12-13 young men.

  • Levy County's history now online

    In 1975, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners considered how Levy County could participate in the 1976 National Bicentennial Celebration to mark 200 years of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Step forward retired Levy County high school teacher and historian, Sidney Gunnell.

  • Police Officer/Firefighter of the Year

     

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  • Chamber names Businesses of the Year

    It was a salute to the U.S. of A. and all of her 50 states Saturday evening as the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Banquet and Installation of Officers.

    Revolving around the theme, "My America!", chamber members and their guests donned the red, white and blue, or outfits that paid tribute to the lands of their birth during the evening that honored the Chamber's 2018 Businesses of the Year.

    Turning Point Fitness was named New Business of the Year, signifying a business that has been in operation three years or less.

  • Dunnellon pastor throws hat in ring for state representative

    By Jeff Bryan

    editor@riverlandnews.com

    Russ Randall has worn numerous hats, but come November 2020, if it’s God’s will, he says, he’ll add another one to the rack: that being state representative.