Today's News

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    "Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see!" This old saying came back to me full force when I walked into a local store in time to hear the cashier parrot what a previous customer told her. She said that starting immediately the government was going to deduct $100 per paycheck to pay for the new health care bill. She was still upset even after I tried to convince her it was a lie. Why are people so willing to believe rumors instead of checking the facts?

  • Money to go for recreation

    Levy County children who do not participate in athletic leagues but join in recreation programs will be the beneficiaries of a change in the county’s recreation funds policy.

    The County Board of County Commissioners approved the policy change to allow the $60,000 annual budget — $12,000 per commissioner, to be spent on more than athletic activities by a 3-1 vote. Commission Chair Nancy Bell cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Marsha Drew, who initiated discussion several months ago to change the policy, was absent from Tuesday’s meeting due to illness.

  • JBES names honor roll students

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School announces the honor roll for the third nine weeks:

    A Honor Roll – First Grade

    Chorvat: Victoria Dosey

    Coleman: Anthony Griffith, James Loock, Carol Pudlo

    Cooper: Sarah Dykstra

    Griffith: Eli Davis, Delaney Holcomb, Kayla Munden

    Hogle: Narisa Ali, Abigail Carey, Zachary Chism, Silas Jacobs, Amari Robinson

    Milton: Carter Boyd, Alexis Dillard, Abigail Lowrimore, Maclayne McGowan, Adam Sistrunk

    Odom: Della Bird, Chase Eschbach, Trinity Peacock, Ryan Staley,

  • Group Study Exchange tours Williston

    All people from India are not snake charmers nor do they ride magic carpets or use elephants as their main form of transportation.

    That was the humorous finale of a presentation made Tuesday to Williston Rotary Club by the Group Study Exchange from Andrahra Pradesh, India.

    The five-member group, consisting of a dancer, a scientist, a tourism coordinator and two businessmen, is part of a Rotary exchange where Rotarians learn about other places and cultures.

  • National Day of Prayer Observances

    The National Day of Prayer events are scheduled on the first Thursday in May usually at the flag poles of government buildings.

    A group will meet at the Levy County Courthouse at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 6 to circle the flag pole.   Bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas.

    If you have any questions, contact Juanita at (352)339-0747, president of Christian Coalition of North Central Florida.

    People in the Williston community will gather Thursday, May 6 at noon at the city pavilion in Heritage Park to observe National Day of Prayer.


  • Williston Police Report

    Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Curtis Callen Smith, 60, of Newberry was charged April 19 with retail theft when he allegedly took items from Hitchcock’s.

    • Michael A. Washington, 28, of Archer was arrested for leaving the scene of a traffic crash and driving with a suspended license April 24.

    Arrested on outstanding warrants were: Alfred James Irving, 20, of Gainesville; Jeremiah Sampson, 18, of Williston; Tina Marie Watson, 27, of Williston and Stephani Soraci, 34, of Layfaette.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, May 15

    Watermelon Festival

    The 65th Annual Newberry Watermelon Festival is Saturday, May 15 and organizers are looking for contestants 0-23 years of age for the annual Watermelon Pageant.

    Contact Lisa Hughes, Pageant Director, at 352-354-5385 or visit www.newberrywatermelonfestival.com for an application. 

    Friday, May 28

    WHS 2000 Reunion

  • Hunn’s grand slam moves team to quarterfinals

    The Williston Lady Devils had built a 4-0 lead through five innings against a stubborn Crystal River Lady Pirates team.

    The Lady Pirates scored their lone run in the top of the sixth inning on a wild pitch, starting a rally. But they would have to finish the rally in the last inning as another excellent defensive play this time by second baseman Kayla Thorrington ended the inning.

  • District Champs!

    The 17-3 Williston Lady Red Devil Softball team again won the District 5 3A Championship Thursday evening at host Santa Fe. The Lady Devils and the Lady Raiders split during the regular district season each claiming 1-run victories.

    The game for the championship was another nail biter as the two teams battled to another 1-run game, with the Lady Devils coming from behind, pulling off a 2-1 win.

  • Senior Night win for baseball team

    The Williston Red Devils scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the senior night game against Vanguard into an inning for the 9-8 win.

    Leading 3-1 after five innings, the Red Devils allowed Vanguard 6 runs in the top of the sixth inning giving Vanguard a 7-3 lead.

    The Red Devils answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning pulling to within one run of Vanguard at 7-6.

    The Red Devils scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning sending the game to the extra eighth inning locked at 7-7.