Today's News

  • Golden Apples

    Good citizenship and acceptance of responsibilities are characteristics worthy of cultivation. Williston Elementary School salutes those students who have been recognized by their teachers, counselors, administrators and other school personnel for these exemplary qualities.

    Golden Apples for September and October are:

    Leann Taft, Mallory Jones, Connor McCoy, Austin Jones, Wyatt Carswell, Greg Days, Simon Rodriguez, Donnie Johnson, Sabrina Cox, Emma Gifford, Katelynn Bastanzi, Cornelius Pitts and Randi Baldwin.

  • City officials get small 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.

  • Sports calendar

    MONDAY, NOV. 26

    High School Basketball

    Williston girls at Gainesville St. Francis, 7 p.m.

    High School Soccer

    Williston girls at Hawthorne, 6 p.m.

    TUESDAY, NOV. 27

    High School Basketball

    P.K. Yonge at Williston girls, 7 p.m.


    High School Basketball

    Chiefland at Williston girls, 7 p.m.

    High School Soccer

    Newberry at Williston girls, 6 p.m.

    FRIDAY, NOV. 30

    High School Basketball

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


    High School Basketball

  • Lady Devils beat two private schools

    The Williston Lady Red Devils basketball team came up with two wins against private schools in the past week, both on the road.

    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.

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

    WILLISTON 58, TRINITY CATHOLIC 56: In Ocala, Williston jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead, hitting six three-pointers in the first 16 minutes. Kaetta Jackson and Margaret Brown had two each.

  • Game ranks as one of the best

    Over the years, I?ve seen hundreds of high school football games, some as a spectator, many as an official and many more as a writer.

    Last Friday?s game between Williston and Crystal River has to rank right up there with the best of them, with the only down side that Williston suffered the loss.

    It was a chilly night. Anyone who says it?s warmer over by the coast wasn?t on that field that evening.

    If you like defense, this wasn?t the place to be. Shay Newcomer threw for more than 550 yards and ran for 52 for Crystal River. He was pretty much their whole offense.

  • Williston Police reports

    The Williston Police Department announces the following arrests:

    Delbert Paul Hoskins, 19, of Northwest 180th Street, Williston, was charged with DUI by Ptl. James Bond after being found in a vehicle that was parked on Northwest Seventh Street with the engine running.

    Anzario C. Marida, 26, of Southeast Fifth Terrace, Williston, was charged with no valid driver?s license after being stopped by Ptl. Todd Abare after Marida backed out of his home and struck a Levy County school bus.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Hello and welcome to Your Sheriff?s Corner. Today I will reflect on the history of Thanksgiving. In the month of November, we all think of fall colors, hot cocoa, and cozy nights by the fire. Many also think of a long weekend, with football, family, and promising food.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Officers with the Levy County Sheriff?s Office recently arrested the following people.

    Lisa Marie Collins, 20, of Williston was arrested Nov. 9 for domestic battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Bond $5,000.

    Jarvis D. Penny, 22, of Williston was arrested Nov. 9 for domestic battery. Bond $2,500.

  • Upcoming events

    Dinner for vets is today

    AmVets Post 444, 115 N.E. Sixth Blvd. Williston, is hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day, from 5-7 p.m. It is open to the veterans and their families.

    The club is receiving contributions from Hitchcock?s and Winn Dixie. For information call 528-2550.

    Reunion meeting delayed

    for WHS class of 1998

    There will be no meeting on Saturday, Nov. 24, to plan the 10-year reunion for the Williston High School Class of 1998.

  • Community Calendar

    Monday, November 26

    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.

    Williston Single Seniors Social Club (for people 55 plus), 6:30 p.m., Billy Jack's Restaurant, call Ron 528-2151 for more information.

    CRA, 5:15 p.m. City Hall.

    Tuesday, November 27