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Today's News

  • Busy life leads to long life

    After a quick adjustment, and then another, on the piano bench, Amelia Erwin leaned forward to pore over a sheaf of music.
    “No, I don’t think I can play that one,” she said to the visitor, casting the pages aside and rifling through another stack.
    Hands poised over the keyboard, she struck a chord, picked up the music and proclaimed, “Not that one. I haven’t played in a while.”

  • Attempted burglary stopped

    When off-duty Marion County Deputy William Dietrich came to Williston Wednesday to buy farm supplies, he had no idea he would be the man who would foil a convenience store robbery.
    A little after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dietrich tackled a suspect who took a charity jar of money from the Kangaroo Store on Noble Avenue, according to Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow.
    Michael Wayne Aurilio, 27, of SE 1st Avenue, Williston, had attempted to buy cigarettes, the chief said, before grabbing the jar that contained $35.78 from the counter.

  • Red Devils de-claw Panthers

    The Williston football players did not seem to have a true understanding of the Williston versus Newberry football rivalry as they traveled to Panther Country Sept. 23.
    However when the Panthers took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards through their defense, and Ra'Kheem Hoyt blasted into the end zone from 4 yards out, they knew the rivalry game was on.
       Trailing 7-0, the Red Devils Brandon Preston took the hand off on the Red Devils first play and raced untouched for a 59 yard touchdown.

  • Middle school rallies to down Ft. White

    In one of the most exciting football games played at Booster Stadium in quite some time, the Williston Middle School Red Devils gave up an early 16-6 lead to the Fort White Middle School Indians.
    But the hardnosed Red Devils never quit, as they scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to down the Indians 36-34.
    When one speaks of the Middle School Indians, you have to recognize that Donald Robinson produced every point for the Indians for the game.

  • Community Happenings

    Saturday, Oct. 1

    Benefit Poker Run
    AMVETS Post 444 will host a Benefit Poker Run Saturday, Oct. 1 for Justin Fairbanks.
    Register at the post at 10 a.m. and kickstands go up at 11 a.m.
    The route includes stops at Sunray’s, Willards, McKenzie’s 4 Corners, AMVETS Post 422 Chiefland, AMVETS Post 88 Bronson and ends back at Post 444. Cost is $10 per hand at registration.
    There will be a 50/50 drawing and raffles throughout the day.

  • The newspaper myth

    National newspaper week, Oct. 2-8, is a time to celebrate the unique role newspapers play in our society and dispel the myth that they are going away.
    It may be difficult for some to see through the fog of recession and digital disruption, but if you look closely you’ll see that newspapers remain quite healthy.
    Despite the doomsayers, newspapers are actually growing readership as we find new ways to reach consumers.
    While overall revenues are down, so are expenses and most newspapers remain profitable.  

  • Of course newspapers are Number One

    Newspapers are the number one source of local news. That’s the theme of National Newspaper Week, October 2-8.Well, duh. Of course they are.
    Except for perhaps a few well-known papers that market themselves as national, every newspaper in the land considers local news its bread and butter. Consider all the newspapers in the country. Their combined news staffs dwarf those of any other medium.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports 9-29-2011

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

    Sept. 25, Jerry Lee Allen, 29, Trenton, aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. Bond $40,000.

    Sept. 24, Francisco Penilla-Alvarez, 29, Williston, operating motor vehicle without a license. Bond $5,000.

    Sept. 23, Chastity Falia Anderson, 34, Williston, VOP.

    Sept. 25, Michael Arthur Chase, 20, Gainesville, battery.

    Sept. 25, Gary Mason Clark, 32, Chiefland, VOP.

  • Levy officer brings home bronze

    By MIKE CAPSHAW

    sports@chieflandcitizen.com

    Hurricane Irene couldn’t stop Tom Martin from competing in the 2011 World Fire and Police Games in New York City.

    With Irene canceling flights up and down the East Coast late last month, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office corporal took matters into his own hands. When Martin finished his nightshift on Aug. 27, he jumped into a car with his wife, Sarah, and headed north.

  • Former Williston resident pens book

    Toni Collins isn’t shy about her beliefs, especially when it comes to history.

    “I’ve always been distressed that our young people are not learning about the history of this county,” she said Friday from the living room of her Chiefland home.

    Collins, who used to work for the county, was largely responsible for organizing the county’s historical archives and started the county’s historical board.