Today's News

  • Lady Devils fall at state 7-0 to Gulliver Prep

    It was a fantastic ride for the Williston Lady Red Devil Softball team. They won the District 5 3A tournament by beating a very good Santa Fe team. Then there was the regional game against Crystal River, a game the Lady Devils won with ease 8-1.

    Next up was the Trinity Catholic Lady Celtics, again the Lady Devils proved to be the better team as they ended the Lady Celtics season with an 8-2 win.

    Then it was the Regional finals, and the Satellite Beach Lady Scorpions. The Red Devils ended the Lady Scorpions season with a rain delayed 5-2 win.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Let me ask a question to the people of Williston. When you go into a city what you see is either eye appealing or an eye sore to you. Correct? What conditions are our Williston Business District buildings in? A step away from being condemned in some buildings.

    So why did the CRA spend so much time (months) researching to find prime property behind the Williston Business District? It's supposed to beautify our neighborhood maybe encouraging people to walk around possibly wanting to shop in other businesses we were told.

  • Be counted

    It's deadline time for getting those Census forms back in the mail and it's worth a lot of money to every person in Levy County.

    For each warm body that is counted, it's estimated that Levy County will receive about $3,600 annually from the federal government for the next 10 years. That's because Census numbers determine how $400 billion in federal money is distributed.

    The 2010 Sunshine Census, the state's effort in getting an accurate count, has launched the “My Community Counts: Do Your Part.”

  • 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