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By The Staff

Spring sports registration set for WYAA

Spring sports registration for the Williston Youth Athletic Association will be held on four dates in January:

Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register, each player will need a $75 registration fee and a copy of their birth certificate.

Registration is for t-ball, soccer, baseball and softball. Ages are 5-6 for t-ball, 7-14 for the other sports.

For information call Cathy 528-4487, Mari 528-4329, Troy 494-7927 or Lee 528-4563.

Health Department can help you stop smoking

The Levy County Health Department announces free smoking cessation classes beginning in Bronson on Jan. 9 at the Levy County Health Department and beginning in Williston on Jan. 10 at Nature Coast Hospital.

All classes begin at 5:30 p.m. and last approximately one to one and a half hours. There will be free nicotine replacement patches and program materials for all participants.

If interested, pre-register by calling Kristina Zachry, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, at 486-3404. Registration will also be permitted at the sessions, but space is limited. Pre-registering is the only way to guarantee your opportunity to participate!

The smoking cessation classes last for six-sessions and are based on the American Lung Association's highly successful Freedom From Smoking Program. Each smoker who joins the classes will develop an individual plan for quitting and learn a step-by-step method for changing behavior and quitting smoking.

This group approach uses positive thinking, alternative behaviors, one-on-one help, rewards, and group support to help participants stop smoking successfully. The emphasis of the classes is on long-term freedom from smoking, and includes the latest skills for good stress management, weight control, assertive communication, and exercise - skills to help you succeed.

Meeting to discuss county health needs is Jan. 31

The Levy County Health Department invites you to participate in a strategic planning session to address health concerns of our citizens. We will meet to establish health priorities and strategic issues to improve health in Levy County.

In 2005, we evaluated our public health system using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Public Health Standards Program assessment tool and identified strengths and weaknesses of our local system. WellFlorida also conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment in the fall of 2004.

We will be meeting with community members and our planning partners on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Bronson Middle/High School.

This meeting is open to the public. Input from local citizens is highly encouraged. For more information or to RSVP please call Slande Celeste at 486-3405.

Humane Society fund-raiser is Feb. 23

Just in time for Christmas, Surprise your loved one with tickets to an "exciting event" going on in Levy County on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Bronson Youth League, 220 Picnic St, Bronson.

The Humane Society of Levy County, Inc. and 93.7 K-Country presents the "Bark-N-Purr" Charity Concert - barbecue cook-off and more - and they encourage everyone to come and support our efforts and enjoy a fun and entertaining day.

Some of the events are a sanctioned barbecue cook-off with the Florida Barbecue Association; Disconnected K-9's, their routines are choreographed to music, defy the normal relationship between man and canine, filled with fun and leave you clapping in awe at the tricks these dogs perform; American Humane's "Rescue Rig." This 82-foot long specialized tractor/ trailer help animals in disasters since 1916.

A silent auction will be held featuring autographed NASCAR memorabilia and numerous other items, classic car show and numerous games for the kids.

Entertainers include the Rick Gordon Band and Capitol Records Nashville Artist Chris Cagle known for hit songs as "Miss Me Baby," "Laredo," "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out," and "Chicks Dig It."

Tickets are on sale at Bronson Town Hall and Chiefland Farm Supply. Advance tickets are $15 for adult general admission; $23 VIP adult general admission, flag admission for children $6 ages 4-10 and children under 3 are free. Gate prices are $23 for adults and $35 for VIP adults.

Huckabee backers to meet Friday

Huckabee for President supporters will meeting on Friday, Dec. 28, at Bell 's Restaurant in Chiefland starting at 6 p.m. with fellowship and a dutch treat dinner. At 7 p.m. the meeting will start with plans for the upcoming Jan. 29 voting.

Please attend for more info. Yard signs, bumper stickers, label pins and more can be purchased at Davis Printing in Chiefland.

If you have any questions please contact Juanita at 339-0747.

Benefit drawing for Chuck Mikell is Jan. 12

A benefit drawing for Chuck Mikell will be held on Jan. 12 at Jaybird Timber, 412 W. Noble Ave., Williston.

The winner will receive a one-day quail hunt for two people on Jan. 27.

All proceeds go directly to Mikell and his family in his battle against cancer.

The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $10 each and are available at Green Shutters, Video Central and other locations.

For more information call Jay or Pam Huber at 528-5261.