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  • Williston FFA members earn American Farmer degrees

     The National FFA Organization hosted over 62,000 members, advisors, alumni and guests this year at the 86th annual FFA National Convention and several of Williston’s own were in attendance.  The convention was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville last week.

  • Lions Club will screen children for Lazy Eye Nov. 18

     The Lions Club will complete its Williston area free early childhood vision screening to identify children up to 6 years old with undetected vision loss due to Amblyopia factors (Lazy Eye) and refractive errors at the Williston Library, 10 SE 1st St., Monday, Nov. 18 from 5-7 p.m.

  • Veterans will be honored

     The Levy County Commission has unanimously approved a proclamation naming the week of Nov. 10-16 as Veterans Appreciation Week and agreed to participate in the countywide Veterans Day Parade being hosted by the City of Cedar Key. 

  • Ride to Provide

    More than 100 motorcycle riders cruised their way through the scenic and rural roads and highways of Levy County Saturday in an effort to raise money for the Levy ARC.

  • Former corrections officer convicted of manslaughter

    A retired corrections captain at Lancaster Correctional Institution sits in Levy County Jail awaiting sentencing on Dec. 4 on a DUI manslaughter conviction in the Jan. 31, 2011, death of Tom Bailey, manager of the Chiefland Golf & Country Club. 

  • District Champs

     Williston High Girls Volleyball finished the season with only two match losses and won the District 7 1A Rural Championship last week. Williston defeated Chiefland in four games and Newberry in three to earn the district title. The Lady Red Devils will host the Regional Finals at WHS Gymnasium. The Regional Tournament match is set at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 against Taylor Pierson.

  • Accreditation recommended for Levy schools

    It was rather like Christmas…looking forward to it and anxiously waiting for it…then it was all over so quickly. After months of preparation for the mid-October visit of the AdvancEd™ accreditation team, the public schools of Levy County could breathe a collective sigh of relief; the team has recommended accreditation. The news was shared with members of the School Board of Levy County, school administrators and county office personnel at a midday lunch meeting in the board room on the final day of the team’s visit.

  • Red touches yellow

     This fellow, a venomous coral snake, was found Monday around noon on 180 Avenue, Williston by Stan Harvey, Williston homeowner and retired Broward County Animal Control Officer. Harvey reminds residents these poisonous, but beautiful, snakes inhabit this area and they need to be aware when working or  playing outdoors. The snake was taken to a more remote location and released. In doubt? Remember this little rhyme: Red touches yellow, kills a fellow. Red touches black, friend of Jack.

  • Arnold recognized for forestry stewardship

     Greg Marshall of the Florida Forest Service presented Bill Arnold with a Stewardship sign recognizing the family efforts for managing their land under the Florida Stewardship Program. 

  • Mistrial declared in Crabfest shooting case

     A mistrial was granted Wednesday morning in the trial of Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, 20, in the Williston Crab Fest shootings after information received late in the case about Ocasio's arrest came to the attention of his attorneys.

    Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Stan Griffis III granted the defense motion for a mistrial after defense attorneys also waived their prior motion demanding a speedy trial on chages of homicide, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.