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Local News

  • Suwannee River Fair News

    Fat Steer Weigh In:
    The fat steer weigh in will take place Saturday, Oct. 2 from 7-9 a.m. at the fairgrounds in Fanning Springs. This is the first weigh-in for all market steers participating in the 2011 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale. An entry form is required and is available online at mysrf.org. The form must be completed and signed by the exhibitor, parent and FFA advisor/4H leader. Entry fee is $25.

  • McGriff-Oelrich want your vote

    OCALA – Candidates for Florida Senate District 14, which covers northern Marion County and the Williston area, appeared at a countywide political forum in Ocala on Thursday, Sept. 23.
    The incumbent is Steve Oelrich, who told the crowd at the Marion County Library’s main branch about his 15 years in law enforcement, and how he had become the first Republican sheriff in Alachua County since Reconstruction. He left during his fourth term to run for the state Senate.

  • Williston’s Haylee Baker takes first in Sears national contest

    Haylee Baker is going places.
       In December the fifth grader will take an all-expense paid to San Francisco and sometime within the next year will get a passport for her five-day all expense paid  trip to Milan, Italy.
       Both trips come courtesy of national retailer Sears and are awarded because Haylee, 10, has claimed the company’s title as America’s Top Style Crush and will serve as a fashion consultant for the company.

  • Thousands will flock to Williston

       Get ready for some mouth-watering treats this Saturday as Williston will welcome folks to Heritage Park for the 22nd Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival.
    Over 115 vendors will be on hand, as well as the elephants and petting zoo.
       Raychel Ortiz will sing the Star Spangled Banner and the Marines will raise the colors will the festival kicks off at 9 a.m.
       Entertainment follows throughout the day beginning with Amberay Molder at 9:30 a.m.

  • McCormick tapped for FFA Hall of Fame

      Fenwick D. “Mac” McCormick, Williston High School graduate and former agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at his alma mater, will be inducted into Florida FFA’s Hall of Fame during an Oct. 4 ceremony in Haines City.
       McCormick joins four other inductees who are being honored for their contributions in making Florida FFA one of the premier youth leadership organizations in the United States.

  • Child Safety Day is Saturday

       The Ornan Masonic Lodge in cooperation with the Williston Police and Fire Departments, Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids of North Central Florida will be on hand helping to make our community safe place for children during Child Safety Day, Saturday, Sept. 25.
          Food, games, live entertainment by Southbound featuring Natalie Green and the Magic Man are planned. Every family that participates will receive a FREE Child ID kit, which unlike any other Child ID kit can be updated every year as your child grows and changes.

  • Purple pinkie arrives in Williston

       Williston Rotary Club members received the challenge to have purple pinkies Tuesday when Lake City Rotarian John Wheeler spoke to the club about eliminating polio around the world.

       Once pandemic, polio is thisclose to be eradicated and Rotary has taken on the project to ensure it is in most of our live times.

       Today, the disease, which affects the nervous system and causes paralysis, originates in four countries: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Nigeria.

  • Council splits 3-2 to keep city attorney

    Ancient history was resurrected Tuesday night as City Attorney Norm Fugate spent most of the Williston Council meeting defending his role as the city’s legal counsel.

    Fugate’s presentation came on the heels of a memo drafted to council members by Councilman Michael Shoemaker and dated Sept. 8 in which Shoemaker alleged that Fugate did not understand contract law and may not be acting in the best interest of the city.

  • Bell to take on Rooks in fall election

    Ryan Bell defeated Noel Desmond in the Republican primary election for the District 4 County Commission seat Tuesday, closely advancing to November’s general election by a mere 36 votes.

    It was Levy County’s only local race on the ballot in the primary election, held on a day of poor weather and low turnout.

    Of the 21,415 registered voters in the county, 24.97 percent turned out to vote.

  • Hospital management in turmoil

    The group that planned to buy Williston’s Nature Coast Hospital is now enmeshed in a lawsuit against its owner, Cypress Healthcare Systems Florida.

    Partners Healthcare Development, a Kansas corporation, filed a civil suit in May charging that Cypress interfered with the operation of the hospital which “ultimately resulted in the constructive eviction” of PHD.