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  • 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.

  • Emergency: Workers toil to rescue cows

    It wasn’t the typical call that came in to Williston Fire and Rescue Saturday morning.

    A farmer was reporting that one of his cows had apparently fallen into a sinkhole and he needed help getting it out.

    Emergency workers were dispatched to the property, located near Hwys. 121 and 316 and found there wasn’t one cow in distress, but two.

    Danny Wallace of Station 72 Fire and Rescue said the cows had somehow slipped through the barb wire and plummeted through the 30-foot funnel of the sinkhole.

  • No fanfare or feedback as school board tentatively raises millage

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday unanimously adopted its tentative millage rate and tentative budget for the 2010-2011 school year. But throughout the public hearing — the first on the school district’s for the next fiscal year — signs of future financial distress filtered in to the discussions.

    Outside of school district employees, board members and the press, no one attended the hearing.

  • Kauffman needs a liver

    Ervin Kauffman, president of the Williston Lions Club, learned this summer that he needs a liver transplant.

    Funds are needed to offset costs not covered by insurance and NATF–the National Transplant Assistance Fund will help Kauffman in a fund-raising effort while he waits for his transplant.

    NTAF has a 26-year record of success helping families address financial hardships arising from uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation.

  • County budget needs to diet

    The Levy County Commission on Tuesday asked the Sheriff’s Office and any department that has not cut its budget to go back to the drawing board and pare their requests.

  • City budget will be helped by ‘retiring out’, including police chief

    The revised budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year has been approved, and it looks like the city of Williston can breathe a little easier.

    While the city still struggles with numerous years of coming up in the red, several offices of the city will see an increase in funding and assets.

    With the payoff of one of the "pumper trucks" in addition to new bonuses for volunteer fire fighters, the city fire department brought down its budget overhead by over $9,000. Debt for the water department also came down by $1,000.