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  • Firefighter to be honored Sunday

    It has been seven years since Otter Springs Assistant Fire Chief Victor B. Scott suffered a fatal heart attack at an Ocala truck stop while bringing home equipment used in a rigorous fire training exercise.
    He had not felt well at the end of the March 16, 2004, exercise. Because he died the next day, his death was not considered to be in the line of duty and his family was denied benefits.
    But one denial that hurt his family was that Scott would not be listed among those who died int he line of duty at the Florida and National Fallen Firefighters Memorials.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    The next time you’re at a family reunion, ball game or church, take a look around you. Choose eight women and study their faces. They could be your sister, your mother, your daughter, your wife, your best friend–maybe in yourself.
    Then sit back and ponder the staggering fact that one of those women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
    Despite new strides in treatment-and even prevention-about 12.2 percent of all women will develop the disease. In 2011, more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed and 39,000 women will die.

  • City moves forward with investigation

    Williston City Council voted last week to hire a lawyer skilled in labor day to conduct an investigation into the allegations made by City Clerk Nan Mack against Councilor Norm Fugate.
    Mack alleges that Fugate has created a hostile work environment that is affecting her job performance and causing personal health issues.
    In a letter to city council members dated Aug. 11, Mack asked for an investigation and relief from an “abusive situation.”

  • Learn how to contact your representatives

    Citizens for an Educated Electorate will meet on the verandah of the Dunnellon Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.
    The purpose is to show residents of Levy and Marion County how to contact their senators, congressional representatives and local media.
    This is not a political or partisan event. Everyone is welcome.

  • Relay for Life kickoff Monday

    Williston residents will unite at a rally to officially launch their 11th annual Relay For Life season Monday, Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at Williston’s Heritage Park Pavilion and they want the rest of Levy County to join in.
    The kickoff will be in the style of the Kentucky Derby, so grab your fancy hats and racing silks and join the fight against cancer.

  • Sheriff buys cars; lays off top staff

    For the third year in a row Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has found some extra cash in his budget at the close of the fiscal year — close to $250,000  — and bought six cars for $173,935.

  • Get in the game; get in the book

    Jamie Baker is praying that the stands at Williston’s Booster Stadium will be filled to capacity Friday night.
    He’s not alone.
    Jason Cason’s also praying.
    “I really believe that attendance at this event will rival the glory days of WHS football games back in the late ‘80s,” Cason said.  “Back then, the entire stadium was filled and fans filled both of the vacant areas at each end of the stadium.”

  • Busy life leads to long life

    After a quick adjustment, and then another, on the piano bench, Amelia Erwin leaned forward to pore over a sheaf of music.
    “No, I don’t think I can play that one,” she said to the visitor, casting the pages aside and rifling through another stack.
    Hands poised over the keyboard, she struck a chord, picked up the music and proclaimed, “Not that one. I haven’t played in a while.”

  • Attempted burglary stopped

    When off-duty Marion County Deputy William Dietrich came to Williston Wednesday to buy farm supplies, he had no idea he would be the man who would foil a convenience store robbery.
    A little after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dietrich tackled a suspect who took a charity jar of money from the Kangaroo Store on Noble Avenue, according to Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow.
    Michael Wayne Aurilio, 27, of SE 1st Avenue, Williston, had attempted to buy cigarettes, the chief said, before grabbing the jar that contained $35.78 from the counter.

  • Williston Council rights the wrong

    Williston City Council jumped the gun in April when it made airport committee appointments, but took corrective steps last week to make the wrong right.

    Council Norm Fugate was first to broach the subject weeks ago, when he told the council and city attorney that he thought, according to the city charter, appointments were to be made after the election and the new council was in place.

    The airport committee members were appointed April 5, before the election.