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  • Halloween Happenings

    Trail of Treats

    Trail of Treats in the city of Williston will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m.

    Corn Maze

    A seven-acre field maze is waiting for you to lose yourself in it this Saturday, Oct. 31 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    The operation of the maze, located on the Fant Ranch, is sponsored by Levy County 4-Hee^clubs.

    Admission is $6 for children 8 years old to adult. Children 7 and under are admited free. Concessions will be available. Participants are advised to wear outdoor clothing and comfortable shoes.

  • Declining enrollment will cost schools

    School Board of Levy County Superintendent Bob Hastings said on Tuesday that the school district’s full-time enrollment decreased from last year by an estimated 96 students, raising concerns about a major source of revenue for the district.

    Speaking at the school board’s meeting, Hastings said that the loss of students would directly impact the amount of fund received by the state. The district also lost about 150 students from the previous school year.

    The estimated revenue loss is expected to be $1.75 million.

  • Library boasts new books

    The Williston Public Library has new books. Check them out today:

    Non-Fiction: The End of Overeating, The Illustrated Atlas of Jewish Civilization, Your Backyard Wildlife, Grace for Each Hour, Chess, Diving Guide to Underwater Florida, The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash, Losing my Mind: An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer’s.

  • ‘Carnival’ theme of 2010 Relay for Life

    The Relay for Life committee held an Early-Bird meeting on Sept. 15 to kick off the 2010 American Cancer Society’s largest fund raising event.

    Co-chairs Frances LaSalle and Crystal Curl greeted nearly 30 people to talk about the event, scheduled for April 17, 2010, at Williston High School.

    This Relay will have a new twist; it will be held during the day, from 8 a.m. until midnight. Previous rallies have begun at 6 p.m. and lasted through the night. It is hoped that the new format will allow more people to participate.

  • Downtown Williston suffers: Businesses feeling pinch from recession

    Bonnie Burchett helped one customer all day, and it was already about 2:30 p.m.

    Burchett’s store, Bonnie’s Antiques, is like many other small businesses in downtown Williston. They are struggling to survive in the economic recession.

    “Everybody is fighting to keep alive,” said Irrie Campbell, owner of Come Tan Your Hide, “and especially the small business because we don’t have a whole lot to fall back on.”

  • Bronson mayor ponders defamation suit

    Bronson Mayor Franklin Schuler said he will be filing a defamation lawsuit against the parties to a complaint about his behavior at a concert that resulted in his being reprimanded for a violation of professional standards in his job as a Levy County sheriff’s corrections officer.

  • FOL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free concert

     On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Williston Public Library will celebrate “Hispanic Heritage Month.”

    The Latin Band “Troprix” will perform, featuring band leader Gilberto DePaz.

    Originally from Puerto Rico, DePaz has resided in Gainesville for over 30 years. He has been in the music profession for 45 years. He is an accomplished performer and is locally, nationally and internationally popular. The program is free.

  • $60,000 in 60 days

    The School Board of Levy County approved a contract for a math coach consultant on Tuesday night that could total as much as $60,000 for as many as 60 days of coaching.

    The contract will authorize consultant Roberta Dilocker to be a math consultant who will primarily focus on Williston High School for 30 days, and other Levy County schools for an additional 30 days, if approved.

    Williston received an “F” grade last school year, and much of the initial remedy is focused on improving performance in math.

  • Fall at the Derby promises fun for a good cause

    All the grace, color and tradition that is the Kentucky Derby will move South Oct. 24 when Haven Hospice hosts Fall at the Derby at Black Prong Equestrian Center.

    The 250-acre property, nestled in the heart of the Goethe Forest, will showcase an evening of fun for benefactors of the end-of-life care organization.

    Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests will be entertained by the Rick Gordon Band, who will play throughout the evening.

    Both live and silent auctions will take place with the center’s Aulson Hall as the focal point for items that have been donated.

  • Williston farmers commit to protecting environment

    A study in 2008 reported agricultural activities as a major source of water contamination, but Williston farmers are working every day to minimize their environmental impact.

    “No one is more cognizant of the need to protect the environment than a man or woman who is absolutely dependent on that environment to make his living,” said Anthony Drew, a county extension agent at the University of Florida. “And a farmer, more than any other industry, is absolutely dependent on a healthy environment.”