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  • Peanut Festival around the corner

    The Central Florida Peanut Festival is coming.

    This is a family-friendly event sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce. It features a variety of delicious foods and assorted types of peanuts and peanut products, including our famous southern peanut pie. Rides, music, crafts. and antique tractors, car clubs and motorcycles will also be here for your enjoyment. The festival also has a Little Peanut King and Queen and a Baby Peanut Contest.

  • Duncan McCallum: Fighting an unseen enemy

    It was just a few months ago that Duncan McCallum was sitting on his tractor working as he has for the last 15 years.

    Today that work has come to a standstill, albeit a temporary one, as he fights a battle that even he can’t see.

    For the last several months, McCallum, 67, has been in and out of the hospital fighting an aggressive blood infection that has already cost him his right leg.

  • Company banks on Williston’s future with hospital

    With only two weeks under their belt as the new management company for Nature Coast Regional Hospital, Physicians Healthcare Development Inc. (PHD )is still assessing needs and plotting the course of their work in Williston.

    The new management company, only 18 months old, was founded by four men with assorted health care backgrounds who came together in a unified cause: to develop how physicians and patients can have a louder voice in how health care is delivered. (You can read the four partners’ biographies at www.webphd.org.)

  • Health department ready for swine flu vaccinations

    While it may seem that the mainstream media is overlooking the elderly in its swine flu updates, the Levy County Health Department is taking measures to educate and inform the county’s aged on the pandemic.

    Monday morning, Liz Powers, director of nurses at the health department, addressed members of Williston’s AARP to ensure correct information about H1N1, or swine flu, is disseminated throughout the county.

  • Breaking NewsUnemployment down in Levy

    Unemployment in Levy County dropped by 0.6 percentage points from July's 12.1 percent to 11.5 percent in August, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.

  • Park is now tireless

    The giant tractor tires in the Cornelius Williams (East Williston) Park will be removed permanently at the direction of Williston’s City Council.

    At the last council meeting, Virginia McDonald, a resident of the neighborhood, asked that the tires be removed because they were not safe. The council agreed and the tires were removed.

  • Where the wild things are

    A lot of little girls go to bed and dream of ponies. But not Patricia Engesser. Her childhood dreams were filled with snarling tigers. And she didn’t wake up screaming.

    “I always wanted a tiger,” Engesser said. “So, I married a guy with one.”

    Engesser and her husband, Robert, have been married about 26 years and own The Zoo AKA Jungle Safari between Chiefland and Trenton.

    It is one of six licensed wild animal facilities in Levy County.

  • JROTC finishes 17th in nation

    A team of four Williston High School JROTC Cadets shot their way to the Junior Olympic National Finals in the Three Position Air Rifle competition held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

    The four team members, Ali Mohs, Savannah Rios, Matthew Converse, and Devin Colson placed second in the matches in the state of Florida competition. The top two teams in all 50 states then went to the Junior Olympic Finals where the Williston team placed 17th out of the 100 participating teams.

  • Non-profit school of dance will have performers at Peanut Festival

    Williston School of Dance (WSOD) is “leaping” into the new academic year and “spinning” in excitement. Enrollment is at a record high, and the school currently hosts students from as far as Ocala, Gainesville, Newberry, Chiefland, Archer, Jonesville, Morriston and High Springs.  Families choose WSOD for the dependable quality of professional, expert instruction, for financial accessibility and for the family atmosphere, individualized attention, and low student/teacher ratios of a small-town school.

  • Testing pushed president’s school speech aside

    Levy County students did not watch President Barack Obama's speech to students on Sept. 8, prompting questions from teachers and parents as to why the speech was not shown live at area schools.

    Ann Coffel, of Williston, said she was surprised to hear from a teacher in the school district that the speech would not be shown live to students. Coffel said she comes from a family of educators, and Obama's speech would have been a worthwhile teaching opportunity.