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  • Lots of activities this weekend

    This is one of those weekends in Williston where, if you can't find something to do, you aren't looking very hard.

    One of the big events is for parents to bring their children to the Masonic Lodge on State Road 121 headed toward Gainesville. It's Child Safety Day, and it runs from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. The Levy County Sheriff's Office, Williston fire and police departments, Ocala Shriners, AARP, which will be holding a flu shot clinic, and other agencies will be on hand to provide information and demonstrations.

  • Peanut Festival is Oct. 4

    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, vintage cars and antique tractors will also be here for your enjoyment.

  • Chiefland sports editor Claude Lewis dies

    Claude Lewis, sports editor of the Chiefland Citizen, died Friday night while en route to a Chiefland-Hamilton County football game in Jasper.

    Details are sketchy, but the Suwannee County Sheriff's Department said a motorist saw Lewis pull to the side of the road, attempting to use an inhaler. Lewis had a history of asthma, according to his wife.

    By the time paramedics arrived, Lewis, 54, was dead on the scene.

  • Holiday event date still not set

    The air was filled with congeniality and collegiality at Tuesday evening's city council meeting.

    The budget had been finalized after long and arduous negotiations; it awaits final approval at a special meeting on Sept. 23.

    The items on the agenda looked straightforward enough, and, indeed, only a few excited any discussion.

    Approval was given quickly for street closures for the Trail of Treaters on Friday, Oct. 31, for the Peanut Festival on Oct. 4, and for the Williston High School Homecoming Parade on Nov. 6.

  • Williston car show

    Midtown Cruisers car club of Williston and Bronson partnered with Advance Auto Parts in a fund-raising car show to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

    Saturday's car show, held in front of the Advance Auto Parts store in Williston, attracted several hundred viewers from around the area. About 50 cars, from Bronson, Williston, Chiefland, Trenton and beyond, opened their hoods to show off in front of an appreciative crowd.

  • 9-11 ceremony held

    Dave Hutcherson, left, of the Amvets and the Marine Corps League, stands with Todd Etheridge of Perkins State Bank in front of a wreath placed at the Tree of Hope during a 9-11 memorial ceremony held Thursday morning, Sept. 11.

  • City faces budget deficit

    The problem is straightforward; the solution is going to be complex.

    That was the message Finance Director Mark Schiefer delivered to the city council and department heads at a workshop about the fiscal year 2008-2009 budget.

    The problem: according to Florida statute, the city must have a balanced budget by the end of September. At this point, after Schiefer has incorporated all of the directives given him by the council, the deficit is $309,067, based on a budget of nearly $13 million.

  • Getting the word(s) out

    The Williston Rotary Club and the Williston Pioneer Sun News got the word out, actually lots of words, to third-graders at the elementary school last week.

    At an event held at the school's auditorium, members of the club and representatives of the newspaper distributed free dictionaries to each of the students.

  • The money shuffle begins

    The Levy County Commission is doing the end-of-year money shuffle as some departments have some cash on hand to help other departments strapped for cash.

    In its regular meting Tuesday morning, the commissioners approved moving money around to help six departments that were short of funds.

    The commission took cash from the following funds and departments:

    General Revenue, $180,561

    E911, $9,440

    Emergency Medical Services, $276,843

    Fire, $204,512

    Drug Task Force, $17,612

    Capital Projects, $542,157

    And gave funds to:

  • Students of the Month honored

    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the first Student of the Month awards of the academic year at the City Council meeting on Sept. 2.