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  • Waiting for Social Security may mean more money

     

    By Tim Marema and Roberto Gallardo

    The Daily Yonder

    Levy County residents who are nearing retirement age can increase their lifetime income if they can wait a bit to start drawing Social Security benefits.

  • Little Women opens June 14

    Williston Community Theater will present Little Women, a play in two acts adapted from the Louisa May Alcott book, Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium. 

     Starring Katie Taylor in the lead role of Jo March, this period piece takes place during the Civil War. Taylor co-stars with her real life sister, Lauren Taylor, as Amy March, the youngest of the March girls. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door on show days.

    Subsequent performances are June 15, June 21 and June 22.

  • Williston Library now open Fridays

    Beginning June 6, the Williston Public Library will be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in order to better serve patrons. At the Levy County Public Library System’s request, Commissioner Ryan Bell, who also is the library liaison, was able to assist in identifying funding for the new hours.

  • Theme set for July 3 Parade

      The city of Williston is gearing up for the July 3 parade–the prelude to the extravaganza at Horseman's Park.

    This year's theme is "Celebrating Old Glory." Fireworks will follow at the Horseman's Park. The entertainment will be The Shane Wooten Band and several other local talents.

    Anyone wanting to be in the parade should call Cyndie McQuaig at 352-843-6477. If you need a booth at the Horseman's Park, call Mary Klein at the Chamber at 352-528-5552.  

  • Williston outgrows polling place

    During the 2012 General Election, some Williston voters waited over an hour to cast their vote.The last person in line that night voted at 8:30 p.m.

    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones wants to alleviate that problem and Tuesday night asked the Williston City Council if she could use the council meeting room to admit and register voters before sending them to the community center where they will receive ballots and actually vote.

    Jones said if they could check in people in the council room, more voting booths can be set up.

  • Funding bill signed for Williston school, CCF campus

    With the swoosh of a pen Gov. Rick Scott signed the state budget for 2014-15 into law on Monday and the hopes for Levy County for a better future were realized.

    Included in the document is $4.3 million in planning and construction money for the College of Central Florida's Jack Wilkinson campus that would be located on 35 acres north of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 19 and $11, 471,700 for construction of a new Williston Middle High School.

  • Fourth meth lab busted

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is working a chain of information to shut methamphetamine (meth) manufacturing with the bust of a fourth lab ― this latest rolling among U.S. Highway 27A, and a meth lab dump site in the past month.

    The drive to make Levy County started April 27 when a theft investigation led to the discovery of an active meth lab at a Chiefland residence. An man and a woman were arrested in that operation.

    Three days later deputies arrested a man at his Chiefland residence where he admitted having an active meth lab.

  • Darby Battle is 2014 valedictorian

    When Darby Battle makes her valedictory address Tuesday night, it just won’t be her parents who are bursting with pride.

    Her grandmother–“Nana”–may be the one applauding the loudest.

    That’s because for a time, while everyone was waiting to see the 2014 class standings, Nana, a/k/a Cindy Battle, had a big dream for her granddaughter: she wanted her to follow in her father’s footsteps since he was also a valedictorian of Williston High School.

  • Dick Williams wants to return to the place that shaped his life

     

    Dick Williams was 24 years old when he first set foot on the beaches of Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion.

    A medic, Williams saw the horror of war first hand–images he never forgot and in 2012 published his memoir "Men of Iron: A Tribute to Courage."

  • Williston gets good audit news

     

    The news from Williston's independent auditor for the past two years has been a welcomed change from years past.

    Instead of long lists of recommendations on what needs to be improved, recent audits are what's done right.