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  • 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.

  • Duncan McCallum dies at 68

    Duncan McCollum, who sat on the Levy County Planning and Zoning Board for more than 10 years, died Sunday after a bout with cancer.

    McCallum, 68, was a community-minded individual who worked diligently to enhance the place where he lived.

    In addition to his work with the Planning and Zoning Board, he was also active with his church, First Presbyterian Church in Williston and the Ornan Lodge.

  • Legislators get long work list

    Citizens and public officials gave the Levy County Legislative Delegation a long list of work it wants accomplished in the session that starts Jan. 10, 2012.

    Martha Lott, chief judge for the 8th Judicial Circuit which include Levy County, told the legislators on Monday afternoon in a hearing at the county courthouse that a drop in funding has almost forced a shut down — twice. 

  • Millage set at 5.9025

    There was no fanfare and no citizen applause or complaint when the Williston City Council voted Tuesday to set the 2011 millage rate at 5.9025 mills to accompany its $13 million budget.

    In less than 20 minutes, the council adopted the resolutions that will enact the millage rate that determines this year’s tax bill.

    This year’s rollback rate is 6.4246 mills, Stephen Bloom from Severn and Trent told council, and that makes the city’s millage rate 8.13 percent less.

  • Williston Trail of Treats is Oct. 31 from 5 - 8 p.m.