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Today's News

  • Sisters earn titles at Miss Heart of USA pageant

    Three local sisters were recently award the titles at the 2014 Miss Heart of the USA North Florida State Pageant in Jacksonville,.

    Courtney Rodgers, 18, was crowned North Florida's Miss Heart of the USA. Rebecca Rodgers, 14, was crowned North Florida's Junior Miss Heart of the USA. Madison Rodgers was crowned North Florida's Community Service Queen.

  • Bicyclist killed on U.S. 41

    A bicyclist was killed just before midnight Saturday after he was struck by a Jeep on U.S. 41, south of Williston.

    Oscar Alfredo Jeronimo Sic, 23, of Williston was traveling south on U.S. 41 in the center of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Robert Carl Kinsey, 53, of Morriston was behind the bicycle, traveling 50-55 mph. Behind Kinsey – at about 200 feet– were John Paul Linnell, 36, of Ocala driving a 2001 Hyundai Elantra and Samuel Antonio White, 48, of Tampa driving a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Williston approves millage, budget

    Without as much as a single nod of affirmation or an harrumph of disdain, the Williston City Council approved the millage rate at 5.8527 mills and a budget of $14.7 million for FY 2014-2015 during Tuesday night's public hearing.

    In less than nine minutes, the city's finances for next year were taken care of without one resident present to question or applaud what becomes of their tax money.

    In the first hearing two weeks ago, the council members agreed that this budget is the best efforts they can do for their town.

  • Bronson breaks ground on sewer system

    Bronson will begin construction on its $2.9 million sewer expansion project within the next few weeks.

    "It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here," Bronson Mayor Franklyn Schuler said at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning in front of Town Hall.

    The sewer system, primarily aimed at increasing business development along the town's main corridor, has been in the works for years.

  • County OKs $65 million budget

    The Levy County Commission, with two members who leave in November due to electoral losses, was commended on Monday evening by the only Levy County resident who cared to show up and speak at a public hearing where the property tax and final budget for the 2014-15 was unanimously approved.

    "I want you to note that the budget is less than last year when it was $66 million and some change. Good job," said Dana Sheffield of "the Fanning Springs Sheffields."This board has done a good job for the county."

  • Red Devils' football coach fired

     

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    and Max Yavel

    Cliff Lohrey’s career as head football coach of the Williston High School Red Devils came to an abrupt halt around 4 p.m. Sunday when Principal Eulin Gibbs fired the seven-month coach and athletic director.

  • Faith Bigger Than Fear

     

    If it weren’t for the gauze pressure bandage around her knee, you’d never know that Morriston’s Paige Douglas is in a fight for her life.

  • Committed to quality

     

    Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati said what makes him different from the last four people who vowed to bring back the hospital in Williston from the brink of disaster is his commitment to bringing quality health care to all people–regardless of income, social status or race.

  • 100 Years of Service

    Everyone loves a birthday party, especially if there's cake and ice cream, and this week the Williston Woman's Club threw itself a Centennial Celebration that drew laughter, tears and 100 years of memories.

    A full house was treated to words of inspiration from Ann Burch, a catered luncheon and a fashion show that featured vintage clothing from 1914 to 1980, presented by Johanna Krohn and the Taylor Girls Fashion Shows.

  • The family cookbook holds treasures from the past

     Many people learn to cook by watching and helping a more experienced cook. Today that is enhanced by a myriad of cooking shows–(food even has its own network!), seaching the Internet, buying scores of magazines and occasionally even reading a cookbook.