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Today's News

  • Wild observations

    One of the things I'll miss in Georgia is our beautiful springs. In September I met with friends at Rainbow Springs. We go there frequently during the summer, always on a week day.

    For a dollar, visitors can swim, picnic, stroll the scenic paths or just relax for the whole day.

    It's the best bargain in town. The swimming area is a roped off section of the Rainbow River Springs headwater. The water is clear turquoise blue with white sand on the bottom. The temperature of the water stays the same in all seasons, a refreshing 72 degrees or so.

  • Getting to know you

    As Williston Woman's Club co-president Bunny Sandlin outlines the club's history, the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" comes to mind. Remember the part when the angel reveals to George Bailey what a significant contribution he has made to the community in which he lives?

  • Sparr holds open house

    Sparr Building and Farm Supply celebrated the love of horses by hosting "Share Your Passion" Open Houses last week, including Friday in Williston.

    At the open house, horse owners had the opportunity to meet local Purina Mills representatives and talk with equine specialists about the latest in care and nutrition.

  • First Baptist to hold Homecoming

    First Baptist Church of Williston will celebrate 150 years with Homecoming Weekend Oct. 10-12.

    Dr. John Sullivan, executive director treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, will be the featured preacher for all three services.

    Friday's service, "A Time for Remembering," will begin at 7 p.m.

    Saturday's service, "A Time for Renewing," will begin at 6 p.m.

    Sunday's service, "A Time for Rejoicing," will begin at 10 a.m.

  • Williston boys win cross country meet

    Upstarts and veterans alike took home hardware from Williston's cross country meet, featuring teams from Williston, Chiefland, Cedar Key, Bradford and Fort White. Chiefland varsity girls, in only their second year as a team, took home the girls' crown. Amie Biehl, who paced off Allie Wheeler last year (Wheeler has since transferred), grabbed a new pacer in JaRobyn Rome and won the girls' race in 26:06. Rome had 26:58 as her final; April Geiger was third with 28:31 and Mariah Mather was fifth with 29:11.

  • Local football team looking for players

    Gulf Coast Panthers football is back for its third season after finishing 10-4 last year and league runner up. Club owner and president Lee Bell and VP Mark Marrazo say the team is looking for a few good men to fill the ranks.

    "We're looking for players, coaches, sponsors and chain crew," he said. "We want people to know we're here, we're sticking around, and we want to expand and get even better."

  • Champion barrel racer to be at local rodeo

    A Champion Barrel Racer, Sabra O'Quinn, one of many women in hot pursuit of the Southeastern Championship year-end title, is currently in the lead and looking to win the 2008 championship. Next week end, Octc. 3-4 , the Williston Horeseman's Club member will be running in the PRCA Rodeo at the Williston Horseman's Park Arena as she tries to extend her lead in this title race.

  • Trinity too much for Williston

    It was easy to get out of breath last Friday night just watching Trinity Catholic and Williston play football.

    Although the outcome was undesirable, it was a very entertaining game as Trinity outlasted Williston, 63-42, in a non-district contest at Williston.

    The win left Trinity at 3-0, while Williston dropped to 2-1. The Red Devils play at Dixie County this week.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Drug Task Force continued to arrest suspects from drug buys made earlier in the Williston area.

    * Harold Monroe Dallas, 21, of Northeast 23rd Place, Williston, was charged with two counts of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis and sale of cannabis after alleged sales to a confidential source on July 11 and July 14 in the 21300 block of Northeast 35th Street. Total bond was $45,000.

  • Farewell to my favorite Phillies fan

    Being a Mets fan, it's awfully hard to make friends with a Phillies fan. After all, that's the team that knocked the Mets out of the playoffs last year, and they're about to do it again.

    However, there was one man in Levy County that I could call and joke with about baseball, and sports in general. As late as a week ago Tuesday, we were on the phone to each other talking about the pennant race, among other things in local sports. He was my favorite Phillies fan.

    His name was Claude Lewis, and he was a writer and sports editor for our sister paper, the Chiefland Citizen.