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Today's News

  • Community calendar

    Saturday, May 31

    *SHARE Distribution, 9-10 a.m., Cornerstone Assembly of God. Contact Elsie Neal 528-5709.

    Monday, June 2

    *AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    *Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    *Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    *Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday, June 3

    *Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    *Rotary Club of Williston, Chamber Conference Room, Noon.

    *Police Explorers, 6:30 p.m., Fire Department.

  • School retirees honored

    Seven retiring school employees were honored by the Levy County Education Association last week, and two scholarships were presented, at a gathering held at First United Methodist Church in Williston.

    In addition, Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association from Tallahassee, spoke to the audience.

  • Prepaid scholarship reassigned to WHS grad

    A Williston High School senior is receiving a prepaid tuition scholarship from a local woman who had intended to provide the education to her late granddaughter. Samantha Lewis will attend the University of Florida and study business, advertising and communications.

    Doris Young, who has had a stroke and is confined to a wheelchair, had purchased Florida pre-paid college educations for her grandchildren. However, one of those children, Sarah E. Adams, died in Pembroke Pines.

  • Margaret Brown signs with Polk

    Williston High School all-star softball player Margaret Brown has signed to play with Polk Community College in Winter Haven for the next two years.

    The three-sport star was a first-team Class 3A All-State outfielder last year. This year's team has not yet been announced.

    The left-handed Brown will be joining the Vikings and coach Dottie Cupp. "She'll definitely be in the outfield," Cupp said at a signing ceremony at the WHS Media Center on Tuesday.

  • Memorial Day memories

    Editor's Note: This is a column published annually, with some minor changes, by the editor.

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    I never knew my Uncle Joe.

    Somewhere there's a slide or a picture of him holding me on his lap shortly after I was born, but soon after that photo in early 1944, the sergeant shipped out.

    He was not only my uncle, he was my Godfather.

    He died in Normandy just one month after D-Day. I found his name on the Web, complete with the plot number in the cemetery in which he is buried.

  • Firefighters save local man

    On April 7, Williston Fire Rescue responded Northeast 85th Street in Raleigh to a reported grass fire. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a 3 to 4 acre pasture fire spreading rapidly.

    Firefighter Lt. Shane Colman and Firefighter Daniel Smith immediately started extinguishing the grass fire.

    Shortly after containing the fire and starting a second sweep to look for hot spots firefighter Smith noticed the landowner lying on the ground. Smith immediately notified Coleman and they found that he was not breathing had no pulse.

  • East Williston Park advances

    The East Williston Park is a major step closer to reality after the City Council approved the site plan and gave the go-ahead for permitting at its Tuesday meeting.

  • Abandoned foal found

    Perhaps as a sign of troubled economic times, a 5-day old foal was found abandoned Saturday morning, May 16, at about 7:30 a.m. on the outskirts of Williston.

    The foal was found between some parked trucks about 100 feet off U.S. 41 about a half a mile from the intersection of State Road 121.

    Seen first by a passerby, the foal, a colt, is being cared for by a nearby horse farm. There are two adjoining businesses- BC Hauling and Williston Peanut. Volunteers have scoured all surrounding farms in the immediate area from which the foal may have originated.

  • Community calendar

    Monday, May 26 MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    Tuesday, May 27

    * Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    * Rotary Club of Williston, First Presbyterian Church, noon.

    * Williston Senior Singles, 6 p.m., Hilltop Restaurant (rescheduled because of Memorial Day)

    * Police Explorers, 6:30 p.m., Fire Department.

    * Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.

    * AA Book Study, 7:30 p.m., 810 E. Thrasher Ave., (SR 24), Bronson.

  • Upcoming events

    Brisket cooking contest

    The Levy County Cattlewomen would like to invite you to test your brisket-cooking-skills at the third annual Williston Ranch Rodeo on May 23-24 at the Williston Horseman's Park. For team rules and sign-up information, please call (352) 535-5226.

    Church to hold yard sale