Today's News

  • Just the facts


    • Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from 1 in 20 in 1960 to 1 in 8 today.

    •  For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer, besides lung cancer. 

    •  Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. More than 1 in 4 cancers are breast cancer. 

  • Methods of detection

     By Buster Thompson

    Finding cancer early makes it easier to treat before it spreads. Along with self- or clinical examinations for abnormal tissue, breast cancer can be detected in different ways, known as screening tests.

    Here are some summaries of different screening tests available to detect breast cancer, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health:

  • Council starts abatement talks

    Williston residents overwhelmingly voted Aug. 30 for the city to begin a tax abatement program to entice business growth within the city.

    Now, six weeks later, the council is ready to formulate policies and procedures to enact.

    Last week, City Manager Scott Lippmann asked council members for direction on instigating an abatement program.

  • 'I am not a drunk or grouch'

    Most people wouldn't care that people who pass them on the street think they're unfriendly.

    But Archie (Butch) MacKenzie isn't most people.

    In 2005, Butch, 84,  had a stroke that has rendered him dizzy every day since. The dizziness makes getting around difficult.

    Butch moved to Williston a year ago from New Hampshire and walks every day for his health.

  • Moody sets retirement date

    County Coordinator Fred Moody, Levy County's top executive, will be retiring before the end of the year. Moody has made no secret of his desire to spend more time with his wife, Ann, who retired from the county clerk's office last year and to spend time with family.  

    He has been planning his retirement for several years and earlier this year indicated he would be leaving as soon as the “new” board is seated. 

  • Class of 1966 celebrates 50 years
  • Register now for Toys for Tots

     The Tri-County Toys for Tots campaign has announced registration dates, times, and locations. There will be one registration date in each county. Residents are encouraged to make plans to attend one of these events, as additional registration opportunities may be limited. Registration requirements are listed below.


    • Dixie County –  Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-noon at Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E. Highway 19, Cross City;

  • Old middle school, new city hall again take lead at council meeting

    What's old is new again as Williston City Council spent much of it's nearly three-hour meeting last week talking about subjects that have been discussed at length in the previous months.

    Members from Citizens for An Engaged Electorate and AARP took to the lectern last Tuesday to ask council members to revisit plans for the old middle school.

  • Greenlee reappointed Bronson mayor

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff Writer

    Bruce Greenlee was unanimously reappointed mayor of Bronson at the town’s year-end council meeting on Sept. 19.

    Vice mayor Beatrice Roberts made the first motion to nominate Greenlee.

    “He really did a good job in his first year,” she said. “You all may not know, but I know, having been in that position, that he’s done a great, great job.”

  • Bronson's James H. Cobb Park receives new funding

     By Sean Arnold

    The Town of Bronson was presented a check from Florida State Parks manager Tommy Pavao for $50,000 on behalf of the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) at the town council meeting on Monday.