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Today's News

  • Pyper Kub opens

    There’s a brand new restaurant just outside of town.  The Pyper Kub opened in late December on SW 18th Street just outside the airport gates.

    Carol and Dave Bibby have finally realized their dream of having their own restaurant.  Carol has spent many years in the restaurant business and incorporated her experience into the design of the Pyper Kub

    Dave retired from his position at the airport to be involved at the restaurant.  He is a well-known figure in the county, having several times run for county commission and city council.

  • Raymond Smith can spin a yarn

    Raymond Smith is what they call a natural born storyteller. If you were to put him alone in an empty room for an hour, after he came out, he’d tell you a story about what happened in there. And it would be a good story, probably one that would leave you both chuckling.

  • Thanks to Williston Lions, Bill Brittan’s life is given back

    Bill Brittan’s future looks brighter these days. Literally.

    Thanks to the Williston Lions Club, Brittan has been given a new outlook on life and for the first time in almost eight years, he can see what lies ahead.

    Up until just a few weeks ago, Brittan, 60, was almost blind due to cataracts. In fact, he says, his right eye was gone and what he saw through his left eye was blurred.

    A Sheetrock and drywall laborer, his work was impacted because he wasn’t able to see the minute details needed to complete a job.

  • Alzheimer’s support group forming

    Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will be sponsoring a support group for family members, friends and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease beginning in January. The group will be open to members of the community who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s (or other forms of dementia) as well as to the families and friends of residents of Williston Rehab’s memory care unit.

  • Fisher House: Home setting for veterans and their families

    When military men and women are treated for extended periods in any one of this country’s 1,200 medical facilities, their recuperation and peace of mind is enhanced by the support of their families.

    But everyone cannot afford hotel rooms for long periods.

    That’s where Fisher House comes in.

    Founded in 1990 by Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth, Fisher House provides free accommodations, giving veterans and their families a home away from home during treatment or rehab, said Rick Fabiani, president of the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation.

  • Color me red

    My hair has been some sort of blonde 99 percent of my life. A towhead as a child, the color has varied over the years, but there’s always been some shade of blonde to it.

    I came by the color naturally, since both my parents were blonde as youngsters.

    My father’s hair eventually took on a reddish hue, before it thinned to the point that he was just grateful to have any hair at all.

    My mother’s hair became a rich brown with auburn highlights, and when she died at 70, it was still a stunning color with minimal gray.

  • Residents call for end to ‘lawlessness’

    All John Mishler wanted was a place that was quiet and peaceful to live out the retirement years he had earned after many years in the cold north of St. Paul, Minn.

    Instead what he got was the sounds of gunfire, big trucks and occasionally a scream from a girl running through his yard in the wee hours of the morning.

    Mishler, a former Ford Motor Company employee, said it’s not unusual–especially in the warmer months–to hear the sounds of parties directly behind his house.

  • Decreased enrollment will cost school system

    Robert Hastings, superintendent of the School Board of Levy County, reported Tuesday that a decrease in full-time enrollment in area schools will cost the district as much as $70,000 in the coming budget.

    The decrease in funding comes from the state's latest FTE audit. Hastings called the results a "totally unacceptable amount."

    Hastings added that programs most affected will include ESOL and homebound students. He also added that future discussions will take place to prevent further cuts.

  • Don't drink and drive

    On Dec. 31, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office will host a DUI, Driver’s License Vehicle Safety Check Point on SR 121 in the area of 250 NE 6th Blvd in the city of Williston from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    This will be a part of a statewide effort to crack down on impaired driving over the holidays.

    Drivers are asked have their insurance, registration and driver’s license ready when entering the check point.

     

  • Community mourns death of teens

    They came to cry. They came to laugh. They came to remember young women who were taken from them in the spring of their lives.

    Tuesday night, friends, family, teachers and community members gathered at the flagpole at Williston High School to honor the lives and now memories of Tiffany Oliver and Marqui Cook, high school seniors who died following an accident Sunday morning.