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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Marqui Nichole Cook

    Marqui Nichole Cook, 17, of Morriston died Dec. 27, 2009.

    She was born Feb. 22, 1992 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. to Mark Allen Cook and Diane Michelle Gianforte. She had lived in Morriston since 2004 moving here from Ocala. She attended church at Present Truth Ministries. She was a senior at Williston High School where she was a cheerleader. She belonged to FFA where she was part of the parliamentary procedure team. She enjoyed mudslinging at the power lines with her friends.

  • Tiffany Nicole Oliver

    Tiffany Nicole Oliver, 17, of Williston, died Dec. 27, 2009.

    She was born June 21,1992 in St. Petersburg. She was a senior at Williston High School, Class of 2010.

    She had a passion for family, friends, horses and working hard. and more with

    She was a tomboy at heart who loved climbing trees when she was younger, riding dirt bikes, ATV's, mud bogging to her newest adventure, hog hunting. She enjoyed the beach, swimming with dolphins and exploring the sea. Hlady. Her beautiful face and smile lit up any room she walked in..

  • FHP: Accident investigation could take 60-90 days

    Two 17-year-old girls died in a pickup truck crash last Sunday morning near Romeo and a third teen was seriously injured.

    The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Tiffany Oliver of Williston and Marqui Cook of Morrison were killed when the truck they were riding in rolled and struck some trees in the early morning accident.

    Passenger Nicole Brown, 15, was injured.

    The crash occurred at about 2:56 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, just north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41 at Northwest 13th Street.

    The three were headed north in Oliver’s 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup.

  • A chance to start over

    Every day that we are given the chance to wake up from our slumber and put our feet on the floor is another opportunity to start with a clean slate and start life anew.

    Unfortunately most of us tend to carry the burdens and travails of yesterday into our todays and that clouds our tomorrows.

    As 2010 sits on the horizon, it also marks the chance for new beginnings, new attitudes.

    What will you do with it?

    The first thing I challenge each of you to do is look back at 2009 and reflect on what was right with your life.