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Today's News

  • Little known environmental issues

    Recently your paper ran an article by Andrea Rumbaugh about local farming practices and the environment. The basic concern was whether farmers contribute to environmental degradation with their use of chemical fertilizers and water use. These are good issues to bring before the public.

  • Grants fund EOC facelift

    The Levy County Emergency Operations Center recently received much needed upgrades to its exterior, according to Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson.

    The project included new paint for the exterior of building, parking lot restriping and sealing, and landscaping. Just under $10,000 was spent on the improvements, Johnson said. The funding came from federal and state Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Grant monies that must be spent in the fiscal year they are awarded.

  • Foreclosures occupy most of judge’s civil docket

    Judge Stan Griffis stays busy presiding over cases that involve family issues, probate and other non-felony civil matters, but he says it’s the foreclosures that keep him tied up these days.

    “Foreclosures are a staggering portion of my docket,” Griffis told Williston Rotary members last week.

    Griffis, who sits on the bench in Levy, Gilchrist and Alachua counties, said for the most part the people involved in the foreclosures are good folks who have found themselves in difficult situations.

  • WES honors ‘students of the month’

    The first Friday in October found parents, grandparents, and guardians galore flocking to the multipurpose room at Williston Elementary School for the first ceremony of the 2009-10 school year: honoring the September 2009 Students of the Month.

    Classroom teachers tap students in one of three categories – academics, most improved and citizenship – and each student receives a certificate acknowledging his/her accomplishments which garnered that particular award.

  • New coach at WHS

    After last season ended for the boy’s basketball team one game short of the “final four” in the Regional Finals, Williston coach Dave Vespignani accepted a position in Houston, Texas.

    Vespignani’s Red Devil team graduated just one player from the 21-9 team and had a JV team that finished their season 13-1.

    Enter new head varsity basketball coach Steve Faulkner.

  • ER situation worries Levy officials

    The imminent closing of Alachua General Hospital has some Levy County officials worried.

    “I’m very concerned about the time it’s going to take to get a patient in. It’s going to make us wait longer to get a bed,” Trish Seibold, Levy County Emergency Management Services director, said in a phone interview on Oct. 23.

    Levy County EMS transports about 7,000 patients a year to emergency rooms located in several counties — with Alachua county hospitals being the most frequented, according to Seibold.

  • VPK prepares children; saves parents money

    It is expensive to raise your little bundle of joy, but the state of Florida has a program that helps save a pile of money.

    Voluntary Prekindergarten, commonly referred to as VPK, is a program funded by the state that gives four-year-olds free schooling, said Tonya Hiers, the program and client services manager for Dixie County, Gilchrist County and Levy County at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast. The coalition disburses the money and regulates the program.

  • Williston man accused of taking radiators

    A Williston man is facing charges of burglary and grand theft after admitting to sheriff’s investigators that he took 50 radiators, valued at $2,000, from Ed’s Auto Salvage on NE 200th Ave.

    Bruce Nichols, 47, who lives near the business, was charged with two counts burglary and two counts grand theft earlier this week.

    The victim told deputies that someone entered his business Oct. 6 by scaling a six-foot fence topped with three strands of barbed wire.

  • Fall at the Derby

    The racing silks were flying. The horses were bridled and ready. The guests were meandering over the grounds. It was a clear night Saturday as Black Prong Equestrian Center welcomed hundreds of Haven Hospice supporters to Fall at the Derby.

    The autumn event is one of two major fund-raisers hosted by Haven Hospice annually, but the emphasis is always on “fun” rather than “fund.”

  • Halloween Happenings

    Trail of Treats

    Trail of Treats in the city of Williston will be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m.

    Corn Maze

    A seven-acre field maze is waiting for you to lose yourself in it this Saturday, Oct. 31 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    The operation of the maze, located on the Fant Ranch, is sponsored by Levy County 4-Hee^clubs.

    Admission is $6 for children 8 years old to adult. Children 7 and under are admited free. Concessions will be available. Participants are advised to wear outdoor clothing and comfortable shoes.