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Today's News

  • Company banks on Williston’s future with hospital

    With only two weeks under their belt as the new management company for Nature Coast Regional Hospital, Physicians Healthcare Development Inc. (PHD )is still assessing needs and plotting the course of their work in Williston.

    The new management company, only 18 months old, was founded by four men with assorted health care backgrounds who came together in a unified cause: to develop how physicians and patients can have a louder voice in how health care is delivered. (You can read the four partners’ biographies at www.webphd.org.)

  • Health department ready for swine flu vaccinations

    While it may seem that the mainstream media is overlooking the elderly in its swine flu updates, the Levy County Health Department is taking measures to educate and inform the county’s aged on the pandemic.

    Monday morning, Liz Powers, director of nurses at the health department, addressed members of Williston’s AARP to ensure correct information about H1N1, or swine flu, is disseminated throughout the county.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Matt Cravey, FFA Advisor and Agriculture teacher at Dixie County High School suffered a stroke and other health complications this past summer and has been shuttling between hospital and nursing home in an all out effort to rehabilitate and get on the road to recovery. His wife, their three sons and extended family are working hard to see that Matt gets the care he needs.

    As you can imagine, the medical costs are staggering and the family’s budget and insurance are nearly exhausted. Matt and his family need our prayers and financial support.

  • Peanut man charged with selling more than nuts

    It apparently just wasn’t peanuts he was serving up at his roadside stand.

    On Sept. 1, Joey Barrera of the Drug Task Force arrested James W. Scott, 51, of NE Hwy. 27 for selling narcotics and marijuana from his vendor booth between Williston and Bronson.

    Scott was charged with the sale of marijuana, less than 20 grams and possession of marijuana following a four-month investigation led by Agent Rob Bowers.

  • Band boosters sponsor golf tourney

    The Williston High School Band Boosters in association with 1st Class Tournaments have partnered to host the 1st annual “Red Devils and Friends” Golf Tournament in Ocala Oct. 3 at Candler Hills Golf Club.

    This tournament has been designed to promote fellowship between Williston High School Alumni and supporters of Williston High School.

    Entry fee is $65 per person which includes green fees, cart and dinner.

    Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, longest putt made, closest to the pin, and others to be named. Foursomes are encouraged to register.

  • Breaking NewsUnemployment down in Levy

    Unemployment in Levy County dropped by 0.6 percentage points from July's 12.1 percent to 11.5 percent in August, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.

  • Park is now tireless

    The giant tractor tires in the Cornelius Williams (East Williston) Park will be removed permanently at the direction of Williston’s City Council.

    At the last council meeting, Virginia McDonald, a resident of the neighborhood, asked that the tires be removed because they were not safe. The council agreed and the tires were removed.

  • Where the wild things are

    A lot of little girls go to bed and dream of ponies. But not Patricia Engesser. Her childhood dreams were filled with snarling tigers. And she didn’t wake up screaming.

    “I always wanted a tiger,” Engesser said. “So, I married a guy with one.”

    Engesser and her husband, Robert, have been married about 26 years and own The Zoo AKA Jungle Safari between Chiefland and Trenton.

    It is one of six licensed wild animal facilities in Levy County.

  • JROTC finishes 17th in nation

    A team of four Williston High School JROTC Cadets shot their way to the Junior Olympic National Finals in the Three Position Air Rifle competition held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

    The four team members, Ali Mohs, Savannah Rios, Matthew Converse, and Devin Colson placed second in the matches in the state of Florida competition. The top two teams in all 50 states then went to the Junior Olympic Finals where the Williston team placed 17th out of the 100 participating teams.

  • Non-profit school of dance will have performers at Peanut Festival

    Williston School of Dance (WSOD) is “leaping” into the new academic year and “spinning” in excitement. Enrollment is at a record high, and the school currently hosts students from as far as Ocala, Gainesville, Newberry, Chiefland, Archer, Jonesville, Morriston and High Springs.  Families choose WSOD for the dependable quality of professional, expert instruction, for financial accessibility and for the family atmosphere, individualized attention, and low student/teacher ratios of a small-town school.