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Today's News

  • Regional Happenings

    Breast Cancer Fund-raiser

    The Second Annual Bunco Babes Ocala -Breast Friends - Shak’n Dice 4 a Cure Tournament Fund-raiser Against Breast Cancer will be held Jan. 8, 2010.

    The doors open at 6 p.m. and gaming begins sharply at 7 p.m.

    The event will take place at the Ocala Hilton, 3600 Southwest 36th Ave. in Ocala.

    Tickets are $30 and include playing Bunco and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available.

  • Levy Cup stays in Williston after 48-0 romp over Chiefland

    From the start Williston was in control, while the Indians could only see red.

    Williston easily retained the Levy Cup for the second year in a row last Friday with a 48-0 blowout of county rival Chiefland.

    The Red Devils (3-0) pounced early with a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dalton Edwards to running back Deonte Welch on their opening possession. The Indians followed with a 3-and-out that was stamped with quarterback Eugene Carter getting sacked on 3rd and 9.

  • Father Lopez edges out Eagles in Daytona Beach

    Daytona Beach Father Lopez needed to hold off a fourth-quarter Bronson rally to beat Bronson 27-22 at Alumni Field last Friday night.

    Bronson, which struggled against the Lopez defense, stayed in the game with big plays. Its first two touchdowns came on a 43-yard interception return and an 85-yard kickoff return.

    After the Green Wave’s Taylor Crimmins scored his second touchdown — a 33-yard run around the left end — Lopez (1-2) was up 27-14 with 4:49 remaining in the game.

  • Volunteers needed at Williston Middle School

    Several parents and community members have asked about volunteer opportunities at Williston Middle School.  Here are some school and class projects that would benefit from help from volunteers.  Please contact the office, 528-2941, or Dedee McLeod if you are interested in helping in these areas:

    • PBS (Positive Behavior Support) will hold an incentive event very 4 ½ weeks and volunteers are needed to help with it. This would be about a two-hour commitment.

  • Testing pushed president’s school speech aside

    Levy County students did not watch President Barack Obama's speech to students on Sept. 8, prompting questions from teachers and parents as to why the speech was not shown live at area schools.

    Ann Coffel, of Williston, said she was surprised to hear from a teacher in the school district that the speech would not be shown live to students. Coffel said she comes from a family of educators, and Obama's speech would have been a worthwhile teaching opportunity.

  • Apologies

    Our Web site was not updated last week because the editor was on vacation. The person who was responsible for updating the site did not and has been properly flogged, per your recommendations.

    We apologize for this egregious oversight and will update this week, both last week's stories and current ones.

    The rested and refreshed editor,

    Carolyn Risner

  • Susan Phillips: Seeing beyond her circumstances with a smile

    I f you have never visited a nursing home, you might be surprised to know that not all the people living there are “seniors.”

    Take Susan Phillips, for instance. Susan moved into Williston Rehab & Nursing Center six years ago, at the (some might say tender) age of 47.

    She brought with her a love of plants, fish, dogs, cats and bears, and had to leave behind a home where her love of bears was displayed everywhere.

  • Red Devils down Keystone Heights Indians 41-28

    It was another game that saw the Red Devils called for 15 penalties to just 3 for the their opponent. But it was the Red Devil speed on offense that proved to be too much for the Indians.

    After falling behind 3-0, the Red Devils' Brandon Preston took a hand off and raced 45 yards to the end zone on a second down and 40 yards to go, following a snap that went high over the quarterback's head at the 15-yard line. The Red Devils took a 6-3 lead.

  • Upcoming events listings

    Saturday, May 9

    * Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Parish, 17353 N.E. 27A, Williston.

    Monday, May 11

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * Al-Anon, 7 p.m. Midway Plaza, 13451 N.E. Hwy 27 Alt.

    * WHS Athletic Boosters, 7 p.m., WHS Media Center.

  • Ride to Provide looks for sponsors

    Grease the chain and check the tires – it’s time to get ready for the Fourth Annual 2009 Ride to Provide to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC). The Ride is a rapidly growing bike run with plenty to recommend it. First, the Ride runs through 60 of the prettiest miles in Levy County.

    Second, once kickstands come up, the boots don’t touch the ground until the file pulls up for a picnic lunch at the LARC campus in Otter Creek. This is a law-enforcement escorted ride, and all intersections are held for riders – no red lights!