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Today's News

  • Disabled? Social Security can help

    Disability is something most people do not like to think about. But the unfortunate reality is this: the chances that you will become disabled are probably far greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a three in 10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.

  • $60,000 in 60 days

    The School Board of Levy County approved a contract for a math coach consultant on Tuesday night that could total as much as $60,000 for as many as 60 days of coaching.

    The contract will authorize consultant Roberta Dilocker to be a math consultant who will primarily focus on Williston High School for 30 days, and other Levy County schools for an additional 30 days, if approved.

    Williston received an “F” grade last school year, and much of the initial remedy is focused on improving performance in math.

  • A Horse Called Hustle is sweet and witty

    If sex, teasing and innuendo is what you want in a romance novel, then don’t bother with A Horse Called Hustle byee^CJ Love.

    However, if you want a quick-read that’s filled with humor, emotion and saccharine sweetness, be sure to pick it up.

  • Sheriff finds money for cars

    In a reversal of fortune, Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith told the Levy County Commission that on Monday he discovered he had about $450,000 left in the budget year that ended Wednesday and he spent it on 15 new patrol cars.

    At the same time, he told the commissioners who sat quietly during his announcement, that he will be returning $70,000 they put in next year's budget for repairs to the aging sheriff's patrol fleet and another $40 that was in the budget for repairs.

  • Fall at the Derby promises fun for a good cause

    All the grace, color and tradition that is the Kentucky Derby will move South Oct. 24 when Haven Hospice hosts Fall at the Derby at Black Prong Equestrian Center.

    The 250-acre property, nestled in the heart of the Goethe Forest, will showcase an evening of fun for benefactors of the end-of-life care organization.

    Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests will be entertained by the Rick Gordon Band, who will play throughout the evening.

    Both live and silent auctions will take place with the center’s Aulson Hall as the focal point for items that have been donated.

  • Williston farmers commit to protecting environment

    A study in 2008 reported agricultural activities as a major source of water contamination, but Williston farmers are working every day to minimize their environmental impact.

    “No one is more cognizant of the need to protect the environment than a man or woman who is absolutely dependent on that environment to make his living,” said Anthony Drew, a county extension agent at the University of Florida. “And a farmer, more than any other industry, is absolutely dependent on a healthy environment.”

  • Now I remember for her

    When I was growing up my mom stayed home. She worked, and worked, and worked. At home. She had 10 children. Twins were born at the end, myself and my sister Wendy. My mom was a master of talking on the phone, cooking, and carrying on multiple conversations with me or one or two of my siblings and looking out for us at the same time.

    Before computers and the internet, she was the original multi-tasker.

  • Firefighters plan training burn

    The Williston Fire Department is planning a little cleanup in East Williston and it got a little help with the project from the Levy County Commission.

    The commission, at its Tuesday meeting, agreed to accept an easement at 4151 N.E. 208th Terrace for the fire department to use for a training burn.

  • County waits on cities to act on water authority

    Once again Levy County has put off taking any action on joining any government utility authority until all of the municipalities reply to Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy’s proposal that the county form one of its own.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and one of the items on the agenda was Pomeroy’s letter to the other seven cities in the county to form a countywide water authority.

  • Letter to the Editor

     To the editor:

    We at WAG (the Williston Animal Group) and Trained Dog Happy Dog are pleased to report that our Canine Play Day was a great success this year.  We netted more than $2,500 for WAG’s mission of rescuing and finding new homes for abused and abandoned animals in the Williston area.