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Today's News

  • Do we say thank you enough?

    It took my father’s unexpected death to make me truly realize how fleeting life is.

    It was then, at the age of 33, that I promised myself I would not let an opportunity pass to tell people how much they mean to me or thank them for their influence and inspiration on my life.

    For the most part I’ve held up to that promise over the years.

    I tell people Iee^love them more freely.

  • Peanut Festival around the corner

    The Central Florida Peanut Festival is coming.

    This is a family-friendly event sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce. It features a variety of delicious foods and assorted types of peanuts and peanut products, including our famous southern peanut pie. Rides, music, crafts. and antique tractors, car clubs and motorcycles will also be here for your enjoyment. The festival also has a Little Peanut King and Queen and a Baby Peanut Contest.

  • Duncan McCallum: Fighting an unseen enemy

    It was just a few months ago that Duncan McCallum was sitting on his tractor working as he has for the last 15 years.

    Today that work has come to a standstill, albeit a temporary one, as he fights a battle that even he can’t see.

    For the last several months, McCallum, 67, has been in and out of the hospital fighting an aggressive blood infection that has already cost him his right leg.

  • Is the winner the one who can shout the loudest?

    Editor:

    On Tuesday afternoon (September 8th), I received a phone call from a

    friend of mine who is an educator in this county. The caller said,

    "Well they didn't show it." For a moment I couldn't imagine what the

    caller was talking about. Then it hit me. The speech - the speech

    the President of the United States was to give the country's

    schoolchildren about the value of a good education and about staying

    in school!

    There are three generations of educators in my family. I love my

  • 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.