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Today's News

  • School Reunions

    WHS 1980-1989

    Williston High School, Classes 1980-1989 will hold a reunion June 27 from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. at Williston Crossings Resort, 410 NE 5th St., Williston.

    The class of 1989 will be honored as it commemorates its 20th reunion.

    The cost is $45 per person and a cash bar will be available. Only 300 tickets are available and must be purchased in advance. Attire is dressy/casual.

    For tickets visit www.luanncox.com/whsclassreunion or send checks payable to Susan Parks, P.O. Box 770244, Ocala, FL 34477-0244.

  • New software will screen visitors to JBE

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School administrators are taking extra precaution this fall to ensure they know just who is on their campus.

    Frances LaSalle, assistant principal, came before the Williston Chamber of Commerce last week to inform members of software the school hopes to purchase to help regulate the more than 6,000 visitors to their school each year.

    LaSalle said the new software would scan a visitor’s driver’s license and would tap into the sex offender database to alert administrators to any potentially dangerous guests at the school.

  • Livestock team heading to Denver

    The Levy County 4-H Livestock Judging Team recently attended livestock judging competitions at State level. The Senior Team placed second and earned the qualification to attend the National Livestock Judging Competition in Denver Colorado.

    The 4-H Senior Team members are: Krystal Munnerlyn in the front (Chiefland 4-H); from back left to right: Ella Merrill (Morriston Cowpokes 4-H), Jaden Fant (Morriston Cowpokes 4-H), and Tevin Mills (DoubleSink 4-H).

  • Mining hearing is Aug. 18

    A conditional special exception permit for a proposed limerock mine in the Montbrook community that has been hotly contested by residents will be considered in a public hearing on Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. by the Levy County Commission.

    The mine permit application by Johannes Vanderwey calls for the operation to be done near the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Montbrook community on an 88.18 acre site. The plans call for major mining, including blasting and crushing, on 68.8 acres for the next 20 years.

  • Back-to-School Rally is Aug. 8

    WE SOAR, Inc., will host the 15th Annual Back-to-School Rally on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Allen Chapel AME Church located at 48 NE 9th Street, Williston.

    A rally program will feature the WE SOAR Step/Mime team and other youth performing arts groups. There will be free school supply packs (assembled by appropriate grade-level), door prizes and refreshments.

    This event was designed to promote school readiness as well as provide school supplies to the youth and families throughout the community.

  • Stuff the Bus is Aug. 15

    Take advantage of back-to-school specials now and buy school supplies to help the Levy Schools Foundation Stuff the Bus on Aug. 15.

    All supplies collected will be distributed among the county’s teachers for use by Levy County students.

    In Williston, a bus will be at Hitchcock’s Foodway from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and in Bronson it will be at the Buy N Save Grocery.

    Cash donations are welcomed and will be used to buy supplies in bulk.

    Items needed include:

    • Pens

    • Pencils

    • Erasers

  • Library has new treasures to share

    The Williston Public Library has more new books for the dog days of summer.

    Riven by Jerry Jenkins, Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel, Assegai by Wilbur Smith, Shattered by JoAnn Ross, The Great Decision by Cliff Sloan, One Perfect Gift by Kathleen Morgan.

    Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind, Dark Angels by Darleen Cohen, No Small Miracles by Norris Burkes, One Mississippi by Mark Childress, Men in Black by Mark A. Levin, The Last Child by John Hart, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King.

  • El Nino brings high risk of extreme weather, tornado activity

    El Nio is here, and the National Weather Service and the Levy County Emergency Management are urging residents to prepare for potential severe weather caused by its impacts.

    El Nio, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I want to wish “Cracker” Johnson well, as he serves Levy County as the District-1 Commissioner. As a former Commission Candidate in the 2008 election, I campaigned along side of Mr. Blitch and Mr. Macri. and thought the governor would have appointed these two gentlemen.

    These two candidates walked a lot of miles on the campaign trail and spent a lot of money to run. They also garnered a lot of votes.

  • SVP auction nets big haul

    “Who’ll give me a 10 dollar bill?” was the question of the night Saturday as auctioneer Bob Martin of Otter Creek helped ring up more than $2,300 in sales of donated items to benefit Suwannee Valley Players.

    The Players are just six weeks into a massive, year-long fund-raising push to bring in $20,000 towards renovating the historic Chief Theatre. Saturday’s auction struck the first blow in the effort, as area businesses and individuals dug deep to help the 27-year-old community theater group upgrade its premises.