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Today's News

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    On May 29, 2009 two cities, Williston and Dunnellon, united in a mutual partnership to protect one of Florida’s special natural resources, Rainbow Springs. It was stated that two of the major threats to the springs are water quantity and quality. Williston and East Levy County, which lie in the Rainbow River Springshed, provide a necessary water supply function (surface and ground water recharge) to areas south of the county, i.e. Rainbow Springs in Dunnellon.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    The June 4 issue contained a letter from a concerned citizen (with whom we agree 100 percent). She recommends we show our support in trying to defeat the request for special exemption permits.

    Your note referred the readers to a story on page one.

  • Drew taking aggressive approach to county budget

    Telling the Williston Rotary Club Tuesday that she hoped to bring a new perspective to the county budget process, Commissioner Marsha Drew said she liked to think outside the box.

    Drew, appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in March to fill a vacancy on the county commission, said her life experiences will enhance her term–whatever the length of it.

    “I understand what it means to walk in their shoes,” she said detailing 30 years of self-employment history that includes everything from wedding planner to plumber when she was building her house.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Marly Eugene Days Jr., 20, of Bronson was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia on June 1. The arrest came on the heels of law enforcement officers serving an Alachua County warrant for VOP robbery with a firearm.

    Upon entering the residence on N.E. 72nd Court, law enforcement personnel allegedly spotted the illegal items. A search of the subject’s car also turned up cocaine. Bond was $16,000.

    Other arrests reported by the Levy County Sheriff’s Department are:

  • Williston Police Department

    The Williston Police Department reports the following arrests:

    • Nicholas A. Bunch, 20, of Williston was charged June 3 with domestic battery.

    • Christopher Lynn Coup, 31, ofee^Ocala was picked up June 3 on an habitual violator warrant.

    • Thomas Anthony Dempsey, 46, of Williston was arrested on a writ of bodily attachment.

     

  • Community Calendar

    Blood Drive

    Every day LifeSouth Community Blood Centers needs over 1,000 units of blood for the hospitals we serve. This summer, bring paradise to those in need and get a chance at your own tropical getaway by donating blood during the Donors in Paradise summer drive on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13.

    The blood drive will be held at city hall in Williston on Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 13 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

  • Church News

    Holy Family Fish Fry

    The Ladies Guild and Fellowship Ministry of Holy Family Catholic Church will hold a fish fry Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. The adult price is $7 and children’s plates are $4. Proceeds go toward community outreach.

    A door prize of a free meal to the next fish fry will be given away as well as an individual door prize.

    Wild Adventures Trip

    Destiny Church of God by Faith is planning a trip to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

  • Williston was but one of hundreds of stops on way to New Orleans

    It was a sweltering 89 degrees Monday afternoon and along the US 27 corridor east of Williston there were few people stirring in their yards or farms.

    Most residents, still at work or resting in their recliners, were planning on what the night’s dinner would be.

    István (Steven) and Ferenc (Frank) Ivanics were more concerned about where they would lay their heads for the night, as they waged a battle against the seemingly endless batallion of mosquitos.

  • Memorial Day is a time to honor, remember

    He was a 17-old-boy who knew he was not cut out to be a scholar, a coalminer or a farmer. And so he did the only other thing he could think of:ee^he lied about his age and joined the Army.

    By November 1950, he was on the shores of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea and on Dec. 1-2 he was shot twice, bayoneted 16 times by the Chinese and left for dead on the frozen tundra.

    Back home his parents received a telegram that read, in part, “Your son was slightly wounded.”

    Semi-illiterate, all they knew to do was pray.

  • We will not forget

    Beneath darkened skies where lightning danced in the distance and the cadence of the thunder kept time with the drums, more than 100 people came Sunday to Orange Hill Cemetery to remember veterans and their families during the 59th Annual Memorial Day Service.

    Veterans, young and old, paid homage to the fallen and gave thanks for their sacrifice.

    Civilians of all ages were on hand to show gratitude to the living, and to honor the dead.