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Today's News

  • Register now for Christmas parade

    Less than two weeks remain for Williston businesses, churches and individuals to register to participate in the 2017 Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Williston Chamber of Commerce.

    The parade begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 and the theme is "The Songs of Christmas."

    Participants are encouraged to choose a song, religious or secular, and plan the float or marching unit around that song.

    The Chamber will award prizes during Light Up Williston after the parade.

  • Happenings

    November

       Calling High School Juniors

    Santa Fe College will host a pair of recruiting events geared toward high school juniors in November. The events will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St., Gainesville.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Oct. 30, Reginald Ventrall Adams Sr., 44, criminal contempt.

    • Nov. 2, Summer Addison, 24, Trenton, petit theft from farmer. Bond $1,000.

    • Nov. 1, Joseph Allen Anderson, 35, Newberry, VOP.

    • Oct. 30, Richard Steven Blaske, 31, Perry, possession of a controlled substance w/o prescription, out of county warrant. Bond $5,000.

    • Oct. 31, John Douglas Bonnell, 48, Inglis, out of county warrant.

  • Williston may be home to new animal shelter

    The city of Williston inched closer to getting a new animal shelter Tuesday night when council members agreed to help fund plans for a facility near the municipal airport.

    Bob Levesque, president of the Levy Animal Friends, Inc. (LeAF), with about a dozen supporters from that agency and the Williston Animal Group (WAG) came to the city council meeting and outlined plans for a new shelter that would be located on seven acres near the current WAG site.

  • Veterans will be honored with Saturday parade

    Men and women from all walks of life representing every branch of military service will be the guests of honor Saturday, when the city of Williston hosts the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade.

    Step-off is at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. More than 35 units have pre-registered to participate in the parade down Noble Avenue including floats, motorcycles and horse and buggies.

    Following the parade, everyone is encouraged to come to the Heritage Park Pavilion where Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat's annual Veterans Day Program will take place.

  • Disappointed for our heroes

    Perhaps not since 9/11 has our call to patriotism been louder than it is now in the troubling times we live.

    From taking knees to honoring families of those killed in action, daily we're reminded of what sacrifice and patriotism mean.

    For three weeks, this newspaper promoted a free service to honor our nation's veterans. All anyone had to do was submit a photo and a few words about the veteran for them to be showcased in this edition.

    Sadly, few of you took the opportunity.

  • What's in a name?

    The editor of my first newspaper had been an assistant editor for over 34 years by the time I entered her newsroom.

    Over the course of the four years I worked under her as a reporter, I learned many, many things about life in a small town weekly newspaper. Perhaps the most singlehanded important tidbit has proven tried and true for almost 30 years: don’t get the name wrong.

    “People will forgive you for errors,” she told me, “but it’s hard for them to forgive you when you mess up their name.”

  • Happenings

    November

    TDC Meeting

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council (TDC) will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at 620 N Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

    CEE Luncheon

    Citizens for an Engaged Electorate will host their monthly Open Discussion Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Melanie's Restaurant, 112 E. Noble in Williston. Join any discussion going on within the group or start one of your own. No topic is off-limits, so long as the discussion is kept respectful.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Oct. 23, Stephanie Marie Abold, 37, Gainesville, FTA. Bond $250.

    • Oct. 28, Paul Lavelle Alexander, 39, Crystal River, DWLS, assault with a deadly weapon w/o intent to kill, possession of cocaine, possession not more than 20 grams. Bond $45,000.

    • Oct. 29, Mark Matthew Alibozek, 37, Morriston, DUI and damage to property. Bond $5,000.

    • Oct. 23, John Ameer Craig, 43, Williston, out of county warrant. Bond $449.

  • Much ado about sleep

    When I tell you I don’t sleep, I am not bragging. Nor am I complaining. I’m just stating a fact. And perhaps looking for some sympathy or justification on why I look so bad.

    I once was a sleeper.

    Decades ago, I could sleep until noon or later any given day of the week. Of course, that was when I really was a night owl and wasn’t getting into bed until the wee hours of the morning.

    That’s all changed now. I can go to sleep at 3 a.m. and in two to three hours, I am wide-eyed and ready to start my day.