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Today's News

  • Home schoolers visit ranch

    Members of the Williston Christian Home Schoolers were guests of the Two Trails Ranch on Tuesday Feb. 17. Ranch owner Patricia Zerbini led the group around the sprawling ranch to view the animals and learn, "All about Elephants."

    That's right, since 1984 the elephants have been in Williston. The Two Tails Ranch was founded, designed and built in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky.

    The ranch has been home to over 100 elephants over the years. They come to seek care, rehabilitation, temporary housing, retirement, and reproduction.

  • Devils, P.K. win; play each other again Tuesday

    Sometimes teams do follow the script.

    The matchup everyone has expected in the regional semifinals will take place Tuesday at Williston, where the boys basketball team will play host to P.K. Yonge in the Class 3A, Region 2 matchup.

    Each team won on Thursday to advance. Williston eased past Keystone Heights, 62-32, and P.K. downed Union County, 85-67.

    Game time at Williston next Tuesday is 7 p.m.

  • Faade grants to spruce up downtown

    Williston’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) is encouraging downtown businesses to spruce up with the help of façade improvement grants, which will total $10,000 for this year alone.

    The thrust of the effort is to restore the historic feel of downtown Williston by returning core buildings to their original appearance.

    Grants are available up to $5,000 for a single façade. Grants for lesser amounts may be awarded. 

  • Gala gets $13,000 for Levy County schools

    When all was said and done after Saturday night’s 2009 Superintendent’s Gala, the Levy County Schools Foundation raised approximately $13,000 for scholarships for area students. The Gala, held this year at Chiefland Elementary, was attended by 240 community members and featured live music by the Central Florida Community College Patriot Jazz Combo.

    Two additions to the program this year included an award for outstanding alumni and a memorial scholarship for aspiring teachers.

  • City asks: What's in it for us?

    “What is Williston going to get from the stimulus package?” asked Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat toward the end of Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.

    What do we have that is “shovel ready” and how do we apply for the grants needed to secure the funds to do it?

  • Not much stimulus help coming to county

    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s meeting with tri-county elected officials was a case of good news-bad news.

    The good news is the stimulus bill passed.

    The bad news is not everyone will be satisfied.

    Nelson met with elected officials from Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County at the Gilchrist County Courthouse in Trenton Tuesday afternoon as part of a briefing tour. Nelson had visited Polk County earlier in the day and had later meetings in Live Oak and Monticello.

  • This weekend's events

    Livestock awards

    from Fair planned

    The Levy County Fair Association will be holding an Awards Presentation for the livestock exhibitors from the 2008 county fair on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Williston Heritage Park on Main Street.

    Refreshments will be served and there will be live music; please bring your own chair. The exhibitors from the Creative Arts program and the public are also invited.

    5,000-pound event

    kicks off Saturday

  • Upcoming events briefs

    Library program

    is tonight

    The Friends of the Williston Library will feature a dance program from Gainesville to celebrate Black History Month in February. The African Cultural dance ensemble, directed by Femi Kako Addie, will appear at 7 p.m. in the library on Thursday, Feb. 19.

    Femi also plays drums along with Robert Glaser to effect the beat for the dancers, who are Queen Chiku-Ngozi and Yetunde.

    The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

    Ombudsman

    group to meet

  • Upcoming events listing

    Saturday, February 21

    * Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Parish, 17353 NE 27A, Williston.

    * Williston Green Clovers, Juniors 4H Club, 9 a.m., Methodist Church, Williston, 213 W. Noble Ave.

    * Gospel Sing, 1:30 p.m., Highland Baptist Church, Morriston on CR 326 just east of SR 121.

    * SHARE Distribution, 9-10 a.m., Cornerstone Assembly of God. Contact Elsie Neal 528-5709.

    Monday, February 23

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

  • Baseball starts: Time for nostalgia

    When I was a little kid, growing up in the frozen tundra of northern New Jersey, this time of year was just getting to be a drag as winter seemingly never let up.

    But near the end of February there was something on the radio that gave hope to all of us who were ready to shed the heavy coats and boots. It was the voices of Russ Hodges, Red Barber and Mel Allen, and in the background you could tell they were broadcasting a live baseball game.

    Spring training had begun.