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Today's News

  • Barbara Gordon: If you want to be happy, you can

    Barbara Gordon is a woman who knows all about starting over from scratch. In her early 30s when her marriage of 17 years ended, she scraped together $150 to buy an old station wagon, packed up her four children, and left Indiana for North Miami Beach. There the woman who had never before worked outside her home became a merchandiser for Woolworth’s and later K-Mart, while she finished bringing up her children.

  • Believe in Miracles assists women battling cancer

    About eight months ago, 45-year-old Polly “P.J.” Jensen noticed a lump under her left arm.

    She was unable to afford health insurance and ineligible for Medicaid.

    “So I kind of set it aside at the time – something I should have never done,” P.J. said. “Something every women should never do.”

    After a while, the mild discomfort became painful tenderness. “It got to the point that I couldn’t wear anything tight around that area.”

    She finally went to the doctor early this month.

  • Food Pantry feeds the hungry; nourishes the soul

    By 11 a.m. Saturday, the six-foot table was teeming with canned goods and pantry staples as the Youth from Williston First United Methodist Church braved the humidity to collect goods for the food bank that is housed in their church.

    “The need is so big, we are running low,” members said, taking the time to thank shoppers who dropped off one item, or a dozen.

    Five churches support the food pantry and more than 40 families are helped each month with its bounty.

  • WES earns the Silver

    When everyone cooperates and politeness fills the room, the mood is happier and more conducive to learning.

    The students and staff at Williston Elementary School have done such an extraordinary job with the Positive Behavior Support (PBS)ee^program that recently they were honored as a Silver Level Model School for their efforts by the University of South Florida.

    PBS is a system that rewards students for their good behavior.

  • Judge Joe Smith to retire

    Joseph E. Smith, a normally relaxed person, was positively ebullient as he welcomed the visitor to his office.

    The room reflects his persona with Florida State University memorabilia always in view. The judge is known for his devotion to the garnet and gold, so much so a daughter is named Garnet.

    And why not be faithful to the school that launched the love story of his life? Smith met his wife Bobbie when the two attended FSU. They have two children, Garnet and a son, Scott, a Methodist minister, and six grandchildren.

  • Small Town Christmas

    It all began with a birthday.

    A birthday, almost 20 years to the day from this week’s edition.

    The way Lorraine Liebenau remembers it, her husband Fred ventured into a Hallmark card shop Dec. 9, 1989 to pick up a birthday card for his loving wife, and walked out with not only a card but the first of what would become a collection of Christmas village pieces.

  • School District banking on “Race to the Top’

    Finding revenue to keep the school district growing and improving is still first and foremost on Superintendent Bob Hastings’ mind.

    Wednesday, the superintendent addressed about 20 people at the first Superintendent’s Breakfast, sponsored by the Levy School Foundation.

    Hastings is optimistic that the School District, like the nation, will rebound from the recent sour economic downturn, but he doesn’t think it will be this year, or even next.

  • SRLC gets to Round 2 of grant process

    It’s good news for the Suwannee River League of Cities.

    Out of 2,200 applications for federal dollars to fund broadband expansion, the League’s submission was one of 52 to make it to the next tier.

    League members learned last week that their application entered Phase II of the process, making it only one of two in Florida to make the cut.

    Should the League make the next cut, the possibility of money coming to Cedar Key to enhance its communication system is one step closer, said Jeff Hendry, executive director.

  • Skateboarding banned in city parking lots

    Skateboarding will be banned in municipal parking lots, starting immediately. The city council, after much discussion over the last few months, has made that decision, though the details have yet to be worked out.

    The subject was brought to the fore at the last meeting by councilman Steve Holcomb (who was absent from Tuesday evening’s meeting due to illness). He noted then that a skateboarder in the lot in front of city hall had hit a parked car.

  • Chiefland woman hits it big

    Carolyn DeVore said she was just returning home from church when she received a call that would forever change her life.

    When she answered her phone,  the voice on the other end said, “ We hit it big.”

    “We hit what?” she asked the caller.

    “We hit the Lottery.” The voice told her.

    “And it was a whirlwind after that,” DeVore said in an interview last week.

    DeVore, of Chiefland, was one of 12 people to recently win $9 million off a Florida Lottery ticket bought at a Chiefland Winn-Dixie.