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Today's News

  • It's only been seven years

    Next Thursday is Sept. 11.

    You DO remember Sept. 11, don't you?

    As of this writing (Tuesday morning) I have not heard of any memorial ceremonies, etc., around here to commemorate that date, to remember the thousands of people who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack in the continental U.S. ever, except that the mayor wants to make sure everyone flies a flag on that date.

    At least the mayor hasn't forgotten.

  • Fly the flag on Sept. 11

    Editor:

    Dear citizens of Williston:

    Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, marks the seventh anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses of our firefighters, police officers and citizens at the World Trade Center. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism has pulled us through some tough times and it should not take another attack on our country to fire us up again.

  • Politics as usual

    Editor:

    You could not have commented any better in your news commentary published August 28th. Levy County residents have given up on government leaders in Levy County. Yes, they do attend meetings and express thier frustrations over tax increases but they know that in primary and general elections thier vote would be an exercise in futility and they stay home.

  • The money shuffle begins

    The Levy County Commission is doing the end-of-year money shuffle as some departments have some cash on hand to help other departments strapped for cash.

    In its regular meting Tuesday morning, the commissioners approved moving money around to help six departments that were short of funds.

    The commission took cash from the following funds and departments:

    General Revenue, $180,561

    E911, $9,440

    Emergency Medical Services, $276,843

    Fire, $204,512

    Drug Task Force, $17,612

    Capital Projects, $542,157

    And gave funds to:

  • Students of the Month honored

    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the first Student of the Month awards of the academic year at the City Council meeting on Sept. 2.

  • Northwest Main Street to remain closed

    Access to the Walgreens parking lot will be improved in the next few weeks, but the closure of the Noble Avenue and Northwest Main Street intersection is permanent.

    At Tuesday night's meeting, Debbie Reilly, the manager of the Williston Walgreens store, asked Williston's City Council for better access to the store. She said that the closure of Northwest Main Street had made it difficult to access the store directly. Those driving east on Noble Avenue must turn at either Northwest 1st Street or onto Main Street, then access Northwest Main from Northwest 1st Avenue.

  • BOCC learns more costs go with radios

    The Levy County Commission was taken aback to learn in a budget workshop that the new radio system used by law enforcement and emergency responders will be expensive to maintain.

    During a workshop for county constitutional officers Tuesday afternoon, commissioners were told the county's 332 hand-held and mobile units, which already cost $14.95 each per month in user fees are almost out of warranty and an extended warranty will cost $175 per unit per year. That's $58,100 per year on top of the $59,560.80 in user fees.

  • Upcoming events

    Clothing giveaway

    There will be a free clothing giveaway at the Raleigh Church of God by Faith, 7891 N.E. Highway 41, on Sept. 6. There will also be free hot dogs.

    For information call 528-3132.

    Flag Team plans

    barbecue Saturday

    The Williston High School Flag Team will hold a barbecue lunch on Saturday, Sept. 6 in front of Williston City Hall.

    Tickets are $8 and include barbecued chicken, potato salad, baked beans and dessert.

    All proceeds go to the flag team.

    Book Fair planned

    at City Hall

  • Community Calendar

    Friday, September 5

    * SHARE Sign Up 1-3 p.m. Cornerstone Assembly of God. Contact Elsie Neal, 528-5709.

    * Fish Fry Meal, 6 p.m., Holy Family Church, Williston.

    Saturday, September 6

    * Friends of the Williston Library, Book Fair, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Center in the the City Hall Complex.

    Monday, September 8

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

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

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

  • Karaoke contest held

    The usual suspects triumphed at Monday's karaoke contest held at AMVETS Post 88 in Bronson, though the menu of music on tap was long and deep.

    It took a three-way sing-off to crown Carissa Fields of Chiefland, with her letter-perfect rendition of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." Bronson's Reginald Stacy placed second with his tiebreak song of "Purple Rain," by Prince, and Samantha Beckham was third with Martina McBride's "Independence Day."