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Today's News

  • Store clerk faces narcotics charges

    The clerk at a Williston convenience store has been arrested on various charges by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    On May 7, Waqas Illahi, 27, was arrested for trafficking in controlled substance, sale of controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school and three counts of resisting arrest with violence.

  • Horses need protection

    Editor:

    I have to comment on these two stories of animal abuse that were in your paper. It's good that people get to read these stories, so they will be aware of just how bad the animal neglect and abuse situation is.

    It's about time the legal system takes animal cruelty seriously. It's a crime and the law needs to step up their penalties for it.

    They need to enforce stiff penalties for people who abuse animals. What was done to those horses at Beauty's Haven Farm is horrible.

  • Fourth graders start reading project

    The Levy County Schools Foundation announces the start of the Black Stallion Literacy Project for all Levy District fourth graders for the second year. "This literacy program motivates children to discover the joys of reading and wonders of learning through the magic of live horses and a Black Stallion book by Walter Farley", says Dara Bergdoll, Black Stallion Chairman. 2007 funding for this program was provided by Perkins Financial Group, Inc. and Heath Davis Company, Inc. and this year's program is being sponsored again by Perkins Financial Group, Inc., along with The Barfield Group.

  • Deaths could have been prevented

    There were some items in the news from this area recently that deserve comment.

    BOY DIES ON HIGHWAY: In neighboring Ocala, a 7-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while he was crossing Interstate 75 on foot.

    Take the time to digest a couple of things from that sentence: 7-year-old, and crossing the highway on foot.

    There are a number of blogs going on about this incident, and they are divided into two camps. First, they feel sorry for the parents and want to help them, and second, where were the parents when this was happening.

  • Bronson race results

    It was another beautiful night for racing at the ASA Sanctioned Bronson Motor Speedway and the crowd was buzzing with excitement as the stars of the RC-Cola/Moon Pie ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour invaded the high banks of Bronson for the Flagship RV Gator 100. Not only did the Limited Sportsman feature end with a different winner, a new face was able to put the brakes on a winning streak in the Super Stock Division as well. With the addition of qualifying, it was an action packed night of excitement for the whole family.

  • Spring football under way

    The Williston Red Devils are deep into their spring football practice.

    They have been working hard for the last couple of weeks under the watchful eyes of Coach Jamie Baker and his coaching staff. This past Tuesday evening saw the Red Devil players going through intense training and drills.

    The weather was hot and muggy but the instruction and effort were both exceptional. The Red Devils will continue with spring practice every evening until their spring game at Keystone Heights on May 27.

  • Trio gets ramp for better access

    On a hot, dry Thursday morning last week, members of the Williston branch of the AARP descended upon a mobile home on 118th Terrace, northeast of Bronson, with one purpose in mind - build a ramp.

    It was a combination of the Rural Ramp Program that serves North Central Florida, and the National Day of Service for the AARP, that brought the two programs together at the home of Rexford and Dexter Batten and Lynn Zeneski, and their five dogs.

  • Video store gets facade grant

    Williston's CRA awarded a Facade Improvement Grant to Vaughn Brewington, proprietor of Video Central, for repairs to the building at 143 W. Noble Ave. Work will include replacement of the overhang, new weather-resistant lights, and painting.

    This is the second award made in this year's grant program; the first was to Donna Dunaway, who owns the building at 424 W. Noble Ave, across from Williston High School. Dunaway would like to restore the building to resemble its original appearance and the list of improvements is extensive.

  • Writing scores improve

    The first batch of FCAT test scores are in, and the good news is, Levy County students showed impressive gains in writing skills.

    However, the Levy scores still lag below the state average in that area of testing.

    Results from the reading, math and science segments of FCAT won't be available until later this spring or early summer. The accumulation of all the

    tests will give each district and school a numerical grade i.e. A,B,C,D,F.

  • City needs $750,000 to finish new well

    The city of Williston needs to find $750,000 to pay for a project that has to be completed by Jan. 9.

    At a workshop Monday at City Hall, interim City Manager Mark Schiefer met with engineers and grant specialists to discuss the new water well the city is drilling north and east of town.

    A Community Development Block Grant was received for some of the construction, which is scheduled to finish in November. "We certainly have a funding shortage," Schiefer said.