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Today's News

  • Message to the graduates

    This is a big weekend for many young people in Levy County, as they leave high school and move on to the next phase of their lives.

    Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for most Levy County schools this weekend, a landmark day for a few hundred young adults who are ready to venture out into the world.

  • Memorial Day event held

    The American Legion Post 236 and the VFW Post 5511 held Memorial Day services at Orange Hill Cemetery in Williston on Sunday afternoon.

  • Foal returns home

    The mystery of the foal found inside the Williston city limits recently has been solved with a happy ending but a sad twist.

    Carmello Zappulla of Kimberlite Farm on U.S. 41 has come forward to claim the colt. Zappollo told authorities he found one of his mares dead on Friday, May 16. The mare was bred, but no foal was evident. Zappulla assumed the mare had died prior to giving birth.

  • Upcoming events

    TDC to meet

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will meet on Thursday, May 29, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Visitors Bureau Office, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

    Call 486-3396 for more information. The meeting is open to the public.

    EZDA changes

    meeting schedule

    The Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency has changed its meeting schedule to bi-monthly. The following are the regularly scheduled meeting dates:

    Wed., June 2, at 9 a.m.

    Wed., Aug. 6, at 9 a.m.

    Wed., Oct. 8, at 9 a.m.

  • Community calendar

    Saturday, May 31

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

    Monday, June 2

    *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.

    *Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday, June 3

    *Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    *Rotary Club of Williston, Chamber Conference Room, Noon.

    *Police Explorers, 6:30 p.m., Fire Department.

  • School retirees honored

    Seven retiring school employees were honored by the Levy County Education Association last week, and two scholarships were presented, at a gathering held at First United Methodist Church in Williston.

    In addition, Andy Ford, president of the Florida Education Association from Tallahassee, spoke to the audience.

  • Prepaid scholarship reassigned to WHS grad

    A Williston High School senior is receiving a prepaid tuition scholarship from a local woman who had intended to provide the education to her late granddaughter. Samantha Lewis will attend the University of Florida and study business, advertising and communications.

    Doris Young, who has had a stroke and is confined to a wheelchair, had purchased Florida pre-paid college educations for her grandchildren. However, one of those children, Sarah E. Adams, died in Pembroke Pines.

  • Margaret Brown signs with Polk

    Williston High School all-star softball player Margaret Brown has signed to play with Polk Community College in Winter Haven for the next two years.

    The three-sport star was a first-team Class 3A All-State outfielder last year. This year's team has not yet been announced.

    The left-handed Brown will be joining the Vikings and coach Dottie Cupp. "She'll definitely be in the outfield," Cupp said at a signing ceremony at the WHS Media Center on Tuesday.

  • Memorial Day memories

    Editor's Note: This is a column published annually, with some minor changes, by the editor.

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    I never knew my Uncle Joe.

    Somewhere there's a slide or a picture of him holding me on his lap shortly after I was born, but soon after that photo in early 1944, the sergeant shipped out.

    He was not only my uncle, he was my Godfather.

    He died in Normandy just one month after D-Day. I found his name on the Web, complete with the plot number in the cemetery in which he is buried.

  • Firefighters save local man

    On April 7, Williston Fire Rescue responded Northeast 85th Street in Raleigh to a reported grass fire. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a 3 to 4 acre pasture fire spreading rapidly.

    Firefighter Lt. Shane Colman and Firefighter Daniel Smith immediately started extinguishing the grass fire.

    Shortly after containing the fire and starting a second sweep to look for hot spots firefighter Smith noticed the landowner lying on the ground. Smith immediately notified Coleman and they found that he was not breathing had no pulse.