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Today's News

  • Choking game isn't fun

    Children Die Playing the "Choking Game"

    For the first time, the federal government has counted the number of youths who have died from the so-called "choking game" and discovered at least 82 deaths.

  • Williams to run for state representative

    Mike Williams, a long-time business owner from Madison, filed with the Florida Elections Commission to become the next State Representative from District 10. Williams has owned retail businesses in Madison and Thomasville, Ga., since 1979 and is involved in many business and community organizations.

  • Country star to sing Saturday in Bronson

    Weather Report for Saturday, Feb. 23: Snow is expected at the Bronson Youth League Park, 220 Picnic St., Bronson. That's right, SNOW!

    Among the many fun and entertaining attractions at the Bark-N-Purr Charity Concert and BBQ Cook-Off will be a kids snow slide provided by the Gainesville Ice Company. What an experience for children who have never seen the real thing!

  • Future of Airport Committee comes up for discussion

    It was item 8B on the city council agenda for it's Feb. 5 meeting: "Vice President Robinson re: abolishment of the Airport Committee." The notation was read on that date and then the item was tabled until the next meeting at councilman Robinson's request.

    Yet the reaction was explosive when the idea was discussed at the Feb. 19 meeting.

  • Byrd to run for County Commission

    The Levy County Commission race in District 5 heated up when Cal Byrd announced recently that he will challenge two-term incumbent Danny Stevens for the Democratic party's nomination for the seat.

    Byrd has served on the Williston City Council for nearly 25 years. He was a charter member of the Airport Committee, which was established nearly 10 years ago to oversee the growth of Williston's airport and industrial park, and he still serves in that capacity. As a councilman he oversees the utilities department and he also sits on the retirement pension board.

  • Upcoming events

    First-graders set patriotic program

    The first-grade classes of Joyce Bullock Elementary will present a program of historical and patriotic music titled "America, Forever Free," Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Williston High School auditorium.

    The program with the general theme of freedom, features Native American songs, early American songs, a song sung by African American slaves, as well as some beautiful patriotic selections. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy these young performers as they celebrate the freedom of our wonderful country.

  • Wild Observations

    These February days outside are full of movement, a visual dance of changes. Have you noticed the amount of dry leaves falling from live, laurel and other evergreen oaks? Buds on these trees begin the unfolding of new fresh leaves to replace the old fallen ones. The pine trees release pollen that moves through the air, resting in yellow powder on receiving surfaces. Only the turkey oak leaves, jagged-edged and brown, remain on their branches longer into spring. The movement of wind causes these dry leaves to rustle insistently.

  • Community Calendar

    Monday, February 25

    * 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.

    * VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    * Williston Single Seniors Social Club (for people 55 plus), 6:30 p.m., Billy Jack's Restaurant, call Alan Lovine 495-1294 or Ruth Parker 528-6094 for more information.

    * CRA, 5:15 p.m. City Hall.

    * 4-H meeting, Maggie Pogue, 6 p.m., 528-5221.

    Tuesday, February 26

  • JBES honors bus riders

    Joyce Bullock Elementary students started the year off right by demonstrating positive behaviors on the bus in January.

  • Devils lose in boys regional

    It didn't take long to find out how Tuesday's basketball game was going to go.

    P.K. Yonge jumped out to an 18-point lead and held off a determined Williston team to take a 51-37 win in the Class 3A, Region 2 semifinals at Williston.

    The win ends the Devil boys basketball season at 21-8. After defeating Wildwood on Saturday P.K. Yonge moves on to play Wednesday at Lakeland in the state semifinal against Fort Myers Dunbar.