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Today's News

  • Council starts abatement talks

    Williston residents overwhelmingly voted Aug. 30 for the city to begin a tax abatement program to entice business growth within the city.

    Now, six weeks later, the council is ready to formulate policies and procedures to enact.

    Last week, City Manager Scott Lippmann asked council members for direction on instigating an abatement program.

  • Methods of detection

     By Buster Thompson

    Finding cancer early makes it easier to treat before it spreads. Along with self- or clinical examinations for abnormal tissue, breast cancer can be detected in different ways, known as screening tests.

    Here are some summaries of different screening tests available to detect breast cancer, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health:

  • Just the facts

    FACTS & FIGURES

    • Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from 1 in 20 in 1960 to 1 in 8 today.

    •  For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than any other cancer, besides lung cancer. 

    •  Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. More than 1 in 4 cancers are breast cancer. 

  • Real men wear pink

    Members of Williston Fire Rescue Station 72 have picked up the challenge for Pink Heals Cares Enough to Wear Pink during the month of October.

    This year, members are selling t-shirts at the fire department and all money raised from the sales will go to River O’Rourke, the daughter of Robert and Hattie O’Rourke, who live in the Williston area.

  • Do your part to stop the thief that robs us all

    Breast cancer is a horribly wicked thing. 

    It is a thief. In addition to the horrendous side effects that often accompany treatment, it also strips you of your dignity, your humanity. It robs you of your joy, your livelihood, your relationships. It takes away the ability to connect; it pillages your finances and it destroys who you once were.

    If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who has gone through it. Or anyone who has loved someone who battled it.

  • Levy down from TS storm warning to watch

     Levy County has been dropped from a Tropical Storm Warning to Watch status as of 11:26 Friday morning, good news for residents fearing the effects of Hurricane Matthew as he headed up the East Coast of Florida.

  • Emergency Management 11 a.m. update

    Here's the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management Department:

    • Levy County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and the county can expect 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts. But if Hurricane Matthew moves any more to the west, residents need to be prepared for higher winds. This storm's path could change at the last minute.

    • This is not expected to be a rainfall event. 

  • Schools close Friday

    Here is the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management and the next update will come at 11 a.m. after a briefing:

    "There is not much change in the track (of Hurricane Matthew) and we expected that, said David Peaton, assistant director at LCEM. 

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Oct. 1, Rexford Lee Batten, 32, Bronson, VOP.

    • Sept. 29, Stephanie Lynn Beach, 33, Trenton, out of county warrant.

    • Sept. 26, Octavio Antonio Bentancur Jr., 23, Orlando, no DL, FTA.

    • Sept. 30, Tamera Deann Bickles, 30, Cocoa, non support of children or spouse. Bond $1,800.

    • Oct. 2, Denise Necole Brown, 30, Chiefland, touch or strike.

  • Grudge match ends with Bears over Devils

     By Travis Coleman

    Contributing Writer

    Last Friday,  the Williston Red Devil football team took on the Dixie County Bears, losing by a score of 13-12. 

    The game was a defensive slugfest, with the Devils fighting as hard as they could, but coming up just short of the victory. The loss brings Williston’s record to 2-2 overall, and 0-2 in district play.