Hip hop organizers working with county on concert

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Event to have positive, non-violent message

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Two of the organizers of the Labor Day Hip Hop Extravaganza that was cancelled by a court order met with the Levy County Commission and said their event was meant to be one with a positive message that was misunderstood. 

Leary Crawford of Gainesville, a former Williston resident with roots that go back several generations in Levy County, and Norman James Jr. said they have the proper paperwork to apply for a music festival permit and will be returning to the commission to set a new concert date. 

The concert, originally planned for Aug. 31, would have brought in entertainers from Tampa, South Florida and Texas to the site of an old RV park on U.S. 27 near Williston. 

When the Sheriff's Office found out the event did not have a county music festival permit, officers alerted the Levy County Commission and a court injunction to halt the event was sought and granted. 

The action came just months after a shooting at the Williston Crab Fest left one man dead and four others wounded. One man has been arrested in the shooting and is awaiting trial. 

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