2007 Year in Review

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By The Staff


4 - The City Council voted 3-2 to place a referendum on the ballot increasing council terms to three years.

The Florida League of Cities honored Mayor Gerald Hethcoat with a proclamation and a pin marking his 25 years in elective office.

11 - A former radio operator tells of his World War II role in Greenland.

City election qualifying is next week.

The water district has limited lawn watering.

18 - The controversy over City Manager Jim Coleman's contract heated up at the council meeting.

Steve Holcomb and Debra Jones have qualified for re-election.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade was held in Williston.

The CRA is encouraging downtown businesses to spruce up with the help of faade improvement grants.

25 - Three city incumbents, Cal Byrd, Steve Holcomb and Debra Jones, drew no opposition as qualifying for the City Council ended.

Local businesses were honored at the Chamber of Commerce installation dinner.

The cost of single-family homes in Williston could climb.


1 - City Manager Jim Coleman will be asked to approve a revised contract.

8 - Rhino Outdoors gets approval for an extra day of operation.

The City Council discussed changes to the city manager's contract.

The Sheriff's Office has added video to its patrol cars.

15 - A neighbor says he was not told of the Rhino Outdoors hearing.

The Victory Museum features memorabilia from the military.

For what may be the seventh time in six years, a truck has struck a building at the corner of Main Street and Noble Avenue.

22 - The murder trial of Berny Serrano is set to start on April 23.

City officials canceled the election, which would have contained two referenda. No council seats were contested.

CLM, Monterey Boats have donated to the Levy County Enterprise Zone.

The council has offered a new contract to Jim Coleman.


1 - East Williston talks have drawn a large crowd.

Nuclear plant planning advances, Rotary Club members were told at a meeting.

8 - The corner of Main Street and Noble Avenue will get a temporary fix from DOT, with several parking spaces to be removed on the west side of Main.

The county is considering a grant to buy Blue Grotto.

The Enterprise Zone has gotten approval from Williston.

15 - The city's sidewalk project has been revised and will be put out for bids.

A groundbreaking was held for Shadow Trailers.

22 - A 22-year-old man was killed in an accident near Bronson.

The county could lose mining control if a bill passes in Tallahassee.

29 - A ruling preventing water bottling was upheld in circuit court.

The Levy County Commission has approved the Williston-based Levy County Fair.

A deer charged through a barbershop window.


5 - A body discovered in Goethe Forest was the end result of an apparent murder-suicide.

Local vendors are sought for the city's July 3 celebration.

An Enterprise Zone benefit meetings is set.

Spring brings a high danger of wildfires.

12 - Virginia Lofton of Williston Elementary is the district Teacher of the Year and Regina Appling of Joyce Bullock Elementary is the ESP of the Year.

Walgreens is planning to build a store to be open in 2008.

Re-elected council members were sworn in; Debra Jones is the president.

19 - Debra Jones is keeping the pressure on to make changes to Jim Coleman's contract.

Pat Hammond dies at age 95.

26 - The murder trial of Berny Serrano has begun.

Williston held its Relay for Life event.


3 - Berny Serrano was convicted of the murder of Jacob Langworthy and will be sentenced to life in prison.

10 - Jim Coleman will be offered a new contract.

An arts and crafts festival was held at Perkins State Bank.

Williston Police held their annual awards banquet.

17 - Sidewalks are a priority, the council and the CRA decided in a joint meeting.

High School seniors held their Baccalaureate services.

24 - Graduation was held for the Williston High School seniors.

No vote was taken on the new contract for the city manager.

The School Board was asked to place a memorial at the softball field in memory of Ann Williams Planas.

31 - Traffic plans for the new Walgreens have been revealed. Demolition on Hale's General Store has started.

A Memorial Day service was held at Orange Hill Cemetery.


7 - Marla Hiers is leaving her post as Williston Elementary School principal.

The city will move cautiously on adding new police radios.

14 - Plans for changes in downtown were revealed.

After 31 years, Billie Sue Johnson has retired as a high school math teacher.

A new driving program shows teens how they are affected when driving while distracted or impaired.

A moratorium has been placed on airport leases.

21 - A group is seeking Levy County "home rule."

Utility construction delays on Southwest Seventh Avenue are annoying local residents.

Jiwan James was named Class 3A Player of the Year.

28 - Berny Serrano received life in prison plus 15 years for murder.

Jiwan James has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.


5-Downpours at the beginning and end of the Fourth of July parade failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.

Sgt.William Wayne Crow, a U.S. Army member fromInglis, was killed in Iraq.

12 - Williston High School received a D rating, but partly because of a technicality.

Work will be done on the north gazebo in Linear Park.

19 - A new site on North Main Street for a City Hall is being studied.

A new book about Williston, Williston: Crossroads of Florida, has been launched.

26 - Cynthia Lewis has been appointed the new principal of Williston Elementary School.

Matthew Bamberger of Williston is enjoying his time serving in the Coast Guard.

U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, visited with local residents.


2 - A police officer, David Moss, who was killed 19 years ago, was remembered in a ceremony at the Williston Police Department.

Property Appraiser Francis Akins criticized officials over property tax breaks.

9 - A road worker from Morriston was killed in a Citrus County accident.

16 - The City Council and CRA met in a workshop to discuss parking and architecture.

Stuff the Bus was held to help teachers with supplies.

A superhighway that would affect northeastern Levy County was shot down in Gainesville.

The county millage rate has been set at 7.4212 mills.

23 - Residents may pay more on utility bills.

The city's "wet the kids" day draws a crowd.

30 - Work is continuing on Johnny T. Henry Park.

Parking discussions again occupied the time of the CRA.


6 - The dispute over water-meter readings has spilled over into the City Council.

The city is planning budget hearings.

Daniel Smith, volunteer firefighter, was honored by Mayor Gerald Hethcoat for delivering a baby in someone's front yard.

13 - A ceremony was held to remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

The CRA and the P&Z are going to work together.

20 - Williston is planning to charge for police response to accidents.

27 - Susie Smith was the queen and Carl Gilley was the king in homecoming festivities at Williston High School.

The county adopted the previously announced millage rate.


4 - Williston has backed off a proposal to charge for police response to wrecks.

A retirement event was held for Williston Sgt. Jimmy Lofton.

The city adopted a budget of 5.5 mills.

11 - Jerry Robinson announced he will leave the Williston City Council to run for County Commission.

Yard trash pickup rules may change.

Pastor Dave and Pat Matheny join Cornerstone Church on Sunday.

The Peanut Festival drew large crowds last weekend.

18 - Leann Carey is the new Miss Williston, Michaela Melton is Junior Miss Williston and Samantha Slaughter is Little Miss Williston.

A Navy pilot landed in Williston to honor his former coach.

25 - The CRA received design plans for the downtown area of Linear Park, and didn't like what it saw.

The EZDA has honored its donors.


1 - Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson will help open the Levy County Fair.

The Trail of Treaters was held in Williston.

8 - The CRA has approved preliminary engineering plans for Linear Park.

Williston High earned a spot in the playoffs after a three-way football playoff.

15 - An Iraq veteran spoke to the audience at a Veterans Day ceremony at the Levy County Fair.

Stephanie Cuello was chosen Miss Levy County Fair, and Mercedes Casillas was Little Miss Levy County Fair.

The city held a Veterans Day cemetery.

22 - Thanksgiving edition: A Raleigh couple is grateful for their new home.

Entries are sought for the chili cook-off.

29 - City workers may consider going to a union.

Some Williston officials got a raise.

The County Commission honored Chiefland's Brandon Thorsen, who was killed in Iraq.


6 - A sawmill got the approval from the county for a 24-7 operation.

The city tabled a request from the Levy County Fair for 25-year lease on the property where the Fair was held.

Dozens of bikes and bikers rode to support Justin Mashburn, an injured deputy.

The Levy County Quilt Show is under way.

13 - It was a beautiful Florida night for Light Up Williston.

20 - Johnny T. Henry Memorial Park was dedicated.

Fire Department helps Santa get through city.

27 - Injured veteran Catlin Mixson came home from his recovery to spend Christmas with his family.

Red-light runners may become photo subjects.

Worthless check complaints plague Levy County Fair.