Local News

  • Familiar face returns to city hall

    A year after losing the Williston City Manager job, Oel Wingo is back at city hall doing just that.
    Wingo was officially hired June 27 to fill the void left by the termination of Pat Miller’s contract.
    As the interim city manager, a post she held from May 24, 2011 until Miller came on board a couple months later.

  • 'The issue' is sexual harassment

    Though suspected for over a month, and hinted about by some, it only became public last Friday.
    ‘The issue’ that landed City Manager Patrick Miller on paid administrative leave May 24 was sexual harassment following allegations by two female city employees.

  • Chinese delegation visits where their planes are made

    A ceremony to mark Team Tango’s partnership with the THXH Hubei Aviation Co. for the production of general aviation aircraft was held last Friday at Williston Airport.
    Local dignataries joined Phil Gardner, general manager of Revolutin Aviation d/b/a Team Tango and a Chinese delegation that included  Dezhang Li, Xiuquan Ge, Bo Chen, Huimin Song, Abrahahm Liang and Hong Ren for a tour of the airport and the plant where the Rapier, a four-seat aircraft and the Tango 2, a two-seat aircraft, are manufactured.

  • City of Williston looks for volunteers

    The city of Williston is looking for volunteers who can assist in city hall with answering phones, filing and light clerical work.
    City staff will train volunteers, who must pass a background check.
    City hall is a Drug Free Workplace.
    “We thought that maybe some of the students at Williston High School who need volunteer hours for Bright Futures may be interested,” said Cyndie McQuaig, the Planning and Zoning Administrative Assistant.
    This is also an ideal opportunity for older adults with time on their hands, she added.

  • Rhonda Griffiths named Pioneer of the Year nominee

    Rhonda Griffiths of Williston has been chosen as June’s nominee in the Pioneer of the Year contest.
    Griffiths joins other nominees Donny Turbeville, Theresa Batchelor, Sean Mullins and Joe Smith in the contest to find the community’s unsung heroes–people who make a difference to better their town.
    In the letter of nomination, Griffiths is cited for working with the Lions Club and horse rescue groups, as well as doing assorted fund-raisers for the area’s youth.

  • Steve Oelrich candidate for U.S. Senate

    Steve Oelrich has announced his intent to run for U.S. Congress. His letter reads:
    “I’m Steve Oelrich, conservative Republican running for Congress in the newly created 3rd Congressional District here in north Central Florida.
    “Currently, I’m a State Senator representing over 60 percent of this new district, and was the first and only Republican Sheriff elected in Alachua County since Reconstruction. I’m pro-life, pro-gun and pro-family.

  • Miracle Dog

    Noon may not be a traditional naptime, but if you’re Annie Grace, you’ve earned the right to nap anytime you want to, and as often as you want.
    At 20, Annie Grace may be the  world’s oldest living Italian Greyhound but since the American Kennel Club doesn’t keep that information, there’s no way of knowing for sure, said her human companion,  Patty Standridge.

  • Airport, city plan for improved relationship

    The mother-in-law lives in a suite adjacent to the house but she doesn’t have dinner with the family.
    That was City Attorney Fred Koberlein’s summation of the city of Williston and its Airport Committee after differing views of the most recent committee meeting were presented at last week’s city council meeting.
    Councilors Elihu Ross and Charles Goodman were appointed last month to be the council’s liaisons to the committee and last week  President Jerry Robinson asked the two for their takes on their first meeting.

  • Williston audit confirms progress

    The city of Williston was commended for making progress in correcting the deficiencies pointed out in last year’s  annual audit.
    “It was a much more pleasurable audit this year,” Helen Painter told the city council last week. “This is a good team to get the city back on track.”
    Unlike last year when the audit was considerably late due to poor financial record keeping and the turnover at city hall, this year’s audit will only miss the deadline a few days and will show a city that is meeting the challenge.

  • Weather Update-Governor declares State of Emergency

    As a result of Tropical Storm Debby, an Executive Order of Emergency has been declared by Gov. Scott, which includes Levy County. The Board of County Commissioners for Levy County have also signed a Local Declaration of Emergency.

    The recent heavy rains have caused sinkholes to form, roads to flood and weakened the root systems on some of our trees, making them vulnerable to the winds. Drivers are cautioned to stay off of flooded roadways and be aware that roads could become obstructed with debris.