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  • Don't tax me, bro

    Cookie King stands on the corner of Noble Avenue and Main Street in Williston Tuesday morning waving to motorists. "I've been here since 9 a.m. and I'll stay here as long as I can stand, because I love America," the local Realtor said. Residents were lined up to vote at local polling places Tuesday morning.

  • Hastings, Barker win

    One incumbent was ousted Tuesday in Levy County as Property Appraiser Francis Akins lost to Osborn Barker.

    Barker collected 9,529 votes or about 51 percent, to 8,817 for Akins.

    In the hotly contested school superintendent race, Bob Hastings defeated Jeff Edison, 9,566, or 54 percent, to 8,304. Hastings has worked in all three areas of the county and most recently was the principal at Chiefland High School. Edison has worked under the retiring Cliff Norris for years.

  • Council names top manager candidate

    The Williston City Council agreed on its unanimous first choice for city manager after interviewing the five finalists for the position in a marathon session on Oct. 23.

    He is Marcus Collins, currently the city manager of Crescent City, a position he has held since 2005. Collins has indicated strong interest in the Williston position since it was advertised.

  • City Manager interviews set

    The remaining field of five candidates for the Williston city manager position will be interviewed on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the City Council chambers, beginning at 1 p.m. Each candidate is allocated an hour. The interviews are open to the public.

    Three of the eight chosen for personal interviews, Jim Gallagher of Winter Haven, Robert Mearns of Fort Walton Beach, and H. Blake Proctor of Fairmont, N.C., have withdrawn their names from consideration.

  • Boy dies after nighttime ATV accident

    A Williston boy who would have turned 4 next month died last week in an ATV accident north of Williston.

    Aaron Donald Ford, known as Peanut, who was born Nov. 8, 2004, died when an ATV driven by Michael J. Hoolihan, 51, drove into a rock pit filled with water, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident occurred on private property at 5550 N.E. State Road 121, about a mile north of Williston, at about 10 p.m.

  • Peanut royalty

    Tayelen Seabrook and Reagan Jones are the 2008 Little Peanut King and Queen for the Williston Peanut Festival.

  • Council cuts police position

    After some opening pleasantries, the Williston City Council focused on the subject that concerns everyone in the nation: finances. Paying expected bills, authorizing some unexpected expenditures, contracting for budgeted items and suggestions for new revenue streams were the primary thrust of the meeting.

  • Baby Peanut winners crowned

    Two Williston residents were crowned as the Baby Peanut winners in the annual Peanut Festival contest held Saturday, Oct. 4, at Williston Heritage Park. More photos and details of the festival will be Thursday's print edition.

  • City manager hopeful list cut

    Williston's City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to determine which among the 24 candidates for city manager they wanted to interview.

    Each council member and Mayor Gerald Hethcoat had been asked to rate the candidates based on criteria that could total 100 points. Those criteria included education (the advertisement had specified at least a bachelor's degree in business or public administration) and employment history (the ad specified three to five years of public employment in Florida, at either the city manager level or below with increasing responsibility.)

  • CRA takes a field trip

    Members of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) took a stroll during their Monday evening meeting.

    Williston's Interim City Manager Mark Schiefer suggested the outing as a prelude to talking about the progress on the first block of Heritage Park and a couple of difficulties that had been encountered. They looked at sidewalk paving, where some unanticipated curbing will be required.