Local News

  • Fire reported at the Arbours; no one injured. WFD on scene eliminating smoke
  • Robert Philpot earns lifetime achievement award

    ST LOUIS   – Robert Philpot of Williston, . is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Lifetime Achievement Award on November 18 at the NAAE annual convention in St. Louis.

  • Guardian Angels pass the leash to new owners

    Actor Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond fame is acting as master of ceremony for the inaugural Passing of the Leash Ceremony of the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. on Saturday at the Holy Family Catholic Church parish hall in WIlliston.
    A dessert party and photo opportunity with Garrett will begin at 7 p.m., with the ceremony starting at 8 p.m.  The ceremony is held to symbolically mark the occasion of turning over the medical service dogs from the Guardian Angels trainers to their new owners.

  • Senate releases proposed reapportionment maps

    The state Senate reapportionment committee has released its proposed reapportionment maps for Congressional and Florida Senate districts and the news for Levy is that it will no longer be divided into two congressional districts.

  • Family of the Year

    Family of the Year, to the Bergdolls: The Jason and Dara Bergdoll family, that includes Travis, Brett and Steven  Suharja, has been named Family of the Year by the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club.

  • Special meeting set to deal with audit letter

    The drawn-out 2010 audit for the city of Williston included several concerns to the city by its auditor back in October, and last week the council set a special meeting in January to deal with those issues.
    On Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., the city council will meet to pore over the letter and discuss how to find solutions to the problems the auditing firm of Purvis Gray & Company outlined.
    Some of those issues include utility billing, bulk power cost adjustment, gross receipts and sales tax payable and the airport fund.

  • Even without seeing combat, Mitchell has stories to tell

    Growing up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania, Robert Mitchell longed for adventure. On his 18th birthday, he thought he might have a way to satisfy the urge–he joined the Army.
    At the peak of the Vietnam War, he knew he would be sent overseas.
    And he was.
    To Italy.
    Instead of tearing through the jungles of Southeast Asia, Mitchell found himself  tearing up the rifle range as part of the Rifle and Pistol Team.
    Instead of jumping into foxholes, he instead jumped hurdles, competing against legendary track stars like Willie Davenport.

  • Interest grows in council position

    At least three men have thrown their hat in the ring to fill the city council post that is expected to be vacated Nov. 22 when Council President Marc Nussel resigns.
    In a letter to the council Nov. 8, Nussell announced his intent to void his post at Tuesday’s meeting. Council agreed then to accept applications through Nov. 28 and possibly fill the position Dec. 6.
    At press time Tuesday afternoon, the following had submitted applications:
    • Charles Goodman, a construction company owner who has lived in Williston four years.

  • Williston says ‘thanks’ to veterans

    Attendance may have been slightly off this year, but the enthusiasm and appreciation for this nation’s veterans did not wane, as the city of Williston paid tribute to the people who protect our freedoms.

    The evening began with the posting of the colors by the Williston JROTC, followed by the high school band performing a medley tribute to various branches of the military.

  • Community leader Royal French dies at 89

    Royal French was ahead of the game in almost every aspect of his life.

    A collector of memorabilia, he chronicled the last 70 years of his life in four-inch binders–more than 80 of them.

    Programs, notes, photos, newspaper clippings–anything and everything someone  might need to do research was included.

    “He was a scrapbooker before it was cool,” his daughter, Debra French Jones said Tuesday.