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  • Local residents gather to watch inauguration

    Tuesday Jan. 20, the country swore into office the 44th President of the United States in a tremendous pomp and circumstance celebration on the steps of the Capitol.

    You didn’t have to be in Washington DC to be caught up in the celebration as a group of concerned citizens held their own celebration at Millers Park on the east side of Williston at the corner of highways 331 and 318.

    The event went off with joy and jubilation, and all who attended were even treated to the cold and blustery Washington, D.C. weather.

  • Teacher 'three days off' plan rejected

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings’ plan to ask all school employees to take three days off without pay has been dismissed, he told the board Tuesday morning.

    Because of the state retirement system, teachers must have a contract of 196 workdays.

    The plan would have reduced it to 193 days, jeopardizing employees’ retirement eligibility.

    “It was deemed that it would not be appropriate and we couldn’t take that route,” Hastings said.

  • City manager may add clerk duties

    An advertisement for a new position at city hall, that of Human Resource Director / Assistant City Clerk, may signal the beginnings of changes in the way Williston’s government is managed.

    At the council’s most recent meeting, the first one attended by new City Manager Marcus Collins, the subject of the retirement of City Clerk Barbara Henson was addressed.

  • CRA wants input from questionnaire

    At their first meeting of the year, members of the Community Redevelopment Association met new city manager Marcus Collins, who sat in on their deliberations, asking an occasional question and in general learning what that body does.

    Chair Dr. Ken Schwiebert read a letter he proposed sending to Bob Uhlar, who donated a great deal of his time installing new lighting in the pavilion in time for the Light Up Williston. Schwiebert said that the lighting “added significantly to the ambience of the celebration.”

  • Qualifyiing for city elections is Jan 12-16

    The qualification period for the three City Council seats available this year is scheduled beginning at noon on Monday, Jan. 12 and ending promptly at noon on Friday, Jan. 16.

    The seats available for this year’s March 3 election are Groups A, B and C.

    Steve Holcomb is the incumbent in Group A. Holcomb has been a member of the council since 2000. His particular area of responsibility is parks and recreation.

  • Council discusses permits at airport

    After the presentation of January’s Students of the month awards and the ceremonial swearing in of Marcus Collins as the new City Manager, the Williston City Council got down to two controversial items of business.

    Not for the first time, the council debated at length a policy for establishing a non-tenant business permit for those who wish to do business at the airport, but do not lease facilities there. And, not for the first time, the discussion resulted in the policy being sent back to the Airport Committee for reworking.

  • 2008 was year of change in city and county

    As the nation underwent a year of major change with the election of a new president, Levy County and Williston also experienced some changes during 2008.

    Downtown took on a new look as the first block of Northwest Main Street disappeared and became a part of Williston Heritage Park, the new name for what was known as Linear Park. Included was a new parking lot for the City Hall area and an entrance to Walgreens.

  • Dry conditions cause concern

    The combination of recent hard freezes in North Central Florida along with an average drought index of 619 has created higher than normal risks for wildfires.

    The index is based on a scale from 0 to 800 with readings in the winter months over 540 considered severe. And hard freezes kill and dry-out grasses and other light vegetation that helps spread fire. Wildland fire officials are urging citizens to use caution.

  • 2008 year in review

    JANUARY

    3 - A 19-year-old, Ethan Monette, was killed New Year’s Eve in a single-car accident.

    An upcoming homestead exemption amendment is explained.

    10 - School Superintendent Cliff Norris says he will not run for another term.

    The city will once again debate the issue of charging for police response.

    17 - The city’s CRA is concentrating on façade improvements.

    The League of Cities opposes a budget-cutting amendment.

    24 - City of Williston employees have voted to unionize.

  • Accident halts traffic on North Main

    An accident at approximately 5 p.m. on Friday on North Main Street, north of the triangle, tied up traffic as the Williston Fire Department and local police cleared up the scene. The accident involved multiple vehicles, including a motor home.