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  • Foal returns home

    The mystery of the foal found inside the Williston city limits recently has been solved with a happy ending but a sad twist.

    Carmello Zappulla of Kimberlite Farm on U.S. 41 has come forward to claim the colt. Zappollo told authorities he found one of his mares dead on Friday, May 16. The mare was bred, but no foal was evident. Zappulla assumed the mare had died prior to giving birth.

  • Firefighters save local man

    On April 7, Williston Fire Rescue responded Northeast 85th Street in Raleigh to a reported grass fire. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a 3 to 4 acre pasture fire spreading rapidly.

    Firefighter Lt. Shane Colman and Firefighter Daniel Smith immediately started extinguishing the grass fire.

    Shortly after containing the fire and starting a second sweep to look for hot spots firefighter Smith noticed the landowner lying on the ground. Smith immediately notified Coleman and they found that he was not breathing had no pulse.

  • East Williston Park advances

    The East Williston Park is a major step closer to reality after the City Council approved the site plan and gave the go-ahead for permitting at its Tuesday meeting.

  • Abandoned foal found

    Perhaps as a sign of troubled economic times, a 5-day old foal was found abandoned Saturday morning, May 16, at about 7:30 a.m. on the outskirts of Williston.

    The foal was found between some parked trucks about 100 feet off U.S. 41 about a half a mile from the intersection of State Road 121.

    Seen first by a passerby, the foal, a colt, is being cared for by a nearby horse farm. There are two adjoining businesses- BC Hauling and Williston Peanut. Volunteers have scoured all surrounding farms in the immediate area from which the foal may have originated.

  • Trio gets ramp for better access

    On a hot, dry Thursday morning last week, members of the Williston branch of the AARP descended upon a mobile home on 118th Terrace, northeast of Bronson, with one purpose in mind - build a ramp.

    It was a combination of the Rural Ramp Program that serves North Central Florida, and the National Day of Service for the AARP, that brought the two programs together at the home of Rexford and Dexter Batten and Lynn Zeneski, and their five dogs.

  • Video store gets facade grant

    Williston's CRA awarded a Facade Improvement Grant to Vaughn Brewington, proprietor of Video Central, for repairs to the building at 143 W. Noble Ave. Work will include replacement of the overhang, new weather-resistant lights, and painting.

    This is the second award made in this year's grant program; the first was to Donna Dunaway, who owns the building at 424 W. Noble Ave, across from Williston High School. Dunaway would like to restore the building to resemble its original appearance and the list of improvements is extensive.

  • Writing scores improve

    The first batch of FCAT test scores are in, and the good news is, Levy County students showed impressive gains in writing skills.

    However, the Levy scores still lag below the state average in that area of testing.

    Results from the reading, math and science segments of FCAT won't be available until later this spring or early summer. The accumulation of all the

    tests will give each district and school a numerical grade i.e. A,B,C,D,F.

  • City needs $750,000 to finish new well

    The city of Williston needs to find $750,000 to pay for a project that has to be completed by Jan. 9.

    At a workshop Monday at City Hall, interim City Manager Mark Schiefer met with engineers and grant specialists to discuss the new water well the city is drilling north and east of town.

    A Community Development Block Grant was received for some of the construction, which is scheduled to finish in November. "We certainly have a funding shortage," Schiefer said.

  • Williston moves ahead on new City Hall

    At its Tuesday evening meeting, City Council gave its approval to moving forward with two significant ongoing projects: the purchase of a new city hall and the installation of traffic light monitors to detect red-light runners.

  • Horse killed; California trip stalled

    HIGH SPRINGS - A man whose fund-raising quest was to travel from Williston to California in a wagon behind two horses ended tragically in High Springs when one of his horses died early Thursday, May 1, after being hit by a car.

    Rodney Burnett, 51, left Williston earlier in the week with much fanfare. He had planned on taking a trip all the way to the Pacific Ocean, raising money along the way for Ladder H Farms, an organization that, once it had enough money, would provide therapeutic experiences for disabled people through the use of horses.