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  • Woman's Club buffet is Sunday

    The GFWC Williston Woman’s Club and the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club will hold their annual Country Style Buffet Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 12 at the clubhouse located at 1049 NE 6th Blvd. in Williston (on Hwy 121 going toward Gainesville and just before crossing the railroad tracks).

    Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or until it is all gone.

  • Street dedication honors legacy of Willie Burgman

    The Burgman family has a lot to be proud of.

    In 1910, its patriarch, Willie, left his sharecropper life in Waycross, Ga., to head toward the unknown in Florida.

    The eldest of four children born to Carrie and Pledge Burgman, Willie had no formal education, and at 22 could only make his mark–an “X”–for his signature.

    He only knew the hard work of the fields when he set out and yet he was determined to work hard and have a good life.

  • Williston ready for Amendment 2

    The city of Williston, at the urging of Police Chief Dennis Strow, took an initial step Tuesday night to get the city where it wants to be should Amendment 2 pass Nov. 4.

    Amendment 2, on the general election ballot, ask voters if medical marijuana should be legalized in the state of Florida.

    Tuesday night, the council heard the first reading of Ordinance 645, which dictates where medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment facilities can be located in the city limits.

  • Sisters earn titles at Miss Heart of USA pageant

    Three local sisters were recently award the titles at the 2014 Miss Heart of the USA North Florida State Pageant in Jacksonville,.

    Courtney Rodgers, 18, was crowned North Florida's Miss Heart of the USA. Rebecca Rodgers, 14, was crowned North Florida's Junior Miss Heart of the USA. Madison Rodgers was crowned North Florida's Community Service Queen.

  • That Championship Season

    The pride was just as intense Friday night as when the Williston High School state-winning baseball team motorcaded down Noble Avenue in May. The reason? The team was presented its championship rings at halftime of last week's game, which saw the gridiron Red Devils wreaking havoc over Wildwood.

  • New supervisor's dreams for Williston Airport soar

    Wayne Middleton likes aviation and for most of his life has worked in and around airports.

    In September, Middleton filled the big shoes of Joe Ball, who retired after 15 years as the supervisor of the Williston Airport.

    A native of South Florida, Middleton and his wife, Bridget–a professor at Santa Fe College–have lived in Williston for over 10 years. His new position at the airport is his first employment stint at home, and he’s already loving his five-minute commute.

  • Robbery suspects arrested

    The three suspects wanted for the Sept. 20 robbery of the La Esperanza store at 114 NE 6 Ave., Williston, have been arrested.

    Charged in the incident are Guillermo Centeno-Marroquin, 22, of Ocala, Jordan Cruz, 22, of Belleview and Jayr Joseph Dinsen, 26, of Belleview.

    Centeno-Marroquin was the first to be arrested on Sept. 23 and after a confession, officers collected evidence used in the robbery, including the identity of the others.

  • Bicyclist killed on U.S. 41

    A bicyclist was killed just before midnight Saturday after he was struck by a Jeep on U.S. 41, south of Williston.

    Oscar Alfredo Jeronimo Sic, 23, of Williston was traveling south on U.S. 41 in the center of the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    The 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by Robert Carl Kinsey, 53, of Morriston was behind the bicycle, traveling 50-55 mph. Behind Kinsey – at about 200 feet– were John Paul Linnell, 36, of Ocala driving a 2001 Hyundai Elantra and Samuel Antonio White, 48, of Tampa driving a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle.

  • Saturday is Peanut Festival Time

    Get ready for everything peanut this Saturday when the 26th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival takes over Williston's Heritage Park.

    The festival features a variety of foods and assorted types of peanuts and peanut products, including our famous (while they last) grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Rides, music, crafts, and antique tractors, car clubs and motorcycles will also be here for your enjoyment. The festival also has a Little Peanut King & Queen and a Baby Peanut Contest.

  • Ride to Provide raises $100,000 for LARC; next ride is Oct. 25

    It started out as a visit by deputies to the LARC Center in Otter Creek.

    "We were asked to come out to talk to the clients," Sheriff's Lt. Sean Mullins told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Sept. 17. "I didn't know what to expect."

    He said the officers walked through the door and the adults started clapping.

    One thing he learned that day has stuck with Mullins: "They appreciate everything."

    Then came the idea of how cool it would be to ride bikes out to the center to show the clients.