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  • 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.

  • Friends of Library will hold last book sale Oct. 4

    The Williston Friends of the Library will have its next book sale from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 in the Community Center at city hall.

    Prices will be greatly reduced as this will be our last book sale until further notice. All items will $1 per bag or $3 a box.  

    Volunteers are always appreciated and needed on Friday, Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. to help set up the sale and then again day of sale at 1 p.m. to pack up books.

  • Take a step back in time

    The public is invited to take an excursion back in time to the Golden Age of Transportation at an exhibit of “RAILROADS & RIVERBOATS” at the Cedar Key Community Center, “F” and Sixth Streets, Cedar Key.

    Sponsored by the Levy County Historical Society, the exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26; Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28.

  • Nation mourns with Bell over murder/suicide that claimed eight

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    and Mark Scohier

    Sarah Lorraine Spirit and her six children were laid to rest in a private funeral service on Monday, but what may not rest are the questions of what motivated her father, Don C. Spirit, to shoot them on Thursday, then calmly call the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office to tell them what he had done and how he planned to kill himself as well.

  • It's Peanut Festival time

    The 26th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 4 in 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.

  • Bronson breaks ground on sewer system

    Bronson will begin construction on its $2.9 million sewer expansion project within the next few weeks.

    "It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here," Bronson Mayor Franklyn Schuler said at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning in front of Town Hall.

    The sewer system, primarily aimed at increasing business development along the town's main corridor, has been in the works for years.