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  • 'Let Freedom Ring' parade needs entrants

    “Let Freedom Ring” – that’s what folks in Williston will do Monday, July 3 when the city of Williston hosts the annual Pre-Fourth Extravaganza.

    The city-sponsored festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a parade down Noble Avenue. Floats, marching units and of course, the horses will carry out the Let Freedom Ring theme.

    City Clerk Fran Taylor said last week the parade needs more entrants, especially horses. If you or your organization would like to participate in the festivities, call Taylor at city hall at 528-3060.

  • Low-cost spay/neuter termed a success

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and county veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians. 

  • LDS youth will tackle Williston trash Saturday
  • Watch for youth

    This Saturday, June 10, more than 100 youth and adults from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be out in full force in the city of Williston as they complete a clean up project.

    The youth, and their leaders, are coming from all around the region to work in Williston as part of a mission service project beginning at 9 a.m.

    Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat asks motorists to slow down through town Saturday morning since the young missionaries will be walking and working on public rights-of-way.

  • Williston gets a clean audit

    The department heads for the city of Williston have kept a tight rein on their finances and Tuesday night, their efforts were lauded.

    Helen Painter from Purvis, Gray & Co., the firm contracted to perform the annual audit, brought good news to the city council.

    "It's a job well done," she told council members.

    For the last few years, Painter has been rectifying items pointed out in a management letter and this year marks the second consecutive auditing season where nothing needed to be addressed.

  • Throw a shrimp on the barbie

    A look at the Williston Fire Department's rickety grill during April's Relay for Life caused PuroClean's Kim McLane a moment of pause. But just a moment, because she, along with her boss and company owner, Joseph Crane jumped into action to secure a new grill for the deparment.

    "They're volunteers," she said of the firefighters who have made the station their home away from home, "and we just needed to do something for them."

  • Williston School of Dance turns 40

    Williston School of Dance (WSD) presented its 40th anniversary recital, "Cheers to 40 Years" at the University of Florida's P.K. Yonge Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 13.

    Over 100 students, preschool to young adult, males and females, performed in 35 dances.

    2017 senior soloists were Katie Hagan, Naomi Hurlston, Emily Lowrimore and Janna Thorrington.

  • Remembering lives lost in the line of duty

    Dozens came May 19 to remember and honor the county’s two law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during the Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony held in Williston’s Heritage Park.

    Remembered during the ceremony were Williston Police Officer Cpl. David W. Moss and Deputy Sheriff A. Hagood Ellzey.

    On Saturday, July 30, 1988 Cpl. Moss was shot and killed while attempting to assist with what was thought to be a disabled vehicle.

  • New name for an old dream

    It may appear to have been quiet on the topic of the old Williston Middle School, but in the year since the Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) announced its plan to buy the 17-acre property, a lot has been going on behind the scenes.

    It was June 13, 2016 when MFA held a gathering of community leaders to brainstorm what could be done to, what was then called, the Williston Civic Center.

    Today it has a new name – The Legacy Center – and according to MFA President Johnnie Jones, the new name supports what the MFA will do once it owns the property.

  • Historic districts can add to city's flavor

    A dozen people interested in bettering the city of Williston listened to an expert on historic districts explain why they add value to a community.

    Bill Warinner, an architect and Realtor, told how his input has helped Gainesville organize its historic buildings and preserve the city's rich history.

    Auguste Zettler, Matt Marino and Josie Lodder were all on the same page –preserving the Williston that is Williston.