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  • WHS graduation is Monday

    More than 130 Williston High School seniors are candidates for graduation next Monday, May 22 when the class celebrates the end of one era and the beginning of another at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville at 7 p.m.

    Valedictorian Robert Sistrunk Jr. will lead the Class of 2017 and will deliver his address that will combine serious notes with a dose of humor.

    A salute to the graduates, and stories on the valedictorian and co-salutatorians, Emory Allnut and Sheri Miller, is in this week’s edition.

  • Problem in Williston?

    It's rare that Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann airs his frustrations in a public meeting. Tuesday night was an exception.

    Lippmann, who was hired in 2012, said it is troubling when city residents go to a council member expecting a resolution to a problem.

    Instead, he suggested, council members should ask residents, "Have you contacted city hall?"

    Lippmann said the chain of command needs to be followed if any resident is having issues.

  • Students have minor injuries following accident

    Thirteen students were taken to Regional General Hospital this morning (Wednesday) after the school bus they were riding in was struck from behind by a pickup truck. Students were reported to have minor injuries.

    According to Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow, at 7:36 a.m., the Williston Police Department, Williston Fire Rescue, Marion County Fire Rescue and Levy County Department of Public Safety responded to the 800 block of East Noble Avenue where the accident occurred.

  • 13 students sent to hospital after accident
  • CRA begins memorial work

    The veterans memorial will be a reality but before a monument or paver of any kind can be put in Heritage Park, there's much work that needs to be done.

    Monday night, Ken Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) presented his committee with a survey of the area that dates back several years when the memorial was a vision.

  • Sex offender arrested; more charges pending

    A Williston man who failed to meet conditions for his release was arrested May 5 and now an investigation continues about why he may not have met those obligations.

    Christopher L. Caffie, 24, of 3731 NE 217 Court, Williston, was charged for failure to comply with Sex Offender registration requirements.

    Caffie was convicted of a felony sexual offense in 2012 and is required to register with the Sheriff’s Office two times a year.

  • Suspects sought in drive-by shooting

    A resident on NE 210 Avenue in East Williston was awakened at 4 a.m. last Sunday by a crashing sound inside his home. He investigated the sound but did not find anything wrong and went back to bed. At approximately 9:30 a.m., he discovered a bullet hole through his front window and called 911.

    Deputies discovered someone fired a gun from outside the home. The bullet entered the resident’s north facing window, went through a recliner then lodged in the homeowner’s entertainment center. The bullet was recovered and it appears the weapon is a 9mm handgun.

  • Weekend features blueberries and plants

    You won't have to travel far this weekend to participate in outdoor activities.

    Williston’s Red White & Blues Farm will celebrate May 6-7 with its first Blueberry Festival.

    Scores of vendors, featuring arts, crafts, information and food are expected to be on site at the 100-acre farm during the two-day event that will also showcase blues and jazz music, pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee rides and more for the children in your life.

  • Veterans' Memorial gets a much needed push

    Two large contributions and a lot of hard work by a few dedicated volunteers have pushed the fund for a Veterans' Memorial past the original goal.

    Three years ago, when the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first conceived the notion of a memorial, donations were slow to come in and the bricks that honored veterans were only purchased sporadically.

    In March, David Wilson, himself a veteran, told the CRA he was "saddened and embarrassed" by the lack of a memorial.

  • Litter ordinance discussed

    Fed up with the amount of trash that is dotting the city's parks and streets, Tuesday night the city council directed staff to begin a draft of a litter ordinance that carries substantial punitive measures for those who are caught littering.

    However, Police Chief Dennis Strow said there is already a state statute that addresses litter and it carries with it a fine and/or jail time. Strow said oftentimes a state statute supersedes a municipal ordinance.