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  • Out with the old, in with the new

    In the span of eight weeks, the faces of three key players in the city of Williston will have changed.
    Already gone is Norm Fugate, former city attorney who resigned Jan. 4. Jan. 27 will mark the last day for Valerie Anderson, city clerk and Police Chief Dan Davis has announced his retirement, slated for the end of February.
    Fugate, city attorney for almost 15 years,  resigned, citing differences with the city council. He read his resignation letter and it was only after he finished that he presented council members with a copy.

  • Three charged in Williston burglaries


    Three Williston men have been charged with a rash of burglaries that date back to July 2010 and includes at least two city  businesses.
    Jordan Shaffer, 21, Tye Pierce, 21 and Shon Smith, 18, were all arrested last week by Williston police officers in connection with burglaries at Pesso’s Pawn Shop and Green Shutters restaurant.

  • Jan. 31 last day to register to vote in city election
  • Williston man charged with racketeering

    Al Joseph Carnegie Jr., 29, of Williston, was arrested by Chiefland police Saturday night after it was discovered through a records check during a traffic stop that he was wanted on  outstanding Alachua County warrants for two counts of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in a controlled substance and public order crimes of racketeering, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • A Plus keeps students in the loop

    High school students with college or tech school aspirations now have a program that helps them learn the ropes about college before they ever set foot on campus as students.
    A Plus is a college and career program that provides seminars and workshops that helps prepare students for the future.
    Johnnie Jones, program coordinator, told Williston Rotary members Tuesday that A Plus is designed to supplement while high school guidance counselors are doing.
    Students meet in the Williston High School Cafeteria for eight weeks every Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon.

  • To The Top

    Congressman Cliff Stearns has nominated the Williston Public Library for the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
    A letter from Michele Farrell, Senior Program Officer and Coordinator of the National Medal for Library Services, was received by Michelle Traylor, Williston Public Library Librarian, this past week.
    “We are just delighted with the nomination and appreciate the notice that Rep. Stearns has given us,” Traylor said. “We plan to fill out the nomination forms to show our library’s best  features.”

  • Electric bills, policy shock town’s residents

    Williston city residents told council members Tuesday night they needed relief from what they believe are exorbitant reconnection fees once electric service has been halted.
    And because passions were so intense, and numerous, the council agreed to revisit its policy by holding a workshop to bandy ideas about Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
    The workshop came on the heels of nearly two hours of discussion from city residents about the city’s electric service, the power bills that follow and the fees charged to restore service.

  • FHP needs help IDing victim

    An unidentified Hispanic man riding a bicycle was killed Tuesday on Hwy. 41 about four miles north of Williston.
    According to the Florida highway Patrol, the cyclist was struck by a 2006 Nissan driven by Marvin Gunn, 26.
    The two were both northbound when the Nissan’s front struck the bicycle, propelling the cyclist forward.

  • Bicyclist killed: FHP needs help with ID
  • Dishman nominated for Officer of the Year

    From staff reports
    A K-9 officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has been selected as its North Central Region’s candidate for the 2010 Officer of the Year. 
    Officer Sam Dishman, assigned to Levy County, grew up in Florida, hunting and fishing in Pinellas and Marion counties.