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  • Williston Police investigate three crimes

    The investigation of three crimes that occurred in the early hours July 4 got a break Monday.
    A box truck that was taken from Maguire’s Auto Repair was found in Hialeah, according to the Williston Police Department.
    Police Chief Dennis Strow said Cpl. Fred Morris, while on routine patrol, saw a U-Haul behind Lane’s Yardware on East Noble Avenue.
    Upon closer inspection, Morris discovered the business had been burglarized and several thousand dollars worth of yard tools had been taken.

  • Meet the candidates Friday and Saturday
  • Be safe: Mosquito-proof your home

    With all the recent rain, mosquitoes are going to be hatching out and we all need to remember a few tips to avoid being bitten.
    The five Ds are:
    Dusk & Dawn are when mosquitoes are most active so you should avoid being outside at those times. And if you must be outdoors then--
    Dress so your skin is covered with clothing. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt.
    Drain any empty containers and stagnant water so mosquito wrigglers can’t grow up to become biters.

  • Familiar face returns to city hall

    A year after losing the Williston City Manager job, Oel Wingo is back at city hall doing just that.
    Wingo was officially hired June 27 to fill the void left by the termination of Pat Miller’s contract.
    As the interim city manager, a post she held from May 24, 2011 until Miller came on board a couple months later.

  • 'The issue' is sexual harassment

    Though suspected for over a month, and hinted about by some, it only became public last Friday.
    ‘The issue’ that landed City Manager Patrick Miller on paid administrative leave May 24 was sexual harassment following allegations by two female city employees.

  • Chinese delegation visits where their planes are made

    A ceremony to mark Team Tango’s partnership with the THXH Hubei Aviation Co. for the production of general aviation aircraft was held last Friday at Williston Airport.
    Local dignataries joined Phil Gardner, general manager of Revolutin Aviation d/b/a Team Tango and a Chinese delegation that included  Dezhang Li, Xiuquan Ge, Bo Chen, Huimin Song, Abrahahm Liang and Hong Ren for a tour of the airport and the plant where the Rapier, a four-seat aircraft and the Tango 2, a two-seat aircraft, are manufactured.

  • City of Williston looks for volunteers

    The city of Williston is looking for volunteers who can assist in city hall with answering phones, filing and light clerical work.
    City staff will train volunteers, who must pass a background check.
    City hall is a Drug Free Workplace.
    “We thought that maybe some of the students at Williston High School who need volunteer hours for Bright Futures may be interested,” said Cyndie McQuaig, the Planning and Zoning Administrative Assistant.
    This is also an ideal opportunity for older adults with time on their hands, she added.

  • Rhonda Griffiths named Pioneer of the Year nominee

    Rhonda Griffiths of Williston has been chosen as June’s nominee in the Pioneer of the Year contest.
    Griffiths joins other nominees Donny Turbeville, Theresa Batchelor, Sean Mullins and Joe Smith in the contest to find the community’s unsung heroes–people who make a difference to better their town.
    In the letter of nomination, Griffiths is cited for working with the Lions Club and horse rescue groups, as well as doing assorted fund-raisers for the area’s youth.

  • Steve Oelrich candidate for U.S. Senate

    Steve Oelrich has announced his intent to run for U.S. Congress. His letter reads:
    “I’m Steve Oelrich, conservative Republican running for Congress in the newly created 3rd Congressional District here in north Central Florida.
    “Currently, I’m a State Senator representing over 60 percent of this new district, and was the first and only Republican Sheriff elected in Alachua County since Reconstruction. I’m pro-life, pro-gun and pro-family.

  • Miracle Dog

    Noon may not be a traditional naptime, but if you’re Annie Grace, you’ve earned the right to nap anytime you want to, and as often as you want.
    At 20, Annie Grace may be the  world’s oldest living Italian Greyhound but since the American Kennel Club doesn’t keep that information, there’s no way of knowing for sure, said her human companion,  Patty Standridge.