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Today's News

  • CRA muddles through bids

    After a long session of confusion over bids for the panels that will hang on the pavilion in Williston’s Heritage Park, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) made a decision to go with the low bidder if that bidder met specifications established by the committee.

    And that seemed to be where the confusion came from – the committee had not previously set specs for the bids.

  • Council says no to high school cafeteria

    The cafeteria on the former Williston High School campus is up for grabs after Williston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to not enter into negotiations for its purchase.

    The decision came early on in the discussions as City Manager Scott Lippmann told council, "There are issues with the cafeteria."

    Lippmann said it would be difficult to expand the building should the city need to at a future date, and there are concerns about storm water and drainage.

  • Balanced budget reached by pinching pennies

    The third time is the charm.

    At least that's how many workshops it took before the Williston City Council came up with a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

    Monday night the council met to discuss cuts to the budget that would prevent the city from drawing on its reserves – about $44,000 –  to fund this year's expenses.

  • Williston Middle High dedicated Aug. 27

    By Sean Arnold

    The construction of Williston Middle High School got off to an inauspicious start, which included an early switch in building contractors and the discovery of an unexpected grave site upon the clearing of the property.

  • City hall top priority for council

     By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    After months of discussions and two extended workshops where residents were encouraged to add their ideas, the report for the future of Williston was unveiled last week to the city council.

    Professional facilitator Marilyn Crotty summarized what both council and residents brainstormed and put it into a report listing goals and objectives.

    Topping that list is the goal to develop a new city hall.

  • Summary of the city's strategic plan

    This is Williston's plan for the future. Questions or comments should be directed to city hall at (352) 528-3060.

  • Council stymied over future of city hall

    For more than a year, Williston City Council has bandied about the idea of the city possibly someday acquiring the cafeteria property at the original Williston High School for conversion into a new city hall building.

    During that year there were talks about reduced prices, trading out services and lopping the cafeteria off from the rest of the school property.

    The future is now.

  • FBI makes arrest in 39-year-old crime

    Over 39 years ago, Mary Gene Bailey French and her husband, Royal, were ending a beautiful vacation in the Hawaiian Islands.

    The splendor of the trip was marred in the days ahead by a story shrouded in mystery, deception, betrayal and murder.

    Mrs. French's father, Gene Bailey, and three of his friends, were bushwhacked eight miles from Williston as they drove home from Ocala after having dinner.

  • Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.

  • Laughter is the secret

    M assaged with cottonseed oil and swaddled tightly, the baby who weighed only a pound and a half at birth was kept near the pilot light of the aunt’s gas stove. Three times each day the doctor who delivered the wee baby girl left his Philadelphia practice to come and check on his smallest patient.

    On the 18th day after her birth, her mother died, leaving baby Cecelia with the aunt whose stove provided her warmth.