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Today's News

  • Council terminates city manager contract

    Three weeks of mystery surrounding the sudden suspension of Williston’s city manager came to a conclusion Tuesday when the city council voted to terminate the contract of Pat Miller.

    Miller, who was hired in July 2011, was put on administrative leave with pay May 24. That suspension was renewed May 31, at which time council members, on the advice of their attorney,  elected to not comment on why Miller was sent home. The  matter was constantly referred to as “the issue.”

  • Have a safe and happy Independence Day
  • Kennedy seeks District 1 County Commisson seat

    Bronson native Jason Kennedy is running for the Levy County Commission, District 1 seat. His letter of announcement reads,
    “My name is Jason Kennedy, Republican, and I am your experienced candidate for Levy County Commissioner, District 1.
    “It has been some time since someone raised and living in District 1 has had the honor of serving his or her constituency.

  • Williston celebrates Independence Day

    The city of Williston will celebrate Independence Day Tuesday, July 3 starting with the Made in America parade at 5 p.m.
    This year’s grand marshal is Mimi Hale, owner of the Ivy House.
    Following the parade, the gates at Horseman’s Park will open at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m.
    JROTC members will serve as parking attendants and ask for a $2 donation.
    There will be food, rides, vendors and musical entertainment from local performers, including Javier Hernandez. The main attraction again this year is Ocala’s Shane Wooten.

  • WMS teachers selected for Agriscience Leadership Program

    Two Williston Middle School teachers, agricultural teacher Natalie Couey and seventh grade science teacher Elizabeth Horner are among 12 Florida teachers who have been selected for the Florida Agriscience Education Leadership Program.  
    The Agriscience Education Leadership Program is a joint effort between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Education.

  • Qualifying ends

    Qualifying for the 2012 local, state, congressional and senate primaries closed this week and several local and state candidates won re-election handily while others must overcome party primary opponents and, for some, general election opponents.
    Those returning to office without any opposition are:

  • ‘Efficient, affordable and safe place to live, work and play’

    The message from Kerry Crawford was clear  to the Williston City Council, “You have to know where you’re at to figure out where you’re going.”
    Crawford, a member of  Leadership Ocala and the Florida Sterling Council, was Friday’s facilitator as the mayor and council members brainstormed the future of Williston.
     Council members were told that while they may think they know what residents and employees want, they need to find a way to track those needs and wants.

  • Two busted on drug charges at motel

    Two Williston men were arrested June 8 after the police department received information that drug activity was occuring at the Williston Motor Inn.
    Sgt. James Bond set up surveillance to monitor the motel, and after witnessing a transaction, he and PFC Kevin Sheppard confronted the suspects.
    During the field interrogation  of Kelvin Hill and Ricky Duncan II, the officers discovered  the suspects were in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    June 5, Patricia Bailey, 47, Bronson, fraud. Bond $10,000.
    June 7, Richard Edward Berryhill, 23, Inglis, battery. Bond $1,000.
    June 7, Jephthah Darin Burton, 21, Chiefland, burglary, grand theft.
    June 4, Jina Diane Covery, 43, Eagle Lake, VOP.
    June 7, Harold Monroe Dallas, 24, Williston, FTA. Bond $2,000.
    June 10, Jason Mathias Dickson, 37, Morriston, DWLS, attached registration license plate not assigned. Bond $3,500.

  • Voter suppression in Florida

    By Drollene Brown

    Guest Columnist