Today's News

  • Moving basketball venue was a political maneuver

    Williston Basketball fans should know that Michele Faulk, the athletic director at Santa Fe High School contacted the FHSAA Board to have the Williston vs. Santa Fe Regional Semi-final State Playoff game moved to a larger gym,

    The FHSAA stood by the rule that found the Williston Gym did not meet the size capacity to host a 3A playoff game.

    Even though Williston, the winner of the regional quarterfinal game is supposed to host the game, like other winners are doing, Santa Fe officials protested so the game is moved.

  • FHSAA moves Tuesday's playoff game

    Santa Fe High School athletic director Michele Faulk has petitioned the FHSAA Board to move the Williston-Santa Fe Regional Semi-final State Playoff game to a larger gym.

    Her pleas were heard and Saturday, FHSAA ruled the Williston gym did not meet the size capacity to host a 3A playoff game and moved the Feb. 22 game to Bronson High School.

    Traditionally, the winner of the regional quarterfinal game hosts the game, but Santa Fe protested under a new rule enacted this season. The rule was adopted for crowd control purposes.

  • Webb named Alumnus of the Year at Gala

    Williston businessman Charles “Chip” Webb Jr. was named the 2011 Levy County Schools Foundation Alumni of the Year Award recipient at the group’s Saturday gala held at Williston Middle School.
    The 11th annual STARS Gala, the scholarship fund-raising group for Levy County students, drew about 200 guests. The gala featured food served by the Williston Honor Society members, the presentation of colors by the Williston High Jr. ROTC, and entertainment by students from Williston, Bronson and Chiefland.

  • We can't hear you

    If the Williston City Council really wants to have its residents attend, and participate, in its meetings and workshops, it needs to take immediate steps to ensure that people are both comfortable and heard.
    The city council chambers can pack about 70 people in shoulder-to-shoulder–pretty much like economy seats on an airplane. That in itself is uncomfortable, and possibly unhealthy, as germs have nowhere to go in the stagnant air except onto a neighbor.

  • Red Devils are district champs, again

    After sending the Ft. White Indians to the sidelines Feb. 11 with an easy 87-53 win, the Red Devils were awaiting their third match up of the year against the Santa Fe Raiders.
    This time however it will be for the district championship and home court advantage for next week’s regional quarterfinals. The four-time defending district champion Red Devils were ready.
    In the first regular season game hosted by Santa Fe , the Raiders came away with a last second basket for a 51-49 win.

  • Silence is not golden

    When Williston City Council President Marc Nussel announced last week the elimination of public comment at council meetings, we were, at first, alarmed. After all, this country is based on basic freedoms–like speech, assembly, religion and the press.
    But then Nussel clarified, stating that residents can still speak on issues on the agenda, and if the need occurs, they can be placed on an upcoming agenda to have their concerns addressed.

  • Council candidates face the music at forum

    Of all the concerns facing Williston, none seemed more important at last week’s candidate forum than the people’s utility bills.
    Steve Holcomb, the incumbent, and his challenger Norm Fugate, along with Debra Jones and her challenger Jerry Robinson, faced about 50 people in the forum, moderated by Avis Seabrook.
    After brief personal introductions, each told why they are running.
    Holcomb cited many things he feels are positives for the city, including paving roads, putting money back into reserve and the proposed solar power system.

  • New Orleans is a magical place

    The question was simple: how spontaneous are you? The answer was easy: very.
    And with that brief interchange, I began yet another exciting adventure late last month.
    My birthday falls near the end of January, and since I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), Tom usually whisks me away to a sunnier-than-Levy County locale so I can soak up the sun.

  • Change may be in the air

    A city-sponsored workshop to iron out kinks in the utility policies began Tuesday night with an elementary science lesson  on how electricity gets from the power plant to residents’ homes.
    Director of Finance Marisela Barcenas gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation on the structure that brings electricity from Progress Energy to the city,

  • Red Devils take down Colts in OT

      In a re-match from the Kingdom of the Sun Tournament game won by the North Marion Colts, Thursday night Feb. 3, was a different game with a different outcome.
    “I feel like our team gained some mental toughness tonight,” said Williston Head Coach Steve Faulkner following his teams 81-75 win in overtime over the 4A North Marion Colts.
    “Those two missed free throws at the end of regulation time were really big” Faulkner said.