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Today's News

  • New name for an old dream

    It may appear to have been quiet on the topic of the old Williston Middle School, but in the year since the Ministerial Faith Alliance (MFA) announced its plan to buy the 17-acre property, a lot has been going on behind the scenes.

    It was June 13, 2016 when MFA held a gathering of community leaders to brainstorm what could be done to, what was then called, the Williston Civic Center.

    Today it has a new name – The Legacy Center – and according to MFA President Johnnie Jones, the new name supports what the MFA will do once it owns the property.

  • Historic districts can add to city's flavor

    A dozen people interested in bettering the city of Williston listened to an expert on historic districts explain why they add value to a community.

    Bill Warinner, an architect and Realtor, told how his input has helped Gainesville organize its historic buildings and preserve the city's rich history.

    Auguste Zettler, Matt Marino and Josie Lodder were all on the same page –preserving the Williston that is Williston.

  • BACE opens can of worms over permit

    What should have been a simple matter of non-compliance or compliance took an unexpected turn Monday night when the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) learned the property owners are long deceased.

    The property, located at 1143 NE 3rd Ave., was cited for having a storage shed onsite without first obtaining a permit and because two vehicles had been on jacks for an extended period.

    The property is listed under Margaret Brown and Albert Rivers, but Brown and Rivers have been dead for about 30 years.

  • Problem in Williston?

    It's rare that Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann airs his frustrations in a public meeting. Tuesday night was an exception.

    Lippmann, who was hired in 2012, said it is troubling when city residents go to a council member expecting a resolution to a problem.

    Instead, he suggested, council members should ask residents, "Have you contacted city hall?"

    Lippmann said the chain of command needs to be followed if any resident is having issues.

  • Veterans' Memorial gets a much needed push

    Two large contributions and a lot of hard work by a few dedicated volunteers have pushed the fund for a Veterans' Memorial past the original goal.

    Three years ago, when the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first conceived the notion of a memorial, donations were slow to come in and the bricks that honored veterans were only purchased sporadically.

    In March, David Wilson, himself a veteran, told the CRA he was "saddened and embarrassed" by the lack of a memorial.

  • Williston veteran 'saddened, embarrassed' by lack of memorial

    David Wilson's roots in Williston go back generations. His grandparents once owned a boarding house where Hardee's now stands.

    He grew up here, graduated from high school here and years after returning from Vietnam a decorated veteran, he came back here to live. Two of his children live here.

    He loves this town – this community.

  • Under The Oak Trees

    No one knows exactly when it began or even how it began, but Big Papa speculates it was around 1995 or 1996.

    And so for the last 20 years or so, almost every morning between 10-11, every week, every month, they come to sit under the shade of the oak trees where they solve Williston's problems and talk about what's going on around town. But mostly they just play dominoes – game after game of the ancient Chinese game that dates back to at least the 14th century.

  • 'Don't pass up an opportunity'

    Social media was set ablaze last week after news that Williston City Council appointed 29-year-old Jakorian "Kori" Lamb to its vacant seat.

    Less than 24 hours after the news was posted on the Williston Pioneer's Facebook page, it had reached 5,900 views.

  • 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.

  • 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.