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Today's News

  • Economic development is up to you

    Though it's the city of Williston planning a five-year comprehensive plan that will include a segment on economic development, it's really everyone's responsibility to plot the course of Williston's business growth.

    That theme was introduced last Thursday when city leaders, business owners and the experts in economics from Tallahassee kicked off the city's planning strategy at Williston Municipal Airport.

  • Saved by a rock

    There were days and nights when Linda Buonomo wasn't sure she was going to pull through.

    Her husband had died from a fierce battle with bladder cancer. Her family was in South Florida. She lost the home that she and her husband lived in.

    It was dire times.

    "I was ready to give up on everything," Linda said, from her Bronson apartment last week. "A little rock literally saved my life."

  • Comp plan is what residents want

    Another round of resident participation meetings to help set the course of Williston's future drew nine people Monday night.

    "I'll take quality over quantity any day," said Allison Megrath of Megrath Consulting, who has been contracted by the city to oversee the city's comprehensive plan.

    The plan is a tool to help guide city leaders to make decisions about growth, infrastructure improvements, land use changes and other facets dealing directly with Williston.

  • Veterans' Memorial comes up short

    Blame it on inflation.

    A half dozen years ago, when Williston's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) first began dreaming of a monument to honor our country's veterans, a landscape architect estimated $20,000 would be adequate.

    It's not. In fact, it's a drop in the bucket as CRA members learned Monday night during their regular monthly meeting.

    Dr. Ken Schwiebert, CRA chairman, told his committee that the price for a granite monument ranges from $38,000 to $43,000, depending on what design and type granite the CRA chooses.

  • Our view

    The absence of Williston's city manager at last week's council meeting left elected officials twiddling their thumbs as they were faced with the inability to act on time sensitive issues.

    Council members expressed their embarrassment to the audience and those people who had come specifically to get answers to questions.

    Unfortunately, it seemed only the city manager held the key to those answers and he was not there.

    We learned Friday that Scott Lippmann, the manager, had been battling the flu all week and was justified in his absence.

  • No apologies; I'm a sloth

    There was a time that as soon as the door closed behind me at home on Friday night, I'd call out, "Let's go out to eat."

    That's all changed.

    Now I'm pretty much a hermit once I leave the office.

    While the coffee is brewing, I am changing into PJs and settling in for a weekend of nothing-ness.

    There have been many, many weekends of late that once I sequester myself into Ten Broeck Manor, I don't step outside again until Monday morning.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Jan. 2, Faith Lynn Alvarez, 48, Fanning Springs, three counts FTA. Bond $25,000.

    • Jan. 6, Johnnie Russell Arnett, 34, Inglis, and/or use. Bond $5,000.

    • Jan. 2, Jennifer Ann Benchic, 36, Williston, assault on an officer, firefighter, EMT, etc, obstruction W/OV. Bond $35,000.

    • Jan. 4, Robert Paul Cislak, 33, Trenton, VOP.

    • Jan. 2, Rayburn Matthew Corbin, 32, Gainesville, DWLS, and/or use.

  • Happenings

    January

    WWII Vets

    World War II veterans will meet at 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at Cherry's Restaurant in Trenton.

    Contact Virginia Lewis at 352-528-2310 for more information.

    HandiCapable Meeting

    HandiCapable Sportspeople will meet noon, Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Black Prong Trail Head, located on CR 337 south of Bronson.

    A free pulled pork sandwich will be included, and at 2 p.m. ideas about the group will be discussed.

    The organization is looking for members of all classes, abilities, disabilities and ages.

  • Stop this cycle, I want to get off

    More than a dozen years ago, I performed in the community theatre's production of "Dearly Departed", a campy tale of a Southern dysfunctional family attending the wake and funeral of patriarch Bud Turpin.

    There are many classic lines from the show, but the one that has kept playing in my head for the last month is delinquent Royce saying to his financially ruined uncle, "You know, Junior, life's a circle."

  • What I learned caring for my father

    By Jessica Gilbert

    Guest Columnist

    I recently took my father into my home and cared for him while he was on hospice care. I was honored to do so.