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Today's News

  • City workers may consider union

    Some Williston workers are being urged to unionize.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, describes itself as ?the nation?s largest and fastest growing public service employees union.?

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday, December 1

    *Friends of the Williston Library, Book Fair, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Center in the City Hall Complex.

    Monday, December 3

    *AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    *Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    *Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    *VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    Tuesday, December 4

  • Upcoming events

    Music sought for ?Light Up?

    The GFWC Williston Junior Woman?s Club is looking for children?s and youth choirs or musical groups to participate in the Light Up Williston festivities. Groups should be prepared to perform 10-15 minutes of holiday-themed music at the pavilion in Linear Park during Light Up Williston on Dec. 7.

    Please call Monique at 528-7676 for more information.

  • From the Kitchen

    We are officially into the holiday party season now that Thanksgiving has come and gone. Groups, families and employers everywhere are planning their annual gatherings and celebrations.

    Every such event will have one central theme - food. As far back as time goes, a feast has always been the way to fellowship and celebrate with those around us.

  • Wild Observations

    I?ve been scratching my head enough years trying to figure out what sort of oak trees grow around here, what trees I?m passing on my walks.

    So, to the books. I checked out from the library a tree book that includes keys to pinpoint exactly what tree is in front of me. And it?s full of Latin names!

    If you haven?t wrangled with one of these devices, the key is essentially a list of features that you compare with the tree you are trying to identify.

    It works as a process of elimination.

  • Golden Apples

    Good citizenship and acceptance of responsibilities are characteristics worthy of cultivation. Williston Elementary School salutes those students who have been recognized by their teachers, counselors, administrators and other school personnel for these exemplary qualities.

    Golden Apples for September and October are:

    Leann Taft, Mallory Jones, Connor McCoy, Austin Jones, Wyatt Carswell, Greg Days, Simon Rodriguez, Donnie Johnson, Sabrina Cox, Emma Gifford, Katelynn Bastanzi, Cornelius Pitts and Randi Baldwin.

  • City officials get small raises

    The Williston City Council voted at its meeting last week to award both the city manager and the city clerk 2 percent merit increases. Each has already been awarded the standard 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) afforded to every city employee.

    Council president Debra Jones presented her synthesis of the performance evaluations of each of the charter officers. Based on the overall scores, the recommendations were that City Clerk Barbara Henson receive a 4-percent merit increase, and that City Manager Jim Coleman be granted a 3.5-percent merit increase.

  • Sports calendar

    MONDAY, NOV. 26

    High School Basketball

    Williston girls at Gainesville St. Francis, 7 p.m.

    High School Soccer

    Williston girls at Hawthorne, 6 p.m.

    TUESDAY, NOV. 27

    High School Basketball

    P.K. Yonge at Williston girls, 7 p.m.

    THURSDAY, NOV. 29

    High School Basketball

    Chiefland at Williston girls, 7 p.m.

    High School Soccer

    Newberry at Williston girls, 6 p.m.

    FRIDAY, NOV. 30

    High School Basketball

    Williston boys at Newberry, 7:30 p.m. (JV at 6)

    TUESDAY, DEC. 4

    High School Basketball

  • Lady Devils beat two private schools

    The Williston Lady Red Devils basketball team came up with two wins against private schools in the past week, both on the road.

    Williston defeated Trinity Catholic in a 58-56 thriller a week ago Tuesday, then went to Gainesville to knock off St. Francis, 50-40, on Monday of this week.

    The Devils play host to Chiefland Thursday, then travel to Newberry next Tuesday.

    WILLISTON 58, TRINITY CATHOLIC 56: In Ocala, Williston jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead, hitting six three-pointers in the first 16 minutes. Kaetta Jackson and Margaret Brown had two each.

  • Game ranks as one of the best

    Over the years, I?ve seen hundreds of high school football games, some as a spectator, many as an official and many more as a writer.

    Last Friday?s game between Williston and Crystal River has to rank right up there with the best of them, with the only down side that Williston suffered the loss.

    It was a chilly night. Anyone who says it?s warmer over by the coast wasn?t on that field that evening.

    If you like defense, this wasn?t the place to be. Shay Newcomer threw for more than 550 yards and ran for 52 for Crystal River. He was pretty much their whole offense.