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Today's News

  • Williston's Eddie Hodge honored by Florida Forestry

    TALLAHASSEE-The Florida Forestry Association recognized Eddie Hodge of Williston Timber Co. as Florida's Logger of the Year at its 2014 Annual Meeting.

    Hodge launched Williston Timber Co., Inc., in 1977 with his brother Johnny Hodge. The family also opened Derby Gold, a pine shavings and pellet mill, in 2000.

    "lt is my hope that as an overall industry we will recognize the value of the logger and work together to make this industry sustainable. lt is an honorable life," Hodge said.

  • Williston approves millage, budget

    Without as much as a single nod of affirmation or an harrumph of disdain, the Williston City Council approved the millage rate at 5.8527 mills and a budget of $14.7 million for FY 2014-2015 during Tuesday night's public hearing.

    In less than nine minutes, the city's finances for next year were taken care of without one resident present to question or applaud what becomes of their tax money.

    In the first hearing two weeks ago, the council members agreed that this budget is the best efforts they can do for their town.

  • Nation mourns with Bell over murder/suicide that claimed eight

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    and Mark Scohier

    Sarah Lorraine Spirit and her six children were laid to rest in a private funeral service on Monday, but what may not rest are the questions of what motivated her father, Don C. Spirit, to shoot them on Thursday, then calmly call the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office to tell them what he had done and how he planned to kill himself as well.

  • Take a step back in time

    The public is invited to take an excursion back in time to the Golden Age of Transportation at an exhibit of “RAILROADS & RIVERBOATS” at the Cedar Key Community Center, “F” and Sixth Streets, Cedar Key.

    Sponsored by the Levy County Historical Society, the exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26; Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28.

  • Ride to Provide raises $100,000 for LARC; next ride is Oct. 25

    It started out as a visit by deputies to the LARC Center in Otter Creek.

    "We were asked to come out to talk to the clients," Sheriff's Lt. Sean Mullins told the Chiefland Rotary Club on Sept. 17. "I didn't know what to expect."

    He said the officers walked through the door and the adults started clapping.

    One thing he learned that day has stuck with Mullins: "They appreciate everything."

    Then came the idea of how cool it would be to ride bikes out to the center to show the clients.

  • Robbery suspects sought

    On Saturday, Sept. 20 Williston Police responded to the La Esperanza store located at 114 N.E. 6 Ave. in Williston in reference to an armed robbery.

    As the proprietor was preparing to close for the day, three armed males wearing masks entered the store and demanded money. The proprietor complied and the culprits fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

    The men fled the area in what is described as a full size sports utility vehicle. The SUV was white with both front fenders painted black primer.

  • Bronson breaks ground on sewer system

    Bronson will begin construction on its $2.9 million sewer expansion project within the next few weeks.

    "It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here," Bronson Mayor Franklyn Schuler said at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning in front of Town Hall.

    The sewer system, primarily aimed at increasing business development along the town's main corridor, has been in the works for years.

  • Library extends hours

    Beginning Oct. 1, the Williston Public Library will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m. and more hours in total, in order to better serve patrons.

    The fall schedule is:

    10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

    Noon — 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

    Closed on Sundays

    The new hours are made possible by additional funding from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners. Any questions or comments should be directed to Lonna Bear, manager of the Williston Public Library, at 352-528-2313.

  • It's Peanut Festival time

    The 26th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 4 in Williston's Heritage Park.

    The festival features a variety of foods and assorted types of peanuts and peanut products, including our famous (while they last) grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Rides, music, crafts, and antique tractors, car clubs and motorcycles will also be here for your enjoyment. The festival also has a Little Peanut King & Queen and a Baby Peanut Contest.

  • WHS gears up for homecoming

    Williston High School Student Government Association is gearing up for this year's homecoming game, set for Oct. 10.

    The theme for this year’s homecoming is “Let Us Entertain You.”

    The students of WHS will have the following dress up days,

    Monday Favorite App

    Tuesday Favorite TV Show

    Wednesday Favorite Artist

    Thursday Favorite Board Game

    Friday Fired Up Friday

    The homecoming dance will follow a “Pandora Party” theme