Today's News

  • Debra Jones, Kori Lamb apply for council vacancy

    When the Williston City Council meets for its first session in December, a new face will dot the landscape of city decision makers.

    Matt Brooks, who won his bid for a seat on the county commission Aug. 30, will leave his council post Nov. 21, pursuant to the city's Resign to Run law.

    Because less than six months will remain on his term, his fellow councilors will appoint a successor to serve until the March 2016 election.

  • Chapter 48 gets a revisit

    After hearing from dozens of Williston residents Sept. 19, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) knew it had to take yet another look at Chapter 48 of the municipal code that governs property maintenance.

    Monday night, its members spent two hours eliminating the chaff and trying to be less "nit-picky" about what code enforcement will investigate.

  • City finances good; chickens OK'd

    As Fiscal Year 2016 draws to a close, Williston Finance Director Stephen Bloom told Williston City Council last week that everything is looking good with only September numbers still out.

    Bloom presented a financial report for June through August and said there is more revenue than expenses – always a good thing. Bloom also said that property tax collections stand at 98 percent, and the only department over budget is the fire department.

  • You can dig this: Museum needs volunteers for excavation project

     By Elizabeth Brown

     Florida Museum of Natural History paleontologists are recruiting volunteers to help excavate a recently discovered site in eastern Levy County that has produced thousands of fossils, including more than 55 vertebrate species.

    Researchers are enthusiastic about the 5- to 5.5 million-year-old fossils being recovered and say it is the first site of this particular age found in North Central Florida.

  • Get ready to Relay

    Williston's annual all-day party got off to a magical kickstart Monday when organizers of Relay for Life gathered at the Heritage Park Pavilion.

    The fundraiser, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, culminates each year with the Relay for Life, scheduled this coming year for April 1 – and that's no joke.

    Missy Maguire, this year's local chairwoman, said the Relay will be from 4 p.m. until midnight at a new venue – Williston Elementary School.

  • Residents balk at noisy peanut dryers

    The noise coming from Williston Peanut's dryers is keeping residents in the area from having the quality of life they deserve, Wayne Williams told Williston City Council Tuesday night.

    Williams, speaking on behalf of more than a dozen residents in attendance, said from August through November the noise is unbearable and prevents residents in the area from entertaining, watching TV or sleeping in comfort.

  • Change proposed for CR339, US 27A intersection

    The busy, but tricky intersection of County Road 339 and U.S.Highway 27A – that has seen at least three truck rollover accidents – would be closed and traffic diverted to nearby CR 339A under an idea floated by the Florida Department of Transportation. 

  • Don't be a statistic

     This year more than 246,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women. That’s 2,000 more cases than in 2013.

    Additionally, 61,000 new cases of carcinoma in situ, a noninvasive cancer that is the earliest form of breast cancer, will be diagnosed.

    More than 40,450 women will die this year from breast cancer, another increase since 2013.

    One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • Do your part to stop the thief that robs us all

    Breast cancer is a horribly wicked thing. 

    It is a thief. In addition to the horrendous side effects that often accompany treatment, it also strips you of your dignity, your humanity. It robs you of your joy, your livelihood, your relationships. It takes away the ability to connect; it pillages your finances and it destroys who you once were.

    If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who has gone through it. Or anyone who has loved someone who battled it.

  • Real men wear pink

    Members of Williston Fire Rescue Station 72 have picked up the challenge for Pink Heals Cares Enough to Wear Pink during the month of October.

    This year, members are selling t-shirts at the fire department and all money raised from the sales will go to River O’Rourke, the daughter of Robert and Hattie O’Rourke, who live in the Williston area.