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Today's News

  • Williston Middle High dedicated Aug. 27

    By Sean Arnold

    The construction of Williston Middle High School got off to an inauspicious start, which included an early switch in building contractors and the discovery of an unexpected grave site upon the clearing of the property.

  • City hall top priority for council

     By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    After months of discussions and two extended workshops where residents were encouraged to add their ideas, the report for the future of Williston was unveiled last week to the city council.

    Professional facilitator Marilyn Crotty summarized what both council and residents brainstormed and put it into a report listing goals and objectives.

    Topping that list is the goal to develop a new city hall.

  • Judge Browning tells the beginning and end of his fitness plan

    By Ashley Andresen

    Contributing Writer

    Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning was the guest speaker at the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on June 23 and while he spoke on the serious topic of the death penalty in Florida being in a state of flux, he also chose to share a personal experience – a “let me tell you what happened to me story.”

  • Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy dies at 42

    The search for Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who went diving alone on Friday afternoon, ended sadly with the recovery of his body on Sunday morning. Throughout the weekend the community prayed for a better ending for the husband and father of two young boys. 

    On Monday, the family announced plans for the funeral on Saturday, August 27, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Chiefland. There will be a visitation from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

  • 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.

  • Council stymied over future of city hall

    For more than a year, Williston City Council has bandied about the idea of the city possibly someday acquiring the cafeteria property at the original Williston High School for conversion into a new city hall building.

    During that year there were talks about reduced prices, trading out services and lopping the cafeteria off from the rest of the school property.

    The future is now.

  • 30 Years of Service

    Frankie Jackson, a 30-year-employee of the city of Williston, was honored Tuesday night for his service to the community over those years by Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat.

  • Mural project nears end

    Two years ago, the Williston Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) had an idea to decorate the Heritage Park gazebo with art depicting Williston life. Monday night that idea came one step closer to reality with the acceptance of hand-painted pictures that will be enlarged and hung.

    Artist Judy Kemp presented the CRA with her finished work and said her job is now complete.

    Next the CRA will contract with someone to photograph and turn the canvases into panels for the gazebo.

  • 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.

  • Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.