Today's News

  • Cal Byrd is new councilor

    When qualifying for the city council seat left vacant by Jerry Robinson’s July resignation ended Friday,  only one person had thrown his hat into the ring.
    Cal Byrd, longtime Williston resident, qualified for the post without opposition.
    Because no one else expressed interest in the post, next week’s special election was cancelled.
    Byrd will be sworn in at the Sept. 25 meeting, which is also the last budget and millage hearing for the city before councilors adopt rates for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

  • Dennis Strow is POY nominee

    In the eighth month of a yearlong quest to find Williston’s Pioneer of the Year, Dennis Strow has been selected as the September  nominee.
    In the nomination letter, Strow was cited for being a pathfinder, an initiator and a trailblazer.
    In his job as the chief of police in Williston, Strow was lauded for implementing cost-saving ideas, keeping the community safe and being an integral part of the community.
    The selection process continues through December and a winner will be selected in January.

  • Williston will host Veterans Day parade

    The city of Williston will host the 2012 Veterans Day Parade and ceremony Monday, Nov. 12.
    The parade will kick off around 11 a.m. and wind its way down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.
    All veterans and their families will be treated with free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.

  • Martins welcome new son

    Stephan and Connie Martin announce the birth of their son, Raylan Joel, born Aug. 25, 2012 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
    The baby weighed 8 pounds, 1.2 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.
    The grandparents are Joel and June Martin of Williston and Andy and Cyndi Orlowski of Debary.

  • Miss Blomquist, Mr. Parker plan March wedding

    Tony and  Tonya Parker of Bronson announce the egagement of their son, Wesley Parker to Tegan Blomquist.
    The bride-elect is a native of Gainesville who plans to finish her accounting degree from Santa Fe college.
    The future groom  is a graduate of Bronson High School and is currently employed as a maintenance technician in Gainesville where the couple met.
     The couple will exchange vows March 2, 2013 at First Baptist of Bronson.

  • Santa Fe stuns Lady Red Devils

       The Santa Fe Lady Raiders volleyball team came to Williston’s gym on Thursday night Sept.13, and stunned the Lady Red Devils in three straight games.

    The Lady Raiders controlled the court in game one as they dropped many shots where the Lady Red Devils were unable to return the ball, 25-13. The Lady Raiders continued their domination in game two as they downed the Lady Red  Devils 25-6. 

  • The critic I always wanted to be

    When best friend Denise and I hit the road, misadventure is sure to follow.
    Now that 500 miles separate us, those road trips are rarer but they’re still something to bank on.
    These days, the misadventures tend to be more with my husband and though I am loathe to admit it, it seems the common denominator is none other than me.
    Our recent weeklong trip–about 1,800 miles–through Georgia, South Carolina,  North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and at last, Kentucky was again fraught with misadventure, albeit minor ones.

  • Gator Armory opens on Main Street

    A lifelong passion that was once a hobby is now a vocation for Michael Meister.
    Gatory Armory, located at 31 N. Main St. in Williston is now open and Meister is eager to serve the community’s needs when it comes to firearms and related accessories.
    Originally from the Chicago area, but reared in South Florida,  Meister spent two years searching for the perfect place to live–Morriston.

  • Jamie Griffin seeks BOCC District 1 seat

    Longtime Levy County businessman Jamie Griffin has announced plans to run for the District 1 Levy County Commission seat.
    Griffin, 51, who was born and raised in Bronson, has invested heavily in Levy County because he believes in the county and respects its people, its traditions, its God-centered way of life and its economy that is rooted in agriculture, timber production and aquaculture.

  • It's not your mother's meatloaf

    Something happened last Friday that has never happened in all the years Tom and I have been a couple.
    As he was readying for work, I asked him what he wanted for dinner that night.
    Usually he asks me what his options are, but this time without pause he answered.
    “Meatloaf….or sloppy joes.”
    After I got over the initial shock, I filed the info away, went to work and forgot about it.
    But as the time approached for me to leave that afternoon, the thought of cooking dinner came back.
    Now, I am not a meatloaf fan.