Today's News

  • Sandra Hodge runs for Levy School Board, District 2

    Sandra Hodge is running for Levy County School Board, District 2.
    In her announcement, she wrote, “Hello, my name is Sandra Worthington Hodge and I am excited to announce that I am campaigning for the seat of the Levy County School Board, District 2.  

  • Batchelor is Pioneer of Year nominee

    Theresa Batchelor was named March’s nominee in the Williston Pioneer’s 10-month search for Pioneer of the Year.
    Batchelor, operates Beauty’s Haven, a horse rescue   farm. She was selected by an independent panel of judges to become  this month’s nominee.
    The nomination letter, which will be printed in its entirety in December, stresses her selflessness in rehabilitating horses and placing them in good homes.

  • Inmates returning to city

    Free labor is returning to Williston and the city council couldn’t be more pleased.
    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council voted to enter into a contract with the State of Florida Department of Corrections that will send six inmates to the city to work.
    This is not a new venture for the city, but when the Forestry Work Camp closed due to budget constraints, inmates were assigned to other facilities and the city lost–in the words of City Manager Pat Miller– “a valuable workforce.”

  • New Kids on the Block

    Their backgrounds share no similarities but their futures are pointed toward the same goal–service to Williston in leadership roles.
    Jason Cason and Charles Goodman were elected earlier this month to the Williston City Council–Cason was unopposed and Goodman won in a landslide victory over the incumbent. The two will take their seats at 7 p.m. April 10 in formal swearing in ceremonies at city hall.
    Jason Cason

  • Levy County Sheriff

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    March 6, Jerry Donovan Arnold, 34, Inglis, two out of county warrants.
    March 6, Lloy Frances Balboni, 42, Old Town, possession of drug equipment, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, abuse without great harm to child, possession of controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $60,000.
    March 9, Tiffany E. Berry, 40, Bronson, battery.
    March 6, Clayton Thomas Cannon, 33, Dunnellon, out of county warrant.

  • Heaven Sent

    By Susan Howell

  • Don’t mess with tradition

    If we only learned one thing this week it is that Williston residents are passionate about their school, their teams and their mascot.
    When we posted a seemingly innocuous question on Facebook whether it was time the Red Devil mascot be changed, as suggested last week in a letter to the editor, we had no idea the maelstrom it would elicit.
    Now a week later, people are still sounding off and the sentiment is clear–don’t mess with tradition.

  • Man may not live by bread alone but you sure miss it when it’s not there

    Most people would think that I am the size I am because of my incredible sweet tooth. Everyone who knows me understands that I cannot say no to a Reese’s Cup, a Key Lime Pie or Paula Deen’s Pound Cake.
    But the truth is, while I love my sweets, I love bread just as much.
    There’s nothing more savory than hot bread slathered in a pound of butter. And because I don’t discriminate, cold bread with butter, or peanut butter, is pretty darn good too.
    Aside from cheese biscuits, light and fluffy yeast rolls are by far my favorite bread type.

  • Avery Baker runs for Levy School Board, District 2

    Avery Baker announced his candidacy for Levy County School Board, District 2.
    He writes, “My name is Avery Baker and I am campaigning for the School Board of Levy County, District 2 seat.  I have lived in Levy County for over 25 years and I feel I have the appropriate qualities and experience to be an effective school board member and to govern with the best interest of the students and employees of the Levy County schools in mind.

  • Rotary Youth Camp: 14 days of fun for those with disabilities

    This year will mark 18 summers that youth with disabilities will have a chance to be like other children when Rotary Youth Camp kicks into gear.
    Supported by the Rotary Clubs in District 6940, including the Williston club, the camp will be the home-away-from-home for at least 80 campers from Florida and Georgia.
    Leslie Smith, the camp’s executive director, updated Williston Rotarians Tuesday on the efforts–and struggles–of the camp to provide outdoor opportunities for children whose disabilities range from moderate to severe.