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Today's News

  • City contracts to sort out financial mess

    Wasting no time to get a handle on the city’s financial situation, Interim City Manager Oel Wingo asked the council Tuesday to allow her to enter into a contract for services with an accounting firm who can straighten out the city’s books in prepararation for the state-mandated audit.
    Severn Trent Management Services, with offices across the state, including Coral Springs, Orlando and St. Augustine, was the lowest of four proposals submitted to the city for financial services.

  • City Manager List Narrowed to Three

    And then there were three.
    Williston City Council agreed this afternoon to pare its list for city manager even more, and decided on three potential permanent replacements for Marcus Collins, who resigned in March.
    Oel Wingo, Patrick Miller and John McCue made the final cut Thursday after interviews with the council and mayor.
    The three came from an original list of 34 that was trimmed to seven.
    All seven were interviewed last Thursday and today.

  • Williston finance director resigns

    Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.

  • Long-time coach retires

    Another Williston sports legend has been coaxed off the field and into the ranks of retirement.
    Robert Patterson, who spent 32 of his 35-year career at Williston High School, was honored with a party June 9, hosted by Sandra Wise.
    Simply known to all Williston High School students, athletes, and friends as “Coach P”, Patterson began his teaching and coaching career at Marianna High School where he spent his first three years before moving to Williston High School.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports-June 16

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    June 7, Randy Edward Baggett, 52, Cedar Key, VOP, RWV.
    June 9, Danny Dewayne Boettner, 34, Old Town, conceal information to obtain prescription. Bond $15,000.
    June 10, James Edward Foster, 27, Chiefland, petit theft, criminal mischief, burglary of vehicle. Bond $9,000.
    June 10, Jonathan Dwight Kirkland, 20, Chiefland, false information to law enforcement and petit larceny. Bond $2,500.
    June 7, Dorothy Mae Raynor, 36, Williston, child abuse/neglect. Bond $20,000.

  • Teen loses bid to be on home detention

     Chris Sutherlin Jr., charged with 2nd degree felony manslaughter in the death of Rocky Sparks of Crystal River, lost his bid to be put on home detention Friday in a courtroom packed with Sparks’ family and friends.
    Levy County Judge James T. Browning denied the request made by the 15-year-old New Port Richey boy’s attorney, Allan H. Kaye of Gainesville.  

  • Williston revving up for Independence Day

    The city of Williston will celebrate Independence Day in hometown style Saturday, July 2.
    The annual parade will begin at 5 p.m.  The parade theme is “Proud to be an American”.  This year Dr. Kenneth Wise will lead the parade as its Grand Parade Marshal.

  • Finance director resigns

    Less than a week after the city of Williston’s auditors reported  they could not complete the 2010 audit because the books had not been closed for that fiscal year, the finance director resigned.
    Marisela Barcenas, hired by former city manager Marcus Collins, tendered her resignation Monday–her last day at city hall.
    However, Barcenas remains on the city payroll through June 24 to compensate her for  accrued  vacation and sick time.

  • Never a ‘daddy’s girl’ but forever his daughter

    He was always Daddy. While many children outgrow the baby name for their fathers, I never did. He was never Father, Da, Pops, Dad or Papa. He was always Daddy and this year marks the 18th Father’s Day that I haven’t bought a card, made his favorite German chocolate cake or called him to say I love you.
    That hurts. Although time has made his death more bearable, there is still an ache that cannot be assuaged, a longing that rips at my heart almost every day and a void that will never be filled.

  • Williston could have power outages

    The city of Williston is looking into why there have been several power outages in the last few months.

    Gary Bitter, an engineer with Progress Energy, has been contacted and he and CJ Zimoski believe in order to isolate and locate the problem, the  settings on the recloser will have to be changed. This will not leave the system unprotected; however, it will allow the fuses to blow.

    If there is a problem on the city’s system it may cause outages.  These outages should be limited to a few blocks at a time rather than the whole town flashing.