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Today's News

  • upcoming events listing

    Monday, February 2

    * Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    * Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    * AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    * Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday, February 3

    * Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    * Rotary Club of Williston, First Presbyterian Church, Noon.

    * Police Explorers, 6:30 p.m., Fire Department.

    * Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.

  • People object to red light photos

    We got some violent phone calls in the past couple of days from people who were objecting to the red light cameras. Work was evidently going on at the intersections, and signs were posted at the entrance to the city.

    There are some legitimate concerns about the cameras, which are used by many communities. Can the camera show who is driving a car? It might be registered to someone who never drives it. Will a citation be sent to someone who doesn’t even drive that car? How will that work?

  • City discusses alcohol sales

    The Tuesday evening meeting of the Williston City Council began quietly and predictably enough.

    The mayor awarded certificates of achievement and King Munchie’s pizza coupons to the students of the month for February: Riley Battle from Joyce Bullock Elementary School; Ryan Battle of Williston Elementary (yes, they’re siblings); Laquisha Hill of Williston Middle School; and Kenya Gardner of Williston High School.

  • City's seniors can get extra exemption

    Senior citizens in Williston may be entitled to an additional Homestead Exemption to be applied to millage rates levied by the city.

    Ordinance 496 allows for such additional exemptions for people 65 and over who have an existing homestead exemption. The total income for all members of the household must not exceed $26,500 for 2008. That number has been adjusted for the cost of living in each of the years in which the exemption has been in force.

    The Levy County Property Appraiser’s Office has a simple one-page application to be filled out.

  • New football coach arrives in Williston

    Williston High School’s new football coach started work at the school this week.

    Derek Chipoletti, 32, comes to the school for his first head coaching job, but he has been an offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in schools in the Jacksonville area since 1997.

    The former University of Central Florida linebacker was All State in high school at Orange Park, and coached at his alma mater, Forrest, Sandalwood and, for the past six years, at Fleming Island High School.

  • Travis Evans signs

    Williston High School running back Travis Evans signed a full scholarship with a brand new college football program Wednesday. He will attend Georgia State University in Atlanta. From the left are Glenn Gates, his uncle; family friend Connor McCoy; Evans; his mother, Catheese Harvey and his aunt, Rebecca Tish Williams. Evans averaged 166 yards per game rushing and scored 17 touchdowns last season. The ceremony was held in the gym at the high school with football players and many other students in attendance.

     

  • Local students honored

    Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the February Student of the Month awards at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

  • Uniforms for the young students

    When I was a kid, I went to a Catholic school for 12 years. In elementary school, I wore blue pants, a white shirt and a blue tie. There were no exceptions.

    Things changed in high school. I still had to wear a shirt and tie (of any color), but now I had to wear either a suit jacket or a school sweater (this was in New Jersey).

    In all 12 years, I wore dress shoes to school ... no sneakers. Of course, in those days sneakers were not a status symbol.

  • Upcoming events

    Sweetheart Dance

    is Saturday

    The GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club has set the date for the annual Daddy’s Sweetheart Dance.

    The dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Williston Woman’s Club located at 1049 N.E. 6th Blvd. The dance is open to all girls in kindergarten through 5th grade.

  • Williston Police Reports

    Arrests listed by Williston Police:

    * Aaron J. Hubert, 28, of Northeast 5th Street, Williston, was accused of domestic battery and depriving of 911 after an incident at his home.

    * Jeffery Deandre Hawkins, 25, of Northeast 11th Street, Williston, was charged with possession of cocaine and resisting without violence, and driving with license suspended or revoked, after being chased by police when he failed to stop for having an inoperative tag light. He was caught at Williston Arms.