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Today's News

  • Walk to Bethlehem saw more than 500 visitors

    The last caravan for 2008 left Nazareth for the 80 mile journey to Bethlehem on Tuesday evening. More than 500 visitors joined in the numerous trips that either Pastor Dana or Callie Fields, from sponsoring church Living Water Life Center of Morriston, led over the 15-day annual event held on their property located on Hwy 121. Although the number of visitors was lower than last year; the event was blessed with 75 -100 volunteers from other churches willing to be in costume and serve in many capacities.

  • County commissioner appointments

    Editor:

    I recently read a couple of articles about the possible appointments for the Board of County Commissioners. I noticed there were several names of highly qualified individuals.

    I also noticed there were several individuals that did not live in those two respective Districts.

    If the Governor appoints someone for these two respective Districts who lives outside the respective Districts this might raise a few questions. By all appearances the Statutes and Ordinances dictate that a person serving on the Commission must reside in that particular District.

  • Williston football coach resigns

    After five good years leading the Red Devils, Williston football head coach Jamie Baker is calling it quits. In a surprise announcement Tuesday, Baker said he would be leaving the football field for the pasture to begin, or rather, reclaim a career in cattle ranching.

    “I’ve enjoyed coaching at Williston,” Baker said. “It’s as good a position as I could have had, and my decision has nothing to do with the position or the team or the people here. It was just time for a change of direction.”

  • Qualifyiing for city elections is Jan 12-16

    The qualification period for the three City Council seats available this year is scheduled beginning at noon on Monday, Jan. 12 and ending promptly at noon on Friday, Jan. 16.

    The seats available for this year’s March 3 election are Groups A, B and C.

    Steve Holcomb is the incumbent in Group A. Holcomb has been a member of the council since 2000. His particular area of responsibility is parks and recreation.

  • Council discusses permits at airport

    After the presentation of January’s Students of the month awards and the ceremonial swearing in of Marcus Collins as the new City Manager, the Williston City Council got down to two controversial items of business.

    Not for the first time, the council debated at length a policy for establishing a non-tenant business permit for those who wish to do business at the airport, but do not lease facilities there. And, not for the first time, the discussion resulted in the policy being sent back to the Airport Committee for reworking.

  • Upcoming events listing

    Saturday, January 10

    * Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Parish, 17353 NE 27A, Williston.

    Monday, January 12

    * 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.

    * WHS Athletic Boosters, 7 p.m., WHS Media Center.

    * Williston AARP Chapter 912, 9:30 a.m., Holy Family Catholic Church Hall. Visitors welcome. For information call 528-3323.

  • Upcoming events briefs

    ‘Acts’ study scheduled

    A study of the Acts of the Apostles will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston every Thursday from Jan. 8 to May 19 from 7-9 p..m. Acts follows the footsteps of Peter, Paul and the early Apostles who built the foundation of the church.

    For more information contact Yvette Garland at (352) 466-9186.

    Blood drive Friday, Saturday

  • Hey, governor, we're still here

    Catching up on some things after the holidays:

    WE’RE STILL HERE, GOVERNOR: Levy County’s Commission is still operating two people short as of this writing Tuesday night. Two commissioners were suspended some time ago, and yet the governor has not appointed even temporary replacements.

    Nancy Bell, Danny Stevens and Lilly Rooks deserve plaudits for keeping the county running in the absence of the two others, but it sure would be nice if the governor would give them some help. Those trials are still a long way away.

  • Christmas items stolen

    Editor:

    On New Year’s Day someone took a plastic Santa Claus and a candy cane out of my yard. I would like to say thank you for allowing it to stay in my yard over the Christmas Holidays. The children in the neighborhood really enjoyed walking through the yard and looking at the different items.

  • Students of the Month honored

    Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the January 2009 Student of the Month awards at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

    Each student is awarded a personalized certificate of achievement and a coupon for a pizza from King Munchie’s.

    From Joyce Bullock Elementary school, the designee is Kindergartener Maclayne McGowan, daughter of Paul and Scarlett McGowan. Maclayne was nominated by Mrs. Cecillia Edwards, her teacher, who made the following comments: