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Today's News

  • Williston Police Reports

    A disturbance at a local motel resulted in the arrest of a Mount Dora man on three charges.

    Police responded to the motel at 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 30 to respond to complaints of a man banging on the doors of other motel guests. Upon arrival, officer Kevin Sheppard found that Malcom T. Barnett, 47, was at his room and according to the report appeared "highly intoxicated." The report says he looked at officers in "an aggressive manner."

    Other guests said he had threatened to shoot someone with a gun, but no weapon was found in his room.

  • So many peanuts, so little room

    The Peanut Festival held last weekend is in the books, and if the crowds are any indication, it was well received and well liked.

    People were everywhere.

    For one thing, the weather was a lot cooler than last year, and people could walk up and down with feeling like they were getting heat stroke.

    I was amazed that the previous week in our paper, under our poll question, a majority of people said they would not attend. I'm not sure why. There are a lot of things to see and do, and plenty, plenty of food.

    Unfortunately, there isn't plenty of parking.

  • Thanks for safety day

    Editor:

    The members of Ornan Lodge No. 117, Free and Accepted Masons of Williston, would like to thank the Williston Police Dept., Williston Explorers, Williston Fire Dept. and the Levy County Sheriff's Office for making "Child Safety Day" on Sept. 27 a complete success. Their commitment to our youth is commendable and paramount to our future.

    Ornan Lodge is also grateful to the AARP, Williston Junior Woman's Club, North Central Florida Child Care and Frito-Lay Corp. who provided services to the young and not so young alike.

  • Pilot praises airport

    Editor:

    I have been a long time proponent and corporate pilot based at Williston Municipal Airport. I recently noted that a new terminal expansion is about to commence. This should be a huge improvement for the airport, the citizens of Williston and the airports' customers, congratulations to the Airport Supervisor, Airport Board and Chairwoman Debra Jones for this improvement.

  • Peanut royalty

    Tayelen Seabrook and Reagan Jones are the 2008 Little Peanut King and Queen for the Williston Peanut Festival.

  • Council cuts police position

    After some opening pleasantries, the Williston City Council focused on the subject that concerns everyone in the nation: finances. Paying expected bills, authorizing some unexpected expenditures, contracting for budgeted items and suggestions for new revenue streams were the primary thrust of the meeting.

  • Are our falls better?

    Recently, I talked to the real estate agent in Georgia who helped me with my house hunting. She said, "you'd love it up here today." I asked about their weather. "Clear," she said, "and not too hot and not too cold." Northern Georgia was having one of those bright fall days most of us love. A week or so after my conversation with her, our area headed into some similar fall days.

  • Upcoming events

    Homecoming set

    at First Baptist

    First Baptist church of Williston will celebrate 150 years with Homecoming Weekend Oct. 10-12.

    Dr. John Sullivan, executive director treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, will be the featured preacher for all three services.

    Friday's service, "A Time for Remembering," will begin at 7 p.m.

    Saturday's service, "A Time for Renewing," will begin at 6 p.m.

    Sunday's service, "A Time for Rejoicing," will begin at 10 a.m.

  • Karaoke contest held

    The Levy County Fair Association held their Karaoke Pre-qualifying competition in Williston this past Saturday.

    Junior Karaoke Contest winners:

    First Place - Katelyn Robinson

    Second Place - Cierra Barges

    Pre-Qualifying contest winners. All six singers below now qualify for the final competition on the main stage of the Levy County Fair.

    First place - Truce Allen

    Second place - Amber Richburg

    Third place - Kyra Fitzgerald

    Fourth place tie - Dandi McCallister and Tiffany Lesher

    Fifth place - Kristin Stewart

  • Fair just three weeks away

    The second annual Miss and Little Miss Levy County Fair contest is set to kick off. Young ladies from all over the county are encouraged to participate. The contest and crowning will take place on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. Plan to come and cheer them on. If you're interested in participating please visit the Web site for details.