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Today's News

  • City manager hopeful list cut

    Williston's City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to determine which among the 24 candidates for city manager they wanted to interview.

    Each council member and Mayor Gerald Hethcoat had been asked to rate the candidates based on criteria that could total 100 points. Those criteria included education (the advertisement had specified at least a bachelor's degree in business or public administration) and employment history (the ad specified three to five years of public employment in Florida, at either the city manager level or below with increasing responsibility.)

  • Book Fair to be held on Oct. 4

    Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its October First Saturday Book Fair, Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Williston City Hall Community Center.

    It is the same day as the Peanut Festival which is held on the strand along Main Street. Special events of the book fair will be the selling of both the Williston: Crossroads of Florida and the Levy County History Book at a special combination price. Drollene Brown, a faithful member of the history books projects, will be on hand to sell these bargains.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday, October 4

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

    * Friends of the Williston Library, Book Fair, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Center in the City Hall Complex.

    Monday, October 6

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

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

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

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

    Tuesday, October 7

  • Upcoming events

    Church yard sale

    The Gospel Barn Church, 7351 S.E. 196th Ave., Morriston, (Small Farms Road) is having a large church yard sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3-4.

    Morriston benefit

    Willard's Restaurant and Lounge in Morriston presents "Howl'n at the Moon" party on Oct. 3, 4 and 5 for the benefit of the Morriston Volunteer Fire Dept.

    There will be live music from Thicker Than Water, Local Traffic and Willie and the Po Boys. There will be a bake sale and yard sale hosted by Nature Coast Abate, and a Friday night costume contest.

  • Wild observations

    One of the things I'll miss in Georgia is our beautiful springs. In September I met with friends at Rainbow Springs. We go there frequently during the summer, always on a week day.

    For a dollar, visitors can swim, picnic, stroll the scenic paths or just relax for the whole day.

    It's the best bargain in town. The swimming area is a roped off section of the Rainbow River Springs headwater. The water is clear turquoise blue with white sand on the bottom. The temperature of the water stays the same in all seasons, a refreshing 72 degrees or so.

  • Getting to know you

    As Williston Woman's Club co-president Bunny Sandlin outlines the club's history, the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" comes to mind. Remember the part when the angel reveals to George Bailey what a significant contribution he has made to the community in which he lives?

  • Sparr holds open house

    Sparr Building and Farm Supply celebrated the love of horses by hosting "Share Your Passion" Open Houses last week, including Friday in Williston.

    At the open house, horse owners had the opportunity to meet local Purina Mills representatives and talk with equine specialists about the latest in care and nutrition.

  • First Baptist to hold Homecoming

    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.

  • Williston boys win cross country meet

    Upstarts and veterans alike took home hardware from Williston's cross country meet, featuring teams from Williston, Chiefland, Cedar Key, Bradford and Fort White. Chiefland varsity girls, in only their second year as a team, took home the girls' crown. Amie Biehl, who paced off Allie Wheeler last year (Wheeler has since transferred), grabbed a new pacer in JaRobyn Rome and won the girls' race in 26:06. Rome had 26:58 as her final; April Geiger was third with 28:31 and Mariah Mather was fifth with 29:11.

  • Local football team looking for players

    Gulf Coast Panthers football is back for its third season after finishing 10-4 last year and league runner up. Club owner and president Lee Bell and VP Mark Marrazo say the team is looking for a few good men to fill the ranks.

    "We're looking for players, coaches, sponsors and chain crew," he said. "We want people to know we're here, we're sticking around, and we want to expand and get even better."