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Today's News

  • Champion barrel racer to be at local rodeo

    A Champion Barrel Racer, Sabra O'Quinn, one of many women in hot pursuit of the Southeastern Championship year-end title, is currently in the lead and looking to win the 2008 championship. Next week end, Octc. 3-4 , the Williston Horeseman's Club member will be running in the PRCA Rodeo at the Williston Horseman's Park Arena as she tries to extend her lead in this title race.

  • Trinity too much for Williston

    It was easy to get out of breath last Friday night just watching Trinity Catholic and Williston play football.

    Although the outcome was undesirable, it was a very entertaining game as Trinity outlasted Williston, 63-42, in a non-district contest at Williston.

    The win left Trinity at 3-0, while Williston dropped to 2-1. The Red Devils play at Dixie County this week.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Drug Task Force continued to arrest suspects from drug buys made earlier in the Williston area.

    * Harold Monroe Dallas, 21, of Northeast 23rd Place, Williston, was charged with two counts of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis and sale of cannabis after alleged sales to a confidential source on July 11 and July 14 in the 21300 block of Northeast 35th Street. Total bond was $45,000.

  • Farewell to my favorite Phillies fan

    Being a Mets fan, it's awfully hard to make friends with a Phillies fan. After all, that's the team that knocked the Mets out of the playoffs last year, and they're about to do it again.

    However, there was one man in Levy County that I could call and joke with about baseball, and sports in general. As late as a week ago Tuesday, we were on the phone to each other talking about the pennant race, among other things in local sports. He was my favorite Phillies fan.

    His name was Claude Lewis, and he was a writer and sports editor for our sister paper, the Chiefland Citizen.

  • CRA takes a field trip

    Members of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) took a stroll during their Monday evening meeting.

    Williston's Interim City Manager Mark Schiefer suggested the outing as a prelude to talking about the progress on the first block of Heritage Park and a couple of difficulties that had been encountered. They looked at sidewalk paving, where some unanticipated curbing will be required.

  • City approves budget

    The Williston City Council gave final approval to resolutions 2008-23 and 2008-24 at a special meeting on Tuesday evening.

    The first of those resolutions set the millage rate for the 2008-2009 fiscal year at 5.9025 mills. That was the rollback rate recommended by Finance Director Mark Schiefer and accepted at earlier meetings by the council. The roll back rate represents the millage rate that is necessary for the city to realize the same ad valorem revenues as in the last fiscal year, based on property values.

  • 24 apply for city manager

    The search for a Williston city manager has shifted into high gear among City Council members.

    Twenty-four resumes for the position have been received in response to an ad placed in local papers and in communications of organizations such as the Florida League of Cities.

    City Council members will rate the candidates on a numeric scale according to predetermined criteria. The top candidates will be interviewed and subject to further scrutiny.

  • Lots of activities this weekend

    This is one of those weekends in Williston where, if you can't find something to do, you aren't looking very hard.

    One of the big events is for parents to bring their children to the Masonic Lodge on State Road 121 headed toward Gainesville. It's Child Safety Day, and it runs from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. The Levy County Sheriff's Office, Williston fire and police departments, Ocala Shriners, AARP, which will be holding a flu shot clinic, and other agencies will be on hand to provide information and demonstrations.

  • Peanut Festival is Oct. 4

    The Central Florida Peanut Festival is coming! This is a family-friendly event sponsored by the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce. It features a variety of delicious foods and assorted types of peanuts and peanut products, including our famous southern peanut pie! Rides, music, crafts, vintage cars and antique tractors will also be here for your enjoyment.

  • Library Friends play host to Highwayman

    The Friends of the Williston Public Library provided an enthusiastic audience as artist Sylvester M. Wells presented the program at the library on Thursday, Sept. 18.

    Sylvester, one of the original "Highwaymen" spoke about his career and proceeded to paint a canvas which was commissioned by the library. The painting is being raffled as a fundraiser.