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Today's News

  • City finance director resigns

    Mark Schiefer, the city’s finance director for more than six years, has tendered his resignation effective the end of December.

    Council president Debra Jones announced Schiefer’s resignation at the city council meeting on Tuesday night.

    Schiefer has made many improvements to the city’s handling of its finances and brought order to a formerly chaotic budget process.

  • Williston lays off six

    The city of Williston announced Monday that it will lay off six employees on Nov. 30, in order to maintain a balanced budget.

    The sticking point, according to city council president Debra Jones, is the employees’ union, AFSCME, insisting on the retention of a “Cadillac” insurance plan whose rates have escalated to the point at which the city can no longer afford to keep its current staff and pay the insurance premiums for them.

  • Bronson mayor refuses to resign

    Bronson resident C.W. Gilbert wants the mayor to resign. And he’s not giving up at making the request just once.

    During the Town Council’s November’s meeting, Gilbert said Mayor Franklin Schuler’s actions in public have been inappropriate and that he needed to step down. Schuler refused.

    Gilbert has asked to be on the agenda for the meeting on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. to speak on the same topic.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, I was returning from Tampa on I-75. As I neared mile marker 345, I watched a blue SUV strike the guardrail in the opposite lane, and overturn. I watched an object fly from the SUV so I called 911 and I stopped to assist. The object that was ejected turned out to be the young female driver. She had no pulse and was unresponsive to first aid.

  • Luigi Piccola: Keeping bronze at the park

    It’s a rare person who reaches the age of 60 without having experienced at least one life-altering misfortune. Even though he doesn’t say as much, 61- year-old Luigi Piccola seems to bear this reality in mind as he considers his own difficult circumstances.

    In a fall a year ago, Luigi broke his hip and damaged his knee.

    After leaving the hospital, he went first to Parklands Rehab & Nursing Center in Gainesville, then transferred here to Williston Rehab.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Officer reports the following arrests:

    Alonzo Jay Harden, 27, of Trenton was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with burglary, criminal mischief and domestic battery. Bond was $17,000.

  • Lady Red Devils scorch Lady Indians

     "It wasn't a very good first game, but I'm proud of the way my girls came back to play in the second half. If we play that hard the rest of the way I'll be a happy man," Chiefland's first year Lady Basketball Coach Chris Wilson said following the game,

    The Lady Indians were held scoreless in the entire first half of play as the Williston Lady Red Devils took a 34-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.

  • James Pitt lands role in new James Cameron film

    James Pitt, a Hollywood film actor, former Williston resident and graduate of WHS, has landed the role of space shuttle pilot in James Cameron’s upcoming film, Avatar. The film is Cameron’s first feature film project since the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.

  • Yearty, Parker trial begins Monday

    Levy County Commisioners Sammy Yearty of Gulf Hammock and Anthony “Tony” Parker of Bronson were on top of the world just a little over a year ago. Both had been re-elected — Yearty handily and Parker in an 88-vote squeaker.

    The next day, Yearty was in federal court accused in an unsealed federal indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes in return for using his position on behalf of a fictitious company, Gideon Development and the developer, an undercover agent who went by the name “Sean Michaels,” and of lying to federal investigators.

  • Up in Flames

    Kathryn Mauldin watched her house burn to rubble on Nov. 17.

    “It feels like a burden is lifted off my shoulders,” she said.

    Mauldin donated her termite-infested home, on the corner of Northeast First Street and First Avenue, to the Williston Fire Department for training.

    The fire department, which eventually burned the house completely to the ground, used Mauldin’s home to practice different scenarios including a live training burn, said Danny Wallace, the public information officer of the Williston Fire Department.