Today's News

  • Who needs that much Drama?

    Drama is defined an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances. Most of us know that. But there are so many of us who live it. Drama. With a capital “D”.

    In any environment, whether it’s school, work, family or social, there’s always Drama. Most people keep it to themselves, handle it privately and we never know what is going on.

    But then there are those who over exaggerate everything and thrive on the crisis of the minute. You know them too.

  • Crime down in Williston

    Crime may be on the rise but not in Williston.

    For the fourth consecutive year, total index offenses (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) were down 29 percent in the first six months of 2009.

    The police department’s closure rate increased from 27 percent to 47 percent.

    “Having a fully staffed department has enabled us to maintain a superior response time–two minutes on average–and an excellent investigative effort,” said Chief Dan Davis, who has been with the city for 10 years.

  • Officer of the Month

    David Deonarine was named officer of the month for July by Chief of Police Dan Davis.

    Deonarine is the commander of the Police Explorers. During July, he was instrumental in several drug arrests, which led to a series of robbery investigations.

  • Nights filled with kicking and screaming

    On a steamy Thursday evening just west of Williston, a huge metal building fills with young and old alike as students of Tae Kwon Do, the ancient Korean martial art, prepare to spend the next hour kicking and lunging.

    Under instructors Daniel Anderson, Chris Haralson and Demita Glover-Anderson, the students, ranging in age from 4 to 40ish, will focus on learning sets of forms and steps that will enable them to test in three months for the next rank in belts.

  • Emory Philman wants to rub you the right way

    Emory Philman puts his heart into his work and he has a tattoo to prove it.

    Philman, a massage therapist, is the newest member of Trenton Medical Center’s Williston office.

    A self-described farm boy from Bell, he became interested in massage therapy in 2002 and first learned equine massage at the Reddickee^School.

    Because of his genuine love of people–and the desire to help them feel better–he went to the Florida School of Massage and learned human techniques.

    For the last few years, Philman has alternated between horses and people.

  • Johnson named outstanding social studies teacher

    Anthony Johnson was recognized as one of Florida’s Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Johnson is the recipient of the “Dr. Theron Trimble Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award” -Elementary level for 2009.

    This award is sponsored by the Florida Council for the Social Studies, a professional organization of Social Studies educators striving to maintain and enhance the importance of Social Studies in Florida education.

  • Time to sign up for WYAA fall sports

    Sign-ups for fall sports is fast approaching. WYAA will offer the following sports this fall:

    Soccer (ages 5-17)..............$75

    Soccer pups (ages 3-5)......$35

    Flag Football (ages 5-8 [can't turn 8 prior to Aug.1]).....$60

    Fall Softball (ages 7-14)

    Sign up dates will be:

    Aug. 20 5:30-7:30

    Aug. 22 9 a.m. until noon

    Aug. 27 5:30-7:30

    Aug. 29 a.m. until noon

    A copy of the child's birth certificate is needed.


  • Council gives city manager five-year deal

    The Williston City Council awarded a long-term contract to its city manager at Tuesday’s evening meeting.

    Marcus Collins, whose tenure with the city began on Jan. 5, 2009, had been working on a one-year employment agreement designed to give Collins and the council time to evaluate each other and determine whether a longer-term agreement was in the interests of both parties.

  • Assessment notices are in the mail

    The proposed property tax bills hitting mailboxes earlier this week will be joined today by Levy County’s notice of its fire, waste, road and emergency medical service assessment notices.

    While property owners may think they are getting hit with the double whammy of notices for proposed property taxes and proposed assessments, business owners are the ones most likely to raise their eyebrows and pick up the phone to call their county commissioner when they see the EMS assessment.

  • Friends kick off Book Fair season Sept. 5

    Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its first book fair of the fall, Saturday, Sept. 5 in the City Hall Community Center located at the south end of Williston City Hall.

    The hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A huge number of books and magazines will be available.

     Volunteers are needed to help set up on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6 p.m. till about 8 p.m. The next morning, Friday, Sept. 4, volunteers will also be needed to complete the sorting and setting up and also on Saturday to help with the sale itself, from 8:30 a.m. till 1 p.m.