Today's News

  • WPD confiscates machine gun

    Williston police officers have recovered a World War II-era Japanese machine gun as a result of a traffic stop which led to the arrest of two women on drug charges.

    Abby Ross of the unit block of Regina Boulevard, Beverly Hills, and Traci Bower of the 11000 block of North Williams Street, Dunnellon, were charged initially with drug paraphernalia and illegal drug possession.

  • Community calendar

    Monday, June 16

    * 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.

    * Whole Wide World @ My Public Library. Join us for books, stories, games crafts, and much, much more. All programs begin @ 10:00 a.m. at Williston Public Library, 528-2313.

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

  • Upcoming events

    Fish fry Friday

    A fish fry will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Alt. U.S. 27, Williston, on June 13 at 6 p.m. The adult price is $7 and the child's price is $4. Takeouts are available. This fund-raiser helps people in the community with their financial problems.

    There are door prizes of a free ticket to the following fish fry and a drawing for an individual winner with a small gift in appreciation of attending this dinner.

    'Old School Prom'

    to be Saturday

  • Amber Bradley graduates

    On June 6 in the Williston High school media center, a long awaited goal was reached.

    Amber Bradley, who suffered extensive injuries in a vehicle crash in 2006 which killed two other students, participated in commencement ceremony with her class in 2007, but was unable to receive her diploma at that time due to unfinished credits.

    She has now finished her senior credits with the help of the hospital/homebound program offered by Levy County Schools.

  • Devils top Keystone Heights

    In Levy County's last look at spring football, the Williston Red Devils traveled to Keystone Heights, beating the Indians in a very close 14-9 game. Williston scored in the first play from scrimmage, springing Travis Evans loose inside for a 75-yard run. Chris Priest's point-after kick was true, giving the Devils an early 7-0 lead. Keystone responded later in the first when QB Brantley Lott lateraled to Clayton Mosely, who connected with Marcel Robinson for an Indian touchdown.

  • Business After Hours is June 12

    Eager Contracting, Warehouse Flooring to host Chamber event Eager Contracting, Inc. and Warehouse Flooring Outlet are hosting the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce's June After-Hours Mixer on Thursday, June 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Mixer, open to Chamber members and area residents, is designed to acquaint the public with locally owned and operated businesses. Local artist Linda Ballentine Brown, a charter member of the Cowboy Art Association of Florida, will have her paintings on display during the gathering.

  • Keeping cool at graduation

    When I first came to Williston and found out that graduation was in Gainesville, I was a bit surprised. Chiefland, Cedar Key and Bronson all hold their commencements at the schools. Then last year I went to graduation for the first time, and it was pretty good. I was still wondering how I would like traveling out of town for a Williston ceremony. This week, I went again, and I've come to the conclusion that my first impression was wrong. Going to the University of Florida's Center for the Performing Arts is a great thing, and I applaud whoever thought of it originally.

  • WHS seniors graduate

    Williston High School senior class president Kaylin Lindsey spoke briefly to her classmates at Monday's graduation exercises, saying "Our class has a personality of its own." She closed her talk by turning to her friends and calling out three little words, but not the words the audience expected. Instead, she said to them the class motto: "That's What's Up." The seniors on stage at the University of Florida Center for the Performing Arts burst into cheers and applause, but at that moment it may have dawned on many of them that this was really the end of their high school days.

  • Red light cameras likely soon

    For the Williston City Council, it was an evening for celebration and for decisions. The celebrations honored outstanding students in the Williston schools as well as six members of the Williston High School class of 2008 who have joined the U.S. Navy. Two major business items - electronic surveillance of red-light running and efforts to establish a new city hall at the north end of the Linear Park - were resolved after months of consideration and discussion. The council room was full to overflowing with relatives and friends of the honorees.

  • Independence Day plans move ahead

    On Thursday, July 3, Williston will celebrate Independence Day, starting with the annual parade at 5 p.m. The parade theme is "Hometown Heroes".

    This year the city is honoring two hometown heroes, Royal French and Catlin Mixson. They will lead the parade as grand marshals.