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Today's News

  • New fire truck approved

    It's taken a while and it's going to take a bit longer, but the Williston Fire Department will at last be able to replace one of its main trucks.

    At its meeting last week, city council approved for the department to order a new truck, estimated to cost $408,000.

    The new vehicle replaces one that was totaled when someone ran into it while the department was answering a call last year.

  • City millage stays the same

    Operating on a budget that is a 1.4 decrease in expenditures from 2016-2017, the Williston City Council voted last week to keep the millage rate the same as last year.

    At the first public hearing, Sept. 6, with no one from the public in attendance, the council first voted to keep the rate at 5.8627 mills, with Council President Charles Goodman dissenting.

    When asked about the reason for his "nay" vote, Goodman asked, "Were you at our budget workshops?"

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Sept. 14, Ruperto Alpizar-Secundino, 30, Williston, no DL. Bond $1,000.

    • Sept. 12, Faith Lynn Alvarez, 47, Fanning Springs, two counts possession of a controlled substance w/o prescription, and/or use. Bond $12,000.

    • Sept. 15, Vincent Louis Baker, 21, Crystal River, VOP.

    • Sept. 16, Frank Barnes, 69, Bronson, fleeing/eluding LEO, possession of cocaine, and/or use. Bond $160,000.

    • Sept. 14, L.W. James Brown, 22, Bronson, VOP.

  • Happenings

    September

    Book Sale

    The Friends of the Williston Library will hold its Autumn Book Sale Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. behind the library.

    Lions Club Car Show

    The Williston Lions Club will host a Car and Motorcycle Show Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    Registration is 8-11 a.m. and is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show.

    There will be a 50/50 drawing, live music from Chrome and a barbecue lunch will be available for purchase.

  • The Pioneer Woman

    I’m accustomed to power outages.

    In February 1985 while living in the Kentucky mountains, a freak storm dumped 18 inches of snow in a short time and paralyzed the entire region.

    Not only was driving a risk, I was a young mother with a two-year-old, a two-month-old baby and no electricity.

    Our house was drafty on a good day and with an infant, I had to evacuate my home in order to keep the babies warm.

  • We the people . . .

    Monday, Cookie King, along with her staff at Cookie King Real Estate presented pocket-sized books of the Constitution to students at Williston Middle High School in recognition of Constitution Day.

    “It’s important for you to have this document,” King told members from the school’s academic clubs, FFA, HOSA, FBLA and AVID, who represented the student body.

    “As Americans,” she said, “we all have lots of opinions and we don’t always agree. The Constitution protects all of us.”

  • City workers excel during Irma

    Hurricane Irma tested almost everyone's patience last week, but Tuesday night in its postmortem of the situation, Williston's leaders had nothing but good to say about its workers.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann briefed council members on how he monitored the situation pre-storm, during the storm and afterward, telling them that a phone call rather than email or text is always the best way to get his attention.

  • Happenings

    September

    Lions Club Sale

    The Williston Lions Club, located at 401 SE 6th Ave., is holding a huge used furniture sale Sept. 16. Come check out the selections available.

    All proceeds are used for community based programs. The club is open Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is also open Fridays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    WWII Vets

  • Purple Pinkie Peanut Run hits ground running Oct. 7

    The Rotary Club of Williston will host its 5th Annual Purple Pinkie Peanut Run Saturday, Oct. 7 to kick off the Peanut Festival. The event includes a 5K Fun Run or 1 Mile Walk open to all ages.

    Proceeds from the run go toward the Rotary Club of Williston’s service projects, Levy County Youth programs and the Rotary International Purple Pinkie project.

    Registration is just $30 for adults and $15 for students.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

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

    • Sept. 4, Richard Acritelli, 70, Morriston, battery on person 65 years or older, petit theft. Bond $85,000.

    • Sept. 5, Daniel Lee Armstrong, 36, Bronson, petit theft.

    • Sept. 4, Paul Franklin Bruce, 33, Archer, DWLSR. Bond $2,000.

    • Sept. 9, Casey Michael Buesing, 33, Cedar Key, disorderly intoxication. Bond $5,000.

    • Sept. 5, Marcelo Cordosa-Martinez, 32, Morriston, touch or strike. Bond $35,000.