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Today's News

  • 24th Annual Peanut Festival is Oct. 6

    It’s time to celebrate the harvest, as thousands of people flock to Williston’s Heritage Park Oct. 6  for the 24th Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival, sponsored by the Williston Chamber of Commerce. 

     The festival, which annually draws more than 9,000 people from as far south as Key West to Georgia and Alabama,  is a family-oriented event.

  • Millage stands at 5.9025

    It’s official. 

    Williston City Council voted Tuesday night to reduce the general fund by some 12 percent and set the 2012 millage rate at 5.9025 mills.

    President Jason Cason informed those in attendance that the fund reduction was made possible, in part, by the eliminations of the employee bonus allocation and the ellimination of seven employees.

    But, Cason stressed,  those were actually seven unfilled positions and no layoffs were needed.

  • County property tax set at 8.01 mills

    The Levy County Commission — absent one member due to sickness — unanimously approved a property tax of 8.01 mills on Monday evening and a budget of $61,235,783 for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.
    The final millage is the result of a compromise by the commission which voted last week to raise property assessments for fire and emergency medical services to $90 and $119, respectively, to cover the cost of operations and to end using property taxes to cover those operations.
    The 8.01 mills is expected to bring in $12,947,479 for the general fund next year.

  • Cal Byrd is new councilor

    When qualifying for the city council seat left vacant by Jerry Robinson’s July resignation ended Friday,  only one person had thrown his hat into the ring.
    Cal Byrd, longtime Williston resident, qualified for the post without opposition.
    Because no one else expressed interest in the post, next week’s special election was cancelled.
    Byrd will be sworn in at the Sept. 25 meeting, which is also the last budget and millage hearing for the city before councilors adopt rates for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

  • Dennis Strow is POY nominee

    In the eighth month of a yearlong quest to find Williston’s Pioneer of the Year, Dennis Strow has been selected as the September  nominee.
    In the nomination letter, Strow was cited for being a pathfinder, an initiator and a trailblazer.
    In his job as the chief of police in Williston, Strow was lauded for implementing cost-saving ideas, keeping the community safe and being an integral part of the community.
    The selection process continues through December and a winner will be selected in January.

  • Williston will host Veterans Day parade

    The city of Williston will host the 2012 Veterans Day Parade and ceremony Monday, Nov. 12.
    The parade will kick off around 11 a.m. and wind its way down Noble Avenue to Heritage Park on North Main Street for a short program that will include music and guest speakers.
    All veterans and their families will be treated with free hot dogs and drinks at the park. Special tributes will be given to the men and women who served in our Armed Forces.

  • Martins welcome new son

    Stephan and Connie Martin announce the birth of their son, Raylan Joel, born Aug. 25, 2012 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
    The baby weighed 8 pounds, 1.2 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.
    The grandparents are Joel and June Martin of Williston and Andy and Cyndi Orlowski of Debary.
     

  • Miss Blomquist, Mr. Parker plan March wedding

    Tony and  Tonya Parker of Bronson announce the egagement of their son, Wesley Parker to Tegan Blomquist.
    The bride-elect is a native of Gainesville who plans to finish her accounting degree from Santa Fe college.
    The future groom  is a graduate of Bronson High School and is currently employed as a maintenance technician in Gainesville where the couple met.
     The couple will exchange vows March 2, 2013 at First Baptist of Bronson.
     

  • Santa Fe stuns Lady Red Devils

       The Santa Fe Lady Raiders volleyball team came to Williston’s gym on Thursday night Sept.13, and stunned the Lady Red Devils in three straight games.

    The Lady Raiders controlled the court in game one as they dropped many shots where the Lady Red Devils were unable to return the ball, 25-13. The Lady Raiders continued their domination in game two as they downed the Lady Red  Devils 25-6. 

  • The critic I always wanted to be

    When best friend Denise and I hit the road, misadventure is sure to follow.
    Now that 500 miles separate us, those road trips are rarer but they’re still something to bank on.
    These days, the misadventures tend to be more with my husband and though I am loathe to admit it, it seems the common denominator is none other than me.
    Our recent weeklong trip–about 1,800 miles–through Georgia, South Carolina,  North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and at last, Kentucky was again fraught with misadventure, albeit minor ones.