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Editorials

  • Questions should have been asked two years ago

    As the Williston City Planner and members of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) addressed the elephant in the room last week about the property owners' intent concerning backdoor beautification that abuts Block 12, we couldn't help but ask ourselves, "Why now?"

  • City picks up the gauntlet

    Six months ago we challenged the city of Williston to take a little pride in its own properties before mandating its residents do the same.

    Over 60 years of weather and neglect marred the faces of two prominent city properties – city hall and its annex.

    Chipped, flaking paint; mildewed facades and the absence of landscaping created eyesores in our midst.

    Those of us who live here saw the deterioration day in and day out. We saw it so often, we soon became complacent about it and in time, immune to it.

  • Pride begins at city hall

    If leadership begins at the top, then the drive to make Williston a more attractive city must begin at city hall.

    Civic groups and individuals alike have picked up the gauntlet to clean up Williston. Two of the city council's appointed committees, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement have put in countless hours to make Williston better, prettier.

    And what has the council and staff done to beautify its own property?

  • Williston Civic Center ownership should not be a factor

     The news that a community center could become a reality has caused an excitement in Williston  that has been unparalleled in a long time.

    The once-in-a-generation opportunity has taken flight with dreams of a home for the arts, hopes for adult education advancements, visions for youth mentoring programs and a place for our senior adults to gather.

  • Honoring those who served

     

    The nation will observe Veterans Day this week, amid what seems to be an increasing movement to honor and respect those who serve and have served in America’s military.

  • Sean Mullins is an everyday hero

     For almost a dozen years – 11 in fact – the mentally challenged in our county have been able to rely on the resources they need, thanks in part to the Ride to Provide, a motorcycle ride with its funds going to Levy ARC, located in Otter Creek.

  • Enveloped in mystery, changed by magic

     

    The change was instantaneous and if it hadn't happened to me, I would have never believed it.

  • Shouldn't the punishment fit the crime?

     

    It's encouraging to know that after years of doing nothing, absolutely nothing, to enforce the codes it has on the  books regarding buildings and property, the city of Williston is finally taking a step in the right direction and taking some action to correct wrongs.

  • Your newspaper, your community, your life

     By Jim Zachary

  • Crabfest chaos has to stop now

     There’s a lot of good people in the community commonly called East Williston and Saturday those people became victims when violence took over an event that has long roots in the community–Crabfest.