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NEWS

  • The American Legion Post 236 and the VFW Post 5511 held Memorial Day services at Orange Hill Cemetery in Williston on Sunday afternoon.

  • The mystery of the foal found inside the Williston city limits recently has been solved with a happy ending but a sad twist.

    Carmello Zappulla of Kimberlite Farm on U.S. 41 has come forward to claim the colt. Zappollo told authorities he found one of his mares dead on Friday, May 16. The mare was bred, but no foal was evident. Zappulla assumed the mare had died prior to giving birth.

  • On April 7, Williston Fire Rescue responded Northeast 85th Street in Raleigh to a reported grass fire. Upon arrival, firefighters reported a 3 to 4 acre pasture fire spreading rapidly.

    Firefighter Lt. Shane Colman and Firefighter Daniel Smith immediately started extinguishing the grass fire.

    Shortly after containing the fire and starting a second sweep to look for hot spots firefighter Smith noticed the landowner lying on the ground. Smith immediately notified Coleman and they found that he was not breathing had no pulse.

  • The East Williston Park is a major step closer to reality after the City Council approved the site plan and gave the go-ahead for permitting at its Tuesday meeting.

  • Perhaps as a sign of troubled economic times, a 5-day old foal was found abandoned Saturday morning, May 16, at about 7:30 a.m. on the outskirts of Williston.

    The foal was found between some parked trucks about 100 feet off U.S. 41 about a half a mile from the intersection of State Road 121.

    Seen first by a passerby, the foal, a colt, is being cared for by a nearby horse farm. There are two adjoining businesses- BC Hauling and Williston Peanut. Volunteers have scoured all surrounding farms in the immediate area from which the foal may have originated.

  • On a hot, dry Thursday morning last week, members of the Williston branch of the AARP descended upon a mobile home on 118th Terrace, northeast of Bronson, with one purpose in mind - build a ramp.

    It was a combination of the Rural Ramp Program that serves North Central Florida, and the National Day of Service for the AARP, that brought the two programs together at the home of Rexford and Dexter Batten and Lynn Zeneski, and their five dogs.

  • Williston's CRA awarded a Facade Improvement Grant to Vaughn Brewington, proprietor of Video Central, for repairs to the building at 143 W. Noble Ave. Work will include replacement of the overhang, new weather-resistant lights, and painting.

    This is the second award made in this year's grant program; the first was to Donna Dunaway, who owns the building at 424 W. Noble Ave, across from Williston High School. Dunaway would like to restore the building to resemble its original appearance and the list of improvements is extensive.

  • The first batch of FCAT test scores are in, and the good news is, Levy County students showed impressive gains in writing skills.

    However, the Levy scores still lag below the state average in that area of testing.

    Results from the reading, math and science segments of FCAT won't be available until later this spring or early summer. The accumulation of all the

    tests will give each district and school a numerical grade i.e. A,B,C,D,F.

  • The city of Williston needs to find $750,000 to pay for a project that has to be completed by Jan. 9.

    At a workshop Monday at City Hall, interim City Manager Mark Schiefer met with engineers and grant specialists to discuss the new water well the city is drilling north and east of town.

    A Community Development Block Grant was received for some of the construction, which is scheduled to finish in November. "We certainly have a funding shortage," Schiefer said.

  • At its Tuesday evening meeting, City Council gave its approval to moving forward with two significant ongoing projects: the purchase of a new city hall and the installation of traffic light monitors to detect red-light runners.

  • HIGH SPRINGS - A man whose fund-raising quest was to travel from Williston to California in a wagon behind two horses ended tragically in High Springs when one of his horses died early Thursday, May 1, after being hit by a car.

    Rodney Burnett, 51, left Williston earlier in the week with much fanfare. He had planned on taking a trip all the way to the Pacific Ocean, raising money along the way for Ladder H Farms, an organization that, once it had enough money, would provide therapeutic experiences for disabled people through the use of horses.

  • TALLAHASSEE - On Thursday, April 24, State Representative Will Kendrick (R-Carrabelle) gave his farewell remarks to the Members of the Florida House of Representatives. This week marks the final week of the last legislative session he will serve in the House due to term limits.

    He was acknowledged for remarks by Speaker Pro Tempore Marty Bowen and Speaker Marco Rubio announced that Kendrick had 15 minutes to speak, 10 as a Republican and 5 as a Democrat which, in turn, brought laughter throughout the chamber and gallery.

  • Williston's City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to determine how to go about selecting a new city manager to replace Jim Coleman, who was fired last week on a 4-1 vote.

    The panel's initial task was to confirm the appointment of Mark Schiefer, currently the city's finance director, as interim city manager. Schiefer has indicated that he is not interested in taking on the position on a permanent basis.

  • Saturday at the Williston Horseman's Park there was a full night of entertainment and the sport of rodeo. It was the 14th annual Johnny Hodge Memorial High School Rodeo.

    One big hit and laugh of the night was the Donkey Derby. Sheriff Johnny Smith, County Commissioners Tony Parker and Danny Stevens, Bronson City Councilman Berlon Weeks and Rodeo Chairman Duke Reid were the five men jockeys

    Leanne Carnes was the sole woman donkey rider, becoming a last minute substitute for husband Larry Carnes who is a candidate for president of the Williston Horseman's Association.

  • Williston High School will hold a Parent Night on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Williston High School for all Williston Middle School 8th grade parents/students to present information and answer questions you may have about your child's entrance into the 9th grade for next school year.

    Eighth grade students will bring home information on April 30 for the pre-registration process that should aid you in making important decisions about your child's future.

  • The drug trade in Levy County and surrounding areas took a big hit recently with the announcement last week of the arrest of more than 70 people in a joint Levy-Dixie County effort.

  • About 15 minutes after Tuesday's City Council meeting started, City Manager Jim Coleman picked up his notebook and his dark glasses and walked out of the community center.

    He had just been fired by the Williston council.

    Later in the meeting finance director Mark Schiefer was named interim city manager. Final terms of his new position will be discussed at a special meeting and workshop next Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The council will also discuss how they want to proceed to fill the permanent position.

  • A face familiar to former students in all parts of Levy County is entering the race for school superintendent.

    Robert Hastings, who retired as Chiefland High principal nearly two years ago, said last Thursday that he would enter the race.

    While attending the Williston baseball game, he was asked if "rumblings of a candidacy" were true. "There are no rumblings," he said with a smile. "I'm running."

  • U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Ocala) will hold one town meeting in Williston and three in Ocala on Saturday, April 12. So far Stearns has held over 500 town meetings across North Central Florida. "I look forward to meeting with the citizens of the Sixth District to discuss the important issues," said Stearns.

    The Williston meeting will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at the library. 10 S.E. First Ave.

    Other meetings are:

    Ocala Palms

    10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Magnolia Room

    Royal Palm Clubhouse

    Oak Run

    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Oak Run Country Club

  • Three residential subdivisions and variances to allow them met with unanimous approval from the Levy County Board of County Commissioners on April 8.

    Angelina Farms, a 70-acre site outside the Williston Municipal Service District (MSD), was approved. It will be seven 10-acre residential lots.

    Harper's Subdivision, a 40-acre site to the east of Chiefland near Levy County Road 134 and CR 320 East, was approved.

    It will include four residential lots - ranging in size from 8.8-acres to 9.7-acres.