Local News

  • Batchelor is Pioneer of Year nominee

    Theresa Batchelor was named March’s nominee in the Williston Pioneer’s 10-month search for Pioneer of the Year.
    Batchelor, operates Beauty’s Haven, a horse rescue   farm. She was selected by an independent panel of judges to become  this month’s nominee.
    The nomination letter, which will be printed in its entirety in December, stresses her selflessness in rehabilitating horses and placing them in good homes.

  • Inmates returning to city

    Free labor is returning to Williston and the city council couldn’t be more pleased.
    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council voted to enter into a contract with the State of Florida Department of Corrections that will send six inmates to the city to work.
    This is not a new venture for the city, but when the Forestry Work Camp closed due to budget constraints, inmates were assigned to other facilities and the city lost–in the words of City Manager Pat Miller– “a valuable workforce.”

  • New Kids on the Block

    Their backgrounds share no similarities but their futures are pointed toward the same goal–service to Williston in leadership roles.
    Jason Cason and Charles Goodman were elected earlier this month to the Williston City Council–Cason was unopposed and Goodman won in a landslide victory over the incumbent. The two will take their seats at 7 p.m. April 10 in formal swearing in ceremonies at city hall.
    Jason Cason

  • Avery Baker runs for Levy School Board, District 2

    Avery Baker announced his candidacy for Levy County School Board, District 2.
    He writes, “My name is Avery Baker and I am campaigning for the School Board of Levy County, District 2 seat.  I have lived in Levy County for over 25 years and I feel I have the appropriate qualities and experience to be an effective school board member and to govern with the best interest of the students and employees of the Levy County schools in mind.

  • Rotary Youth Camp: 14 days of fun for those with disabilities

    This year will mark 18 summers that youth with disabilities will have a chance to be like other children when Rotary Youth Camp kicks into gear.
    Supported by the Rotary Clubs in District 6940, including the Williston club, the camp will be the home-away-from-home for at least 80 campers from Florida and Georgia.
    Leslie Smith, the camp’s executive director, updated Williston Rotarians Tuesday on the efforts–and struggles–of the camp to provide outdoor opportunities for children whose disabilities range from moderate to severe.

  • Team Tango enters venture with Chinese firm

    Team Tango, the North Central Florida cutting edge aircraft manufacturer has signed a Sino/USA joint venture with the Taihang Xinghe Aircraft Manufacturing Co, Ltd. of Hubei, PRC.

  • Suwannee River Fair is under way
  • Suwannee River Fair Schedule
  • FOL focus on contributions of black Americans

    What do the disposable syringe, central heat and air and the Super Soaker all have in common?
    They were all invented by black Americans.
    As part of its celebration of Black History Month during February, the Williston Friends of the Library hosted Maralyn Cowart, a self-described trivia and history buff who enlightened a standing-room-only crowd about little known contributions of black Americans to the world.

  • Bronson Council in a stink over sewer

    A heated debate between several Bronson Town Council members Monday night ended when the council unanimously agreed that the town’s sewer ordinance stinks.
    “A lot of the language is imprecise and very loose,” Town Attorney Steven Warm told the council.
    Members, acting on Warm’s advice and offer to draft a new ordinance, voted to schedule a series of workshops to address the issue after a disagreement over how much of an impact fee should be charged to residents and business owners when connecting to new sewer lines.