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Today's News

  • Banker Al Qualls named alumni of the year

    Banker Albert P. “Al” Qualls Jr. of Fort Walton Beach was honored as the Alumni of the Year by the Levy County Schools Foundation at its annual STARS Gala.

    The Gala, which raises money for classroom grants, scholarships and sponsors education projects held its annual bash at the Bronson High School cafetorium.  About 220 people attended, a slight drop from last year's 232 attendees. The event also raised, according to early unofficial estimates, over $20,000 plus $1,600 from a silent auction.

  • We gather together

    Prayer is a two-way street between God and man and if you do all the talking, you may be missing out on what God is saying to you.

    That was the introduction last week by Judge Joseph Smith, as he delivered opening remarks to about 50 people gathered at Heritage Park to mark the National Day of Prayer.

    Smith told the assembly that when he gave his life to Christ more than three decades ago, he knew, “I can’t sing–or at least well. I can’t play an organ or piano.”

  • Waiting on pins and needles

    Editor’s note: To protect the privacy of those interviewed in the following story, only first names are used.

    For one hour every Wednesday afternoon, people flock to Nature Coast Regional Hospital where they check their woes and stresses at the door and set about for a body, mind and spirit transformation.

  • Williston, Morriston slated for 2012-2014 property assessments

    To ensure that an accurate tax roll is maintained, the Levy County Property Appraiser’s office will continue to conduct a blanket assessment of properties in the county.

  • Painting with feeling

    There’s nothing traditional about Beryl Bayer, although she’s the first to tell you she went to college for the most traditional of reasons–to find a husband.

    When that didn’t pan out as her parents expected, Bayer shrugged it off and continued a life full of creativity, service and change.

  • Lions dance the night away

    If you didn't grab your poodle skirt and cuff your jeans, you missed out on a treat Saturday night as the Lions Club hosted a 40s/50s dance with live music, lots of food and many memories.

  • Just like home

    For 100 days, Ruth Williams, 90, of Orange Lake called Williston Nursing Home and Rehab Center home. Miss Ruth was taken ill suddenly and unexpectedly and after a lengthy stint in the hospital needed some place to convalesce while she regained her strength. “I’m a Christian,” she said the day before she was going home, “and I’ve heard of miracles. I saw them here.” She praised the staff and said the residents were “one solid family” who come from diverse backgrounds.

  • POSITIVELY Living

    Back in the ‘60s at the age of 16, Charles Millard painted his first car, a Pontiac Fire Chief . He recalls, “it was a nice clean job.” He painted the car aqua blue and says, “I’ve been a paint and body man ever since, both cars and motorcycles.”

  • John Moran: Capturing vanishing Florida through the camera’s lens

    Imagine, if you will, the land of rivers, lakes and springs long before Juan Ponce de León, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and Hernando DeSoto explored the virgin wilderness we now call Florida.

    Imagine the vast wildness of the woods, the azure sky filled with cumulus clouds and the dense undergrowth of the swamps, filled with creatures, both great and small.

    That is what Gainesville nature photographer John Moran does every time he picks up his Canon camera and journeys into the exploration of his adopted homeland.

  • Through it all, Joyce Smith keeps the faith and laughter

    Joyce Smith is one of Williston Rehabilitation & Nursing Center’s repeat customers. “Yep,” says the 71-year-old soon-to-be-great-grandmother, “I was here in June of 2007 to get rehab after my knee replacement, then again last January for a few weeks to get strong after I had a pacemaker put in.”